1. Avatar Maria Trombin
    November 21, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

    Great article as always. Now will be late for work. But couldn’t stop reading! We recently stayed in Testaccio loved loved loved the neighbourhood. Thanks John


  2. Avatar Jonno
    November 22, 2018 @ 2:42 am

    Absolutely fascinating post. So much history and information about what appears to be a fascinating neighbourhood. What a fabulous place to live.


  3. Avatar awtytravels
    November 24, 2018 @ 12:08 am

    I honestly hate the usual “Ma Mussolini ha anche fatto del bene”. I had an uncle who, as soon as he’d heard that, swore in Piedmontese (with particular flair, always a different combination of deities and animals!) and pointed out that he lost six toes on the walk from the Don to Belarus and half of his village’s mates stayed on the road to Nikolayewka and in that battle, thanks to that Mussolini cunt. Or the fact that Milan’s been flattened. Or that our Jews went up the chimney. He might’ve done a lot, and certainly if I can travel by train to Milan from my hometown it’s thanks to him, but whatever. He got this country into WW2 and I’d argue that a lot that happened afterwards (the Anni di Piombo, NAR, BR, you name it) it’s his legacy.

    Rant aside, love Monteverde!


    • Avatar awtytravels
      November 25, 2018 @ 12:41 am

      Yes, schools teach how he was a cretin, but sometimes what gets told in the family is different…


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