Saturday, April 25, 2009

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

BBC News: "As correspondent David Willey leaves his apartment in the 1,000-roomed palazzo in the centre of Rome where he has lived and worked for the past two decades, he reflects on the microcosm of daily life in one of the few remaining privately-owned homes of the former Roman and papal nobility."

David Willey writes that he is moving out of his apartment in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj for a place in the country.

The Penn State summer in Rome program of our Department of Communication Arts & Sciences is headquartered in another set of rooms in the palazzo, home of the family of Pope Innocent X. Willey's story of Rome is an old one -- the gradual degradation of the center of the city as tourism, development, congestion, graffiti, and pollution ruin the city of the past.

Thanks to Mark Hlavacik for sending me the link.

David Willey, "From Palazzo to Pastures New," BBC News, 25 April 2009.

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