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H.V. Morton's evocative account of his days in Fifties Rome—the fabled period of los angeles 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 probabilities at 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 kind, involvement, and keenness. His booklet In seek of Rome could be the definitive consultant publication at the everlasting City."

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He approached and lifted his hat. ’ Although he had answered his own question, I nodded my head. ’ he asked. Not to hurt his feelings, I said that the name did seem to ring a bell. This gratified him, and he brought from his pocket a frayed and dirty little notebook which he thumbed through and then, with an air of triumph, pointed to the signature of Major Jones. ’ he cried, ‘such a nice gentleman, sir! So simpatico. Major Jones say my trattoria the best in Rome. Sir, you like spaghetti, cannelloni, saltimbocca alia Romana?

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.

With both hands he lifts a conch shell to his lips and drinks with backward head from a stream of water that shoots into the air and falls back upon itself so precisely that his shoulders and body are always wet. 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.

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