Author: H. V. Morton
Morton's evocative account of his days in 1950s Rome—the fabled era of La Dolce Vita—remains an indispensable guide to what makes the Eternal City eternal. In his characteristic anecdotal style, Morton leads the reader on a well-informed and delightful journey around the city, from the Fontana di Trevi and the Coliseum to the Vatican Gardens loud with exquisite birdsong. He also takes time to consider such eternal topics as the idiosyncrasies of Italian drivers as well as the ominous possibilities behind an unusual absence of pigeons in the Piazza di San Pietro.
Much as been written about Rome's endlessly colorful past and present, but This evocation of Rome and the many generations of Romans past and present is in a class by itself.
Henry Vollam Morton was born in 1892 near Manchester, England. He became an instant celebrity by scooping the world's press in the sensational discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in the early 1920s. His new-found fame led to a series of extraordinarily popular vignettes on English country life and ultimately to a career as one of the world's greatest travel writers. He died in South Africa at the age of 86.