The damned poet Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) travelled to several towns in Italy: from Florence to Naples, to Genoa and Milan just to write a few…. In 1900 - the same year when he died – he arrived in Rome, on Holy Thursday. He met the Pope and received his blessing.
When writing to his friend Robert Ross, he states that Rome is ‘the city of his soul’, which pairs with his idea of ‘beauty as redeemer of the world’. His turbulent life-style, with excess and squandering, jail for sodomy and a fake wedding with a rich woman, tells the story of a man who fought for freedom with his literature, in a time of harassment and prejudice.
In Rome, he will stay in a modest guest-house in Spagna Square, ‘Cook & Son’. During his last stay, he enjoyed the beauty of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain. He visited, amongst the others, Palazzo Massimo (the latter, part of the National Roman Museum).
Places You’ll See
The tour, with private gay/gay friendly guide, starts at around 9.30 AM from ‘Piazza di Spagna’ with a coffee or tea at the Iconic ‘Tadolini-Canova Coffee Bar’ - close to poets Shelley’s and Keats’s homes - and ends at Palazzo Massimo at around 12,30 PM.
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