by Philip Greenspun

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"You either feel the magic of Rome immediately or you hate it for the rest of your life" -- Anna Maria, lifelong Roman

I hope Anna Maria isn't right because I'm gradually learning to love Rome. It has taken me five visits. Anna Maria describes her hometown as "chaotic, crowded, dirty, and noisy" and it is tough to disagree.

A tour group in Rome (plus some locals), a few steps from the Fontana di Trevi

Nuns near the Roman Forums

Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), completed in 1762 designed by Nicola Salvi