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4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden places, secret spaces..., 11 Nov. 2011
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This review is from: Subterranean Rome: Catacombs, Baths, Temples, Streets (Art & Architecture) (Hardcover)
In my opinion, one of the most exciting aspects of a walk through the streets of central Rome (and I speak as someone who has lived here for more than a decade) is to know that, lying just a few meters under your feet, are the remains of another city, one which, for centuries, ruled much of the western world, that of ancient Rome.
This sumptuously illustrated book is an informative and very readable introduction to that city, one which is mostly hidden from view, but which embraces everything from temples to toilets.
My only real cavil is the tantalizing absence of any practical information (opening hours, exact location, etc) about the sites the author writes so well about.
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2012 10:01:55 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Mar 2013 03:39:32 GMT
To Pasquino:

I agree with you: this is, in many ways, a good book. You complain that there is no practical information about when you can visit these hidden subterranean places. There is a good reason why there is no information about this: most of these places are not open to the public. The author could visit them - and the photographer could take pictures of them - only because they must have secured a special permission from the local authorities to enter these places.

Best regards,

Torben Retboll
Bangkok
Thailand
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