By H.v. Morton, Visit Amazon's H. V. Morton Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, H. V. Morton,

ISBN-10: 0786730706

ISBN-13: 9780786730704

H.V. Morton's evocative account of his days in Fifties Rome—the fabled period of los angeles Dolce Vita—remains an necessary consultant to what makes the everlasting urban everlasting. In his attribute anecdotal kind, Morton leads the reader on a well-informed and pleasant trip round the urban, from the Fontana di Trevi and the Colosseum to the Vatican Gardens loud with beautiful birdsong. He additionally takes time to contemplate such everlasting subject matters because the idiosyncrasies of Italian drivers in addition to the ominous chances in the back of an strange absence of pigeons within the Piazza di San Pietro. As TourismWorld.com commented lately: "H.V. Morton.. . .wrote of Rome with sort, involvement, and fervour. His e-book In seek of Rome might be the definitive advisor publication at the everlasting City."

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I could hear the fountains in the piazza. I could see one arm of the colonnade, crowned with its saints, and beyond, the Vatican. A projecting building concealed St Peter’s itself, and I recalled that there used to be a delightful café on the opposite side of the road, on the very rim of the piazza, from which one could see the whole of St Peter’s and could even read the inscription on the facade which says, in huge Roman letters, that it was completed during the pontificate of Paul V. That was in 1614.

No ancient Romans dwelt, however, in what is now the most crowded part of the city. For one thing, it was outside the walls until the time of Aurelian, and it was low-lying and was constantly flooded in the spring: but it was a great place for horse races, chariot races, and theatres. Julius Caesar was murdered there, in the portico of Pompey’s Theatre, and not far away Domitian built an amphitheatre whose oblong shape is preserved in the Piazza Navona. Here, or perhaps on one of the other racecourses, a strange and horrible chariot race took place every October.

This piazza, incidentally, has been renamed the Piazza della Repubblica, but the old name persists. Or I would say, ‘Find your way from the Mausoleum of Augustus to the Pantheon, then to the Piazza Navona and the Tiber, and cross the Ponte S. ’ As I progressed, I was able to tell myself the names of the fountains and palaces I would encounter; and so, gradually, the map of Rome took shape in my head, and I realized that a city which had seemed so large at first was, in reality, so small that I could walk across it from the Pincian Gate to the Gate of St Paul in less than an hour.

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