Casa Guidi, Florence, Italy
Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How much did these two Romantic poets love each other? Let us count the ways. Robert Browning first contacted Elizabeth Barrett as a fan. He admired her poetry and wrote to tell her so. Soon they were introduced, and in 1846, Elizabeth and Robert married in secret and stole away to Florence. In a letter to her sister, Elizabeth affectionately comments on the rooms inside their love nest, Casa Giudi, "three of which are magnificent and the others excellent…to say nothing of our terraces."