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Rome - Keats and Shelley, the Protestant cemetery and the cats of Rome

Keats and Shelley, the Protestant cemetery and the cats of Rome

Cimitero Acattolico, Rome, Italy
30 mins

About the tour

After Oscar Wilde visited the Cimitero Acattolico in Rome in 1877, he wrote to the Reverend J Page Hopps, “Keats’s grave is a hillock of grass with a plain headstone, and it is to me the holiest place in Rome” (The Letters of Oscar Wilde, 1962). Keats had been laid to rest here in February 1821. His fellow romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley had interred his and his wife Mary Shelley’s three-year-old son William here in 1819. In the preface to Adonais, Shelley’s soaring pastoral elegy to Keats, he wrote, “The cemetery is an open space among the ruins, covered in winter with violets and daisies. It might make one in love with death, to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place.” Just 23 months after Keats’s death, Shelley’s ashes were also placed in the cemetery. We will talk about the poets reading some poetries surrounded by the beauty of the pyramid and one of the largest cats community of Rome

Meet your local guide


Sara is a roman native, traveller, dreamer, addicted to painting and fascinated by all expressions of art. She is a licensed tour guide of Rome and the Vatican, speaks fluent English, French and Spanish and at school also learnt some German! Not only does Sara love languages but foreign cultures and traditions too. She graduated with a degree in foreign languages at the "Roma Tre" University and after finishing she started to travel to many countries to improve her knowledge, accent and professional skills. She loves her career as a guide and finds it incredibly interesting. She has worked for several cruise tour operators such as royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity cruises, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Riviera. In 2011 she embarked on a new and exciting experience guiding students in cooperation with Palazzi-Florence association for International Education and EF students. Sara knows her city like the back of her hand and can't wait to show you around!

Sara has been guiding since Mar 2002

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Rome with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Rome. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

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