What is your favourite poem? I have a certain attraction to Ode to a Nightingale. Inspired by the bird’s song, the poem was composed in one day. It was written in 1819 by an English Romantic poet named John Keats. In 1820, Keats moved to Rome. He lived on the second floor of a building situated south of the base of the Spanish Steps. It was in this house where he died of tuberculosis at the age of 25 in 1821.
There are always many people on the steps. Though I’m certain that not so many are aware of its relations to Keats. Most of the time the Spanish Steps is associated with the scene from the Roman Holiday film. In the film, Audrey Hepburn was approached by Gregory Peck on the steps while she was eating ice – cream.