Rome Through the Mist

Walks