Archive for November 22nd, 2011

A Roman Secret

November 22, 2011 in Favourite Places | Comments (0)

 

 

The Locarno

 

 

is a small hotel on the Via della Penna,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

just around the corner from the Piazza del Popolo, right in the centre of Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has a modest entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and ancient birdcage lifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art Deco details are a little faded

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

as is the cozy old salon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the Locarno has long been the favoured haunt of writers, film-makers and artists. Moravia frequented it as did Pasolini. The writer Alain Elkann

 

 

has even written a book about the hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

Flipping through a few pages of the guest book I saw,  in quick succession, the names of the physicist Carlo Rubbia (Nobel, 1984), the directors Abel Ferrara and Wes Anderson; actors Colin Firth, John Turturro and Adrian Brody; and winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, Shireen Ebadi.

The Locarno is one of the nicest hotels I’ve ever been in: unpretentious, friendly and very lively in the evenings.

 



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