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Summary of Feeling ROME
"An intimate portrait of the Eternal City"
Visiting a city and then describing it in a guide book is very different than living it, breathing in the atmosphere, enjoying its surprises, discovering its details and recounting its hidden personality in an engaging and passionate way.
In “Feeling Rome” Barbara Athanassiadis does just that: she introduces us to Rome, the Eternal City, albeit contemplating it from a different perspective, one that is more humane but also more penetrating, revealing the secrets of the particular way of life of the Romans, masterfully balanced between their glorious past and a bright and promising present.
At the same time, she delicately touches upon the monuments, palaces, fountains, piazzas and shops of this fascinating city, breathing in the ineffable aura of the "dolce vita" of fashion and art.
The author takes readers by the hand on a revealing walk, inviting even the most fanatical admirers of this city to fall in love again, as if it was the first time! «... As I walked through the gate of the Piazza del Popolo, in front of me I saw the square, dominated by the twin churches and the high obelisk, marking the top of the three streets opening like a fan ahead, leading to as many squares with stairs in marble and baroque palaces. Two hundred years before, that same imposing gate had been crossed by Goethe, who, finding himself in the presence of such a spectacle, a prelude to the wonders of the Eternal City, opened his arms and said, "Now I begin to live!”»
"Ever the charmer when she hits the paper, Barbara Athanassiadis takes us along on a stroll through Rome, her dwelling city of adoption. As a matter of fact, this journey is bound to take us far beyond the walls of this city and on to a trip to the Holy Land, where the journey turns into a soul-searching experience, as the author endeavors to connect her establishment in Rome to her remote origins.
Thus, as light as a feather, from palazzos to verandas, and from piazzas to movies of the ‘60s, Barbara flutters along, shedding what she feels is superfluous, along the way. Sometimes entire blocks are obliterated, churches seem to vanish into thin air and even historic accuracy seems as some point, to lose importance…. An experienced traveler, fully conversant with the art of getting rid of unnecessary burdens in her own, so very special, unmistakably feminine and romantic way, something like picking up the most beautiful Mediterranean flowers, before putting them in a vase to share the composition with roses and… artichokes alike!"
Maria Ioannides, Review in Vakchikon Magazine
"In her new travel book, Barbara Athanassiadis lives, breathes, takes delight in, discovers and guides us with a personal and insightful look of Rome, the Eternal City. She deciphers the unique lifestyle of the Romans, easily juggling between their glorious past and their bright present. She takes her readers on transcendent strolls, revealing precious and little-known secrets and inspiring all, even the most unrepentant lovers of Rome, to rediscover it once more."
Theodore Gregoriadis, Review in Passport Magazine
Athanassiadis Barbara is the author of seven novels, including three travel narratives on Italy: "A Year in Tuscany" (2007), "Feeling Rome" (2009) and "My Venice" (2014), which make up a trilogy on three major Italian cities of Art. She divides her time between Athens and Rome.
Author's website: http://www.barbaraathanassiadis.it