Variety reports Spacey showed up at the statue "Boxer at Rest" at the National Roman Museum, where he recited the poem "The Boxer" by Italian poet Gabriele Tinti.
"I shook the country, made the arenas vibrate, tore my opponents to shreds. I lit up the darkness, collected insults, compelled applause," the 60-year-old Oscar winner read. "Not everyone knew how to do this. None of you. On the other hand, life is not frightening for those who have never taken a risk."
In July, prosecutors formally dropped a case against Spacey involving his alleged sexual improprieties — the first to make it to trial — but there is no indication how that triumph related to his appearance Friday.
A writer for Daily Beast who was among the 50 or so people who witnessed the recital called his attitude "unapologetic" and described the crowd as "speechless."