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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