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A Traveller in Rome

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H.V. 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 Colosseum to the Vatican Gardens loud with exquisite birds ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 26th 2002 by Da Capo Press (first published August 1st 1957)
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Emma Lawson
Reading HV Morton is like looking into the past twice. You get his 1950s view of the world, and then you get his wonderful fascination with what was history to him. So you'll come across little mentions of society ladies from the twenties (who I've never heard of), hints on what was 'the done thing' in the fifties, insights into some of the prejudices of the time, a lot of military and WWII comparisons (an event obviously still fresh in his mind), and a sense of how much smaller the world was th ...more
Kim
I read this book while I was traveling in Italy and Greece and enjoyed it tremendously. I would also recommend it for the reader that is not traveling, but likes to read about other places. One tip if you are traveling, read it BEFORE you go on your trip to Rome.
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Julie Davis
I find that in my bones there is a certainty that a year without Dickens is like a year without sunshine. I'm not sure how H.V. Morton falls into "Dickens' Territory" unless it is the vastly woven tales of a place, but I realize that a year without H.V. Morton would be a bleak year indeed. I opened this up last night with a feeling of deep content.

This has been in my "to read" stack since I was given it and In the Steps of St. Paul last year. St. Paul won the 2013 toss but 2014 is my time to (ar
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Krisette Spangler
My dream is to return to Rome with this gem of a book and reread each chapter sitting in the place he is writing about. He really makes you feel like in you're in Rome. It was fun to get a little of the background about some of the places I saw when we were there last October. Rome is a magical city with so many layers. I hope to visit it again in the future.
Skye
Morton is an incredible writer, there's no doubt about it. Some passages are so beautifully written that you take a big breath and then reread them, because the writing is so poetic and lush. I loved learning all the layers of certain monuments and neighborhoods, especially since I stayed in Rome for two months last summer and am planning on doing the same thing this summer. I took a ton of notes and also appreciated that I learned about some places I haven't even heard of that sound pretty amaz ...more
Gary
Bill Bryson, himself an excellent travel writer, considers H. V. Morton the greatest of all. After having read several of his books, I'm a believer. He is little known here in the US, but widely read elsewhere in the world. *A Traveller in Rome* describes several months that Morton spent in Rome. He seems to always have the inside scoop on everything and gains access to people and places that most don't even know about. This book was written in 1957, and a lot has changed in 50 years, but I was ...more
Don
This is the second book by Morton I have read; the first was "In Search of London". This was enjoyable, but not as much as the first book. To my taste, he spent too much time writing about the Vatican, the Pope and the Pope's summer residence. Although he doesn't state this expressly, Morton certainly leaves the impression that he is a Catholic, and shows an enormous reverence for the Pope. (This, by the way, is the Pope whom historians later accused of having acquiesced in Hitler's exterminatio ...more
Khalekan
A wonderful companion on my recent trip to Rome.

Morton brings the city to life as he tells the stories of those who made Rome from its Etruscan beginnings through the Rome of the erepublic and the imperial age of the Caesars through the Renaissance to the uniting of Italy under Graibald and how Mussolini marched on Rome to seize power in more recent times.

And of course, the backdrop is the rise, fall and rise again of the Papacy and the Catholic Church.

Elizabeth
I can't think of a better travel writer -- his writing is so steeped in the history of Rome and a desire to share it with the reader, but it never seemed boring or overdone to me, and he balances the professorial tone with subtle humor and the ability to capture the everyday details of life in Rome. I especially liked his observations on the impact Christianity had on ancient Rome. All in all, it made me want to go back to Italy.
Anne Kristin
This book blends the sights & sounds of 1950's Rome with stories of 3rd, 5th, 8th, 11th & 18th Century Roman times, transporting the reader to other eras by visualizing the architecture, landscape, politics & simple daily events of the times. A true pleasure to read as the writer so eloquently takes us with him on his then present-day journey through this magnificent ancient city! Armchair travelers rejoice & enjoy!
Stacy
This is a terrific book and even if you have never been to Rome you would find great enjoyment in the reading. Morton is a travel writer and these are a collection from 1950's Rome. The nice thing about eternal cities is that most things stay the same and I was delighted to see the Rome I know as well. Krisette, I would highly recommend this for anyone going on a trip to Rome.
Desiree
This was the best guidebook I've ever read. It was very informative, interesting, and led me to some great places. There were parts which felt a bit name-droppy and some that were just too detailed but for the most part I'm really glad I read most of this book while I was in Rome, so I could take advantage of his observations and experience.
Jane Niehaus
loved this historic travel novel--made me appreciate Rome when I visited
Ben Hughes
the only way walk the ancient streets of Rome is with this book in tow
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An amazing portrait of Rome, with so many stories and histories.
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Henry Canova Vollam (H. V.) Morton, FRSL, was a journalist and pioneering travel writer from Lancashire, England, best known for his prolific and popular books on Britain and the Holy Land. He first achieved fame in 1923 when, while working for the Daily Express, he scooped the official Times correspondent during the coverage of the opening of the Tomb of Tutankhamon by Howard Carter in Egypt.

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