What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else? I believe it is a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago.
For us to go to Italy and to penetrate into Italy is like a most fascinating act of self-discovery, back, back down the old ways of time. Strange and wonderful chords awake in us, and vibrate again after many hundreds of years of complete forgetfulness.
D. H. Lawrence
Methinks I will not die quite happy without having seen something of that Rome of which I have read so much.
Sir Walter Scott
It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.