''I could find myself in Rome only. For the first time, I felt in harmony with myself, I felt happy, reasonable ... '', said the famous author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who spent part of his life in Rome. His former home can be visited at 18 Via del Corso, and here is where we start our interesting literary tour among various places in Rome which, for one reason or another, at some point were relevant in the lives of famous writers. Like Luigi Pirandello’s studio apartment, located at 13 Via Bosio, which was the last home of the Sicilian writer, who lived there from 1933 to 1936, when he died. From here, continuing the path towards the Spanish Steps we find, just aside the staircase, the house of Giorgio and Isa De Chirico, where the master lived from 1947 to the year of his death in 1978. And we don’t even need to leave Piazza di Spagna to move to the next stop of our tour, which is the Keats-Shelley House, where Keats lived and died between 1820 and 1821, located in front of the Barcaccia, the famous fountain by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. At number 1 Lungotevere della Vittoria, stands instead the famous home-museum that is the Alberto Moravia Museum, which still treasures traces of Moravia’s everyday life and travels. We then leave the city centre and move to the outskirts to follow the interesting life of Pasolini, starting from the suburbs of Pietralata - a narrow road that twists and turns between Nomentana and Tiburtina streets - where the writer set his famous novel from 1959, A Violent Life. Also important to Pasolini, the Bar Necci, located at number 68 Via Bartolomeo Fanfulla. The bar is situated in the heart of Pigneto, once a proletarian district, and today the center of the Roman nightlife. Pasolini loved to spend long afternoons among Necci’s tables, and it is also among those very tables that the roles for Accattone were casted. The journey along the path of Pasolini’s fascinating life continues towards the Caffarella park up to Testaccio and Monte Coccio, and then from Ostiense to the literary park named after him in Ostia, where he was found murdered the night between November 1st and 2nd 1975. If you too want to experience the thrill of being a writer who spends his time between books, tea and thoughts, we recommend the Literary Café in the Via Ostiense 95, where you can spend your time engrossed in a good book, or if you want you can also visit the Antico Caffè Greco in Via dei Condotti, which has been a gathering point for poets, writers and artists up until the mid-twentieth century.
Author: Luisanna Vespa