Also in this Roman quarter Wolfgang Goethe “imagined and wrote immortal things”, as can be read on a commemorative plaque in Via del Corso, where the author wrote his Journey to Italy, an account of a Grand Tour he made between 1786 and 1788.
“Rome is now the capital of the world”, wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1819 who, with John William Keats, lived at the foot of the Spanish Steps. Nicolas Poussin, Franz Lizt and Carolina, wife of the Prince of Wittgenstein, as well as Madame Recamier and Richard Wagner stayed in the same area.
Many were the Russians who came to Rome and the Hotel de Russie, in Via del Babuino, is dedicated to them. Inside there is the small square Valadier, with its terraced gardens designed at the end of the 18th century by the architect Giuseppe Valadier, surrounded by palm trees, yew trees and white roses. Prince Jerome Bonaparte lived and died at the Hotel De Russie in 1891.