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Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Apartment: Casa Guidi
Ultra-romantic poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (famous for "How do I love thee, let me count the ways") and her husband Robert spent happy years in this Oltrarno apartment, that is now open to visitors. Thanks to a painting done when they lived here in the mid-19th century, the drawing room is practically the same as when the couple used it as a salon to entertain such visitors as the Hawthornes and Harriet Beecher Stowe. I was struck by Elizabeth's dainty writing table, set smack in the middle of the room, where she penned poems that have inspired readers worldwide. ALSO, attached rooms that aren't being used as the museum, have been turned into a vacation apartment through the Landmark Trust, so you can check in and sleep where the Brownings slept. Museum is open Mon,Wed,Fri, 3-6, 1 April-30 November
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