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I subscribe to many sites, mostly Italian language ones on Italy, Rome, archeology and history, hotels, restaurants and sights. Not to mention weekly information on art exhibits and cultural events. So I am on top of it as they say, if I wanted to fly to Italy tomorrow morning I would know what to do and where to go, no mysteries for me.

I found on FB a site owned by this Italian fellow who appears to live in Rome. He posted 2 films I find interesting for the fact that it shows the City in 1955 some 60 years ago and 10 years after the end of the Second World War. Italy was ruined by the war and poverty in 1955 was common everywhere. Italy was a new Republic, the Monarchy had been abolished by referendum in 1946, the King exiled. Mussolini was dead and gone but not forgotten.

As I look at the films what strikes me is how little car traffic there is in the streets, that is very significant compared to today. The other point is how the city has not changed in 60 years, nothing ever seems to change in Rome, except for maybe repainting or repairing a building or a change in business activities. Per example one of the short films shows typical businesses in a specific old neighbourhood, mostly cottage industry owned by families. Today these places are now coffee shops, restaurants or antique dealers. Otherwise it is all the same, maybe this is why I like Rome so much, it stays the same and does not give in to what is fashionable one moment and gone the next. There is also a certain elegance to these old buildings. If you google map the name of the streets you will see what they look like today and notice what I am speaking of.

One film shows the Chiostro del Bramante which today is a very nice museum with a good restaurant. You also have street scenes and entrances of old Palaces many converted into apartments but the entrance keep their antique columns and other artefacts which has a nice touch to the building. There is one scene where you see Piazza del Orologio (Clock tower square) we almost ended up taking an apartment in that area with a view of that clock which chimes the hours loudly.

See Via dei Coronari or Via del Banco di Santo Spirito both near the Tiber River in Rome.

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Part two

Shows more of the neighbourhood, including a Countess in her studio painting with the  dome of Saint-Peter in the background, for inspiration perhaps. Views are everything in Rome and lots of nice panoramic views can be had as if the city was designed that way.

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