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I segreti di Roma. Storie, luoghi e personaggi di una Capitale

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  303 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
I segreti di Roma racchiude un'insospettabile antologia di storie, una galleria di personaggi e di vicende in uno snodarsi ininterrotto di ricordi: dal mito di Romolo e Remo alle origini della città alla gloria intrisa di sangue del Rinascimento; dalla spregiudicatezza di Cesare alla tenebrosa genialità di Caravaggio; dal fascino di Lucrezia Borgia alla procace sensualità ...more
Hardcover, I miti, 440 pages
Published 2006 by Mondadori (first published September 2005)
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Procyon Lotor
Jan 27, 2014 Procyon Lotor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 09-storia
Tutti e quattro i libri (su Roma, Londra, Parigi e NewYork) sono collezione di aneddoti legati in maggiore o minor misura ai luoghi. La variet� degli aneddoti rende estremamente probabile che alcuni non siano una novit� ma anche parimenti difficile che li conosciate tutti. Lo stile da uomo di mondo di Augias si conf� particolarmente a libri come questi; passeggiate lente dove il vecchio zio ci narra fatti e fatterelli del posto. Si sente che pur avendo limitato a quattro le citt� (per motivi ana ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
The book is a kaleidoscope of vignettes from the history of the eternal city. It like a whirlwind tour covers a large variety of sights but only lingers shortly on each point of interest. The book is a little scattered and could use a unifying idea or strand to tie all of it together. But is nice in pieces just wish it held together better. But there is too much to Rome's nearly 3000-year history for a whirlwind tour of a single book.
Natali
Apr 19, 2009 Natali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the type of history book that can only be written by a native of the city that it is about. It is a book about Rome, written with soul and introspection. The tone reminded me of Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk.

The history of Rome could never fit into one book so Augias chooses the stories that he deems befitting of the city's personality. He starts with the Romulus and Remus fable and goes all the way through the World War II Nazi occupation. Along the way he discusses Caesar, Nero, Michelangel
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Stephen
Nov 08, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Thw author inscribed a copy to me c/o my daughter, who worked for the publisher. Ahime, I've not been to Rome since then and thus could not put into action all the good ideas in this book to enhance one's visit. If you are planning a few days there you really should use this book to review 2000 years of history on the very spots.
Virginy
Cet ouvrage vous propose de découvrir Rome autrement qu’avec un guide touristique. Ici, Corrado Augias commence chaque chapitre avec un monument et un personnage, et nous narre les éléments historiques qui y sont le plus souvent associés. Une Rome plus intime en quelque sorte.

