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H.V. Morton's evocative account of his days in Fifties Rome—the fabled period of l. a. Dolce Vita—remains an necessary advisor to what makes the everlasting urban everlasting. In his attribute anecdotal sort, 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 subject matters because the idiosyncrasies of Italian drivers in addition to the ominous percentages at the back of an strange absence of pigeons within the Piazza di San Pietro. As commented lately: "H.V. Morton.. . .wrote of Rome with type, involvement, and fervour. His publication In seek of Rome may be the definitive consultant ebook at the everlasting City."

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This was probably an old and savage fertility rite to help on the harvest. 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.

One morning I walked to the top of the Spanish Steps and stood looking out towards the Tiber and St Peter’s. This was the famous view of Rome I had hoped to see from my balcony. When Goethe was here in 1787, the Spanish Steps had been in existence for about sixty years, but the obelisk at die top had not yet been erected, and the ground was being prepared for the foundations. The excavators discovered that the earth was choked with the ruins of the Gardens of Lucullus, which in Roman times stretched back over the Pincian Hill.

6 In the side streets at the lower end of the Via del Tritone, you hear a steady sound of falling water. It is an arresting sound in a city, for it is not the polite whisper of a fountain, but the untamed roar of glen or mountain water. It is almost as though the Pass of Killiecrankie were visiting Rome. If you follow this sound through the narrow streets, it will lead you to the most spectacular fountain in Rome, and now its most popular sight, the Fontana di Trevi. I remember years ago how quiet and deserted the Trevi used to be at night; how, if you took a carrozzella there, as I often did, you would discover it roaring away alone in the lamplight or the moonlight.

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