On 25 April 1816 he left England for the Continent, never to return.
Byron travelled to Geneva where the Shelleys and Claire Clairmont had rented a villa. He reached Venice at the end of 1816 and remained there, with the exception of a brief interlude in Rome (at no 66 Piazza di Spagna, opposite the Keats House, where the Danish sculptor Thorwaldsen carved his bust), until June 1819, when he moved to Ravenna to be near his last great love, Teresa Guiccioli, the 19 year-old wife of the elderly Count Guiccioli. Newstead Abbey was finally sold and Byron thus freed himself of any financial worries. He became interested in the cause of the Italian patriots, Silvio Pellico and Pellegrino Rossi. He was a member of the secret revolutionary society 'SocietÓ Romantica' too. The Papal authorities banished the Counts Gambas, Teresa's father and brother, from Ravenna as they belonged to the 'SocietÓ Romantica'. Teresa left her husband for Byron in 1821 and they found refuge in Pisa where Shelley was living. Leigh Hunt, in financial difficulties, also joined them and began to edit the journal The Liberal.