The first Grand Tourist, German author Goethe (1749– 1832) rented rooms on the Corso, now a museum, between 1786 and 1788 (see SS Ambrogio e Carlo al Corso). His book Italian Journey laid the blueprint for later tourists who came to Italy to learn from its history and to complete their education.
The English Romantic poet (1795–1821) came to Rome in 1820 for the antiquities and Italian lifestyle – and to bolster his ailing health, which nevertheless failed. Keats died at age 25 of tuberculosis in an apartment by the Spanish Steps (see Keats-Shelley Memorial).
The New York author ...