18 April, 2021

Rome Diary

Rome looks like a vast clapped-out post-party set redeemed only by the sweeping majesty of its historic ruins.

Rome Diary
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After Party

Know the feeling when you walk into a place after the party is over? The air of dissipation that hangs over it? That’s exactly how it feels when you land in Rome these days. After years of non-stop partying and high-jinks under Silvio Berlusconi’s infamous ‘bunga bunga’ regime, Rome looks like a vast clapped-out post-party set redeemed only by the sweeping majesty of its historic ruins. I had heard stories about Rome’s decline, post the European economic crash, but seeing is believing. When I last came here some ten years ago, the party was still on and Rome was on a roll. The Italian notion of la dolce vita was alive and well. That’s all gone. Today, people talk about the ‘old days’ as though referring to some imagined past.

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