There is a city on seven hills that has captured my heart, my soul, my everything. I could sit and write about her all night. I would show you her piazzas and fountains, her churches and ruins. I would tell you her story as the mother of an Empire. Or I could whisper her secrets, if you’re willing to hear.
But no. I will reveal her beauty slowly, tantalizingly. Hoping she will charm you as she has charmed me. I do not believe in reincarnation, yet from the first time that I walked on the cobbled streets of Rome I felt like I had been there before. Each time I visit I leave a little piece of me in the shadow of her ruins, by the trickling water of her thousand fountains. And Roma herself has bewitched me completely and, like an insatiable lover, keeps me going back for more.
Photographed in Rome, June 2003
Nine years … it’s been way too long …