New PDF release: A Traveller in Rome

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 Nineteen Fifties Rome—the fabled period of l. a. Dolce Vita—remains an integral 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 contemplate such everlasting subject matters because the idiosyncrasies of Italian drivers in addition to the ominous percentages 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 fervour. His publication In seek of Rome is likely to be the definitive advisor publication at the everlasting City."

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In the course of three hundred years his shape has become blurred and worn by water, yet still he sits there with the air of an immortal among mortals. In that early hour the sun is low, touching first the domes, towers and chimneys of Rome, then flooding downward over the walls until one half of the street is gold and the other in shadow. The old palaces are half in shade, half in sunlight, and the long shadows cast by their prison-like window grilles shorten and contract as the sun gets up. At this time in the morning I had some idea of what Rome must have looked like to the travellers of a hundred years ago, before it became the capital of Italy, and before the narrow streets of Renaissance Rome were choked with traffic and ruined by noise.

The feelings of many centuries of Romeward bound travellers were expressed in a sentence by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, when she wrote from Turin in 1720. ’ Even in her day, when the Grand Tour was beautifully organized, the passage of the Alps was full of danger or at least of apprehension. It was usual for the coaches to be unbolted and sent over on the backs of mules, while the travellers, wrapped in bearskins and wearing beaver caps and mittens, sat in armchairs slung between two poles and were carried over the pass by nimble mountaineers.

The water that pours from the Trevi is the famous Aqua Virgo, which Romans say is the best and the sweetest of the waters. d. 537, and it was not fully restored until the fifteenth century. The Aqua Virgo enters Rome by way of the Pincian Gardens, and, after feeding La Barcaccia, at the foot of the Spanish Steps, supplies about fifteen large and forty smaller fountains, of which the Trevi is the most important. The first Trevi fountain was a plain and modest affair, and was round the corner in the Via dei Crociferi; but during the century and a half in which it served the district, Rome was becoming grander and more splendid, and Urban VIII, the Barberini Pope whose bees buzz all over Rome, decided to bring the Trevi up to date.

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