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Rome, the Eternal City; it is here, perhaps more than anywhere else, that the visitor is conscious of the echoes of antiquity. Artists, writers, historians, poets—all have included Rome in their travels; and their reactions—whether amazement, adulation, or surprise—have added to the city's allure. James, Isben, Dickens, Goethe, Woolf, and Wilde are among those who have written with passion about Rome, and through them we rediscover a city of grandeur and intimacy, as vibrant and sensual as ever.
Arranged as a series of walks through the city, this book is both an illuminating guide for the visitor to Rome and a delight to read at home for those who love the city and want to enrich their knowledge of it.
Arranged as a series of walks through the city, this book is both an illuminating guide for the visitor to Rome and a delight to read at home for those who love the city and want to enrich their knowledge of it. Includes 10 walking tours & illustrations.
Posted June 11, 2002
Varriano has collected some wonderful and imaginative quotes about famous places in the Eternal City. We took the book and read it aloud as we stood in interminable lines for the Colosseum and Vatican Museums. We were amused, but not amazed, at how quiet the people around us became, as they listened to the tales. We also read it aloud in the Forum (some very funny portions in this part!), various piazzas, while sipping cappucini, and anticipating dinner. This is not a good 'guide' book, but offers terrific background and sense of place. We left the book with friends who live in Rome; they were thrilled!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.