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Fontana di Trevi6Barbara Athanassiadis was born and raised in Athens. She has lived in Rome for the past 20 years, feeling it is her natural environment, because of her love of Art and the Italian Renaissance. Since that time, she has covered the city in hundreds of walks in order to write her book Feeling ROME in a realistic and transcendent way.  The unseen corners she reveals behind the heavy doors of the palazzi were hundreds as well. And the stories that the city hides and she discovers through contacting not only the everyday people but also the aesthetes, as she happily speaks their language, are inexhaustible. Like, for example, what the Mortet brothers tell her, who for four generations have been reproducing Rome’s famous fountains in miniature to grace the tables of historic families when they organize their banquets.

Yes, Rome is complicated and deep because of its long history, and the Romans are never-ending, like baroque curves. But what the author wants is for the reader to discover Rome through a personal narration which focuses more on the atmosphere that the city exudes, where everything is not caught only by the eye, but by the union of the city’s past with its present.

The same happens with Tuscany, described in Ms Athanassiadis’ book A Year in Tuscany, and the final book of her Italian trilogy, Venice.

And to help her in creating this atmosphere, from which comes her inspiration, what helps her in a most definitive way is the fact that she understands what Italy really is, as she lives there…

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