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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 l. a. Dolce Vita—remains an essential consultant to what makes the everlasting urban everlasting. In his attribute anecdotal type, 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 think about such everlasting issues 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 commented lately: "H.V. Morton.. . .wrote of Rome with variety, involvement, and keenness. His e-book In seek of Rome might be the definitive consultant publication at the everlasting City."

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Sometimes, if you suddenly pressed the button on the ground floor, you would capture an aged woman on the top who would be delivered below like some angry Athena, flourishing a broom instead of a spear. On one occasion I trapped a dustman and two garbage bins. For these reasons I often preferred to walk up the five flights of beautiful marble stairs. The exquisite steps of Rome are among my first memories: steps of marble and travertine, shallow Renaissance steps, so much kinder to the leg muscles than the steep steps of ancient Rome: steps curving left, right and centre from the Piazza di Spagna, as if to show you what steps can do if given a chance; noble steps up to S.

There is something ineffably touching about all such souvenirs, the love tokens of faith or piety; and I reflected that they would find their way to mantelpieces and walls all over the world to remind someone of Rome, and to prove that the owner had lived for a while in the odour of sanctity. I went to a little café at the end of the street, where I was too early: but the waiter led me to an empty table on the pavement, pulled out a chair and said that the bread would arrive in a momentino, a word as charming as the Spanish momentito.

It must indeed have been a terrible time in the life of Rome, when during the barbarian invasions the population deserted the Seven Hills where they had lived for so long, and migrated to the low-lying Field of Mars. When the barborians cut the aqueducts and the copious and splendid water supply failed, the Romans were driven by lack of water to the Tiber and to wells in the marshy plain that eventually became mediaeval Rome. I could never tire of the old streets near the Tiber, to the west of of the Corso.

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