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  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Connoisseur; Joseph; 1st edition edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0000CN5ZE
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 18.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By abi21gail on 16 April 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Glad to find this wonderful old favourite again--and in splendid condition at an excellent price! It's beautifully written and illustrated, and tells so very much so insightfully. If you visit Rome, you'll feel like an expert from reading this--AND you can still try out several of the different aqueducts's waters, including on the Capitoline behind the museum with a great view. Fab book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
great if you love Rome 6 Aug 2006
By D. Gaa - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a many time visitor to Rome I came across a copy of this book in Amazon and bought it only because of the title. (I paid only $4.95 for my copy on Amazon). In short, the book is a history of the aqueducts and fountains of Rome. Has many color photos and prints and tells the history of most all the major fountains. It is not really a book you would sit down and read cover to cover but one that you would used as a reference book. But I still read it like a noval beause I love Rome.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful example of travel writing from the 1960's 16 Oct 2007
By P - Published on
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Just received my FOUNTAINS OF ROME book by H.V. Morton, from Larry a used book seller in AZ. IT' A GREAT BOOK in GREAT CONDITION.

As with the other H.V. Morton I purchased, A TRAVELLER IN ROME, FOUNTAINS is an outstandingly informative and beautifully written guide to Rome's fountains and the importance of water in Roman culture. In addition to the writing, which is descriptive, and useful, the color photographs and the older drawings are a wonder. To see a drawing of Fontana Di Trevi as it was before the present buildings "enclosed the area" was very impressive.

H.V. Morton's narrative allows the reader to see the sights of Rome in their minds' eye, without all the "details" that are added to todays travel guides. His writings take the reader on a journey through the streets and back alley's of Rome that allow the imagination of the reader to ebb and flow between wonder and surprize. Mr. Morton does not find is necessary to identify every public convenience in the city of Rome or list acceptable eating establishments at the end of each chapter. Bravo.

Mr. Morton presents his subjects as a friendly professor might when guiding a class of Sophmores around an art gallery for the first time. He gently points out the nuance of each aspect of a particular church or fountain and then weaves the story of that site back around to the actual description and history.

The sites in both of the Morton books I have read are not just sites to be check off a list after viewing, but sites that are to be savored, over and over again, from different vantage points and from different stages in a person's life.

I enjoy H.V. Morton's books quite a lot and look forward to reading more of them. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Technological reading 30 Nov 2011
By John the Reader - Published on
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This book was re-tagged after reading to add Technology, and what impressive technology the Roman Empire created for water supply and drainage, still, as Morton details in the book, essentially unchanged and in daily use. The civil projects and gifts of the early Caesars and Popes to the city of Rome; the aqueducts piping, distribution centers and settling tanks are nearly all still in use. The actual organizational structure of the `Water Board' of Rome differs so little from the original that the job title of Morton's guide was the same, as were his usual duties!

Of the actual fountains, the author's descriptions and histories are wonderfully enhanced by full-color plates and many photographs. There are several maps showing the water and fountains system of Rome and this is a book that perhaps would be best appreciated if the reader was actually visiting the city and could visit the fountains and follow Morton's routes.
Morton's Books are the Best! 7 Mar 2014
By ROSEFAN - Published on
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Outstanding book. I have collected books from H. B. Morton for over thirty years. I was delighted to find Traveler in Rome is on Kindle as we are going to Rome in May and he has the most thorough collection of charming historical vignettes about Roman people and places for past centuries. I read it on my Kindle and my husband wanted his own, so I ordered the paperback for him!I

I also ordered The Fountains of Rome through a third party dealer as it is out of print...another fabulous book by Morton, detailing the famous fountains of ome and their individual histories. Now that we know the backgrounds of these fountains, we plan to visit each of them when we are there.
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