“Canzoni belle e appassionate/ che Roma mia m’ha ricordate,/ cantate solo pe’ dispetto,/ ma co ‘na smania drent’ar petto;/ io nun ve canto a voce piena,/ ma tutta l’anima è serena;/ e quanno er cèlo se scolora/ de me nessuna se ‘nnamora…” :: “Tanto Pe’ Cantà” ~ Ettore Petrolini – Alberto Simeoni
“Cicero smiled at us. ‘The art of life is to deal with problems as they arise, rather than destory one’s spirit by worrying about them too far in advance. Especially tonight.” ~ Robert Harris
If you want a taste of contemporary Rome, you can’t miss the “Nuovo Mercato Esquilino (ex Piazza Vittorio)”. A galaxy of flavours in the heart of Rome’s multi-ethnic district…
Drive my dead thoughts over the universe
Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
And, by the incantation of this verse,
Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind!
Be through my lips to unawakened earth
The trumpet of a prophecy! O, wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
~Percy Bysshe Shelley