In this picture you are facing South East from the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, the Colosseum appears beside buildings of modern Rome, and gives a clue as to the fascinating conundrum which is the essence of this captivating and beautiful city.
She is called the 'Eternal City', and with good reason. Lively piazzas with designer label shops are surrounded by cobbled streets with myriad little outlets selling all kinds of curious things; and mercifully there are no giant, soulless supermarkets. People rush about their daily, frantic lives as they do in any great city, and the drivers and moped riders are, well... interesting!
At the Trevi Fountain there is a wonderful feeling of young love, while at the Spanish Steps, horse-drawn carriages stand in the square where Roman life converges; and all this happens in the same frame as the ancient history of a mighty empire, and the foundations of Christianity some two thousand years ago. Yet that story and its people today are all linked, almost as if the ghosts of her past walk among Rome's citizens today, creating something which for this English visitor, feels truly eternal...
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