Ainsi, du Forum à Cinecittà, en passant par la porte San Sebastiano et l’église San Pietro in Montorio, découvrez des anecdotes concernant la période fasciste, les conflits entre familles puissantes pour accéder au trône de
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Garnette
Jun 20, 2016 Garnette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book, primarily because it exactly suited my needs at the time. It's neither a travelogue nor a tour guide. Rather, it's like sitting down with a Roman friend over coffee or an Aperitivo, listening to him tell interesting anecdotes about his city. The stories highlight various bits of history and later, as I walked through Rome, I could recognize remnants of that history. He doesn't follow chronological order, but of course visitors don't experience the city that way either; ...more
Justin
Sep 15, 2008 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Justin by: mother-in-law
Shelves: dont-have
Splendid book. Augius is an expert on almost every subject that interests me. I've been telling myself I should find out more about Rome for five years, but not really knowing where to start. "I segreti di Roma" makes a great introduction. Mostly annectodtal information but with enough background to provide a framework for future reading. Any visit to Rome cannot but benefit from this book. It provides a complete itenerary to Caravaggio's churches, Michelangelo's Moses in S. Pietro in Vincoli, t ...more
Cristina
Mi è piaciuto meno di quello su Londra, probabilmente perchè mentre dei fatti narrati in questo qualcosa sapevo, là era tutta una scoperta.
E' scritto come sempre molto bene (anche se qualche volta ho dovuto tirare fuori il vocabolario) ma ho trovato gli argomenti un poco discontinui, così alcuni capitoli sono - per me - interessantissimi, altri li ho letti con un poco di noia tipo quello sul delitto di via Puccini, più adatto a titillare interessi bassi che turistici, imho, anche se pure il turi
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Filip
Sep 04, 2011 Filip rated it really liked it
The stories in this book span the entire history of Rome: from Antiquity, early Popes, Renaissance to the late 20th century. Augias is a masterful storyteller, who doesn't shy back from instilling moral judgement between the lines. He writes elegant prose, without fear of using more literary or specialised vocabulary from architecture, religion or art.
I found that the more recent chapters resonated most. Maybe that's because these overlap with Augias' own lifetime and are therefore described mor
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Lilias
Jan 11, 2009 Lilias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a bunch of ppl
Recommended to Lilias by: my father
I read the majority of this book while I was sick in bed one weekend. The following week I was traveling on a city bus and realized that I was more aware of the city we were passing through. It was as though it held more relevance to me since I had read from this book. This alone would have made the book worth reading. Ancient history and 20th century history rest by one another on the streets of Rome, and Augias incorporates events from both and the centuries in between. Rome provides Augias wi ...more
Naima
Sep 22, 2012 Naima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mi aspettavo un qualcosa di simile ad una 'guida turistica' ai segreti di Roma. Come �� nello stile dell'autore, si tratta invece di illustrare, con il filtro dei propri ricordi e di eventi storici meno noti, dei siti della citt�� eterna che restano quasi sempre in disparte e nascosti agli occhi dei pi��. Credo che sia un'ottima lettura per noi romani, che spesso ci aggiriamo per la citt�� senza lo sguardo curioso del turista, che invece non dovremmo perdere mai... e Roma non ci deluder��. 4 ste ...more
Chiara
Jan 27, 2014 Chiara rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Stile asciutto e netto, grande proprietà di linguaggio, un taglio giornalistico e non retorico, queste cronache romane sono state incredibilmente interessanti.
Augias sceglie un approccio non cronologico, parte dai luoghi per narrare gli avvenimenti più importanti che vi hanno preso luogo (passando da Romolo a Cesare, da Michelangelo ai Borgia, da Mussolini a Fellini), dipingendo un ritratto di Roma multicolore e variegato, rivelando man mano gli innumerevoli strati che compongono la storia di q
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Diana
Devo dire che la prima volta che l'ho letto non mi ha entusiasmato, ma ancora non abitavo a Roma.
Ora invece, che conosco i luoghi, che ho avuto modo di visitare le vie e i posti di cui parla Augias, beh, è tutta un'altra cosa.
E così mi sono ritrovata ad appassionarmi agli eventi, a condividerne le curiosità e le particolarità.
Bellissimo, interessante e ben scritto. Ottimo modo per vedere Roma da punti di vista diversi dai soliti!!
Penny Cipolone
Mar 20, 2016 Penny Cipolone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a totally enjoyable book; and the better one knows Rome, the more one will enjoy it. The author picks certain buildings or areas in the eternal city and then elaborates on them with stories that span centuries. I am ready to go back and look for all these places on my own. Chapters can be read sequentially or not. Each one presents a different gem.
Pat
Dec 10, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Augias è strepitoso. Roma raccontata con grande maestria, come sempre lui sa fare. Roma e i suoi lati sconosciuti o meno noti. Un libro da leggere solo se avete tempo, perché sarà molto irritante e faticoso doverlo posare prima che sia finito. Avvisati
Colin
Mar 23, 2008 Colin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scholarly-works
I borrowed this one from Borders, and I may yet buy it at some point. An interesting, anecdotal history of Rome, well-told (even in translation) but somewhat randomly organized. I wouldn't want to use it for a class, but I might take it with me when I go back to Rome someday . . .
Laurel Kane
Fun reading in preparation for our trip in March!
Maz
Nov 17, 2013 Maz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scoprire Roma raccontando gli episodi legati ai luoghi e viceversa partire da una storia, un aneddoto o un episodio per scoprire un luogo.
Bill Gordon
Apr 25, 2015 Bill Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent overview of the Eternal City. Perfect background reading for my upcoming trip to Rome.
Linda
Aug 13, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book on stories about the History of Rome. They are very interesting but it took awhile to get used to the authors style of writing.
Guy Cranswick
Augias is prolific and this is good but his biography of Modigliani is better. Not sure about this translation as read in Italian.
Susy Emiliani
Jan 18, 2016 Susy Emiliani rated it it was amazing
Libro molto interessante che spazia dalla storia all'arte. Mi ha dato spunti su nuovi luoghi da visitare.
Iniville
May 19, 2010 Iniville rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
A cross between a travelogue, a history and a memoir.
William Bailey
Aug 22, 2011 William Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the very best kind of travel writing, in my opinion. Augias uses narrative vignettes to uncover some of the richness of Rome's past.
Daniele Caldarelli
Pensavo fosse più coinvolgente e scorrevole
Roma secondo Augias e la sua vita....
Mah!
Giusto se siete appassionati di letture dello stesso tipo.
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Corrado Augias is an Italian journalist, writer and TV host. He was also a member of the European Parliament in 1994–1999 for the Democratic Party of the Left.
Augias issued a series of crime novels set in the early 20th century and others. His other works include several essays about peculiar features of the world's most important cities: I segreti di Rome, Paris, New York and London. In 2006, in
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