Keats and Shelley are buried in the Non-Catholic Cemetery in the Testaccio area of Rome.
Rome's Non-Catholic Cemetery, also known as the Protestant Graveyard, is the final resting place of the English Romantic poets John Keats (1795-1821) and Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822).
Keats succumbed to tuberculosis and died in Rome aged 25 in what is today the Keats-Shelley House at the foot of the Spanish Steps.
Keats' gravestone, inscribed with the immortal words 'Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water' can be found in a quiet corner of the oldest section of the Non-Catholic Cemetery, in the shadow of the Pyramid of Cestius.
The English painter Joseph Severn (1793-1879), who nursed Keats devotedly during his final illness, is buried next to the poet, and Severn's infant son Arthur in buried under a small tombstone between the two men.
The ashes of Shelley, who died aged 29 during a storm off the Tuscan coast near Lerici in 1822, are buried in the highest part of the cemetery's zona vecchia, opposite the main entrance.
Three and a half years earlier the poet's three-year-old son William "Wilmouse" Shelley was buried in the cemetery after dying of a fever, most likely malaria, on Via Sistina in Rome. Little Wilmouse was laid to rest not far from Keats' grave, in close proximity to the pyramid.
Writing in a letter to Thomas Love Peacock in 1818, Shelley described the cemetery thus: "The English burying-place is a green slope near the walls, under the pyramidal tomb of Cestius, and, as I think, the most beautiful and solemn cemetery I have ever beheld."
Almost 60 years after Shelley's death, his friend and adventurer Edward Trelawny was buried beside the poet.
Cover image: Keats' grave, photo by Giovanni Dall'Orto.
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Rome's Romantic Poets: where to find the graves of Keats and Shelley
Via Caio Cestio, 6, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
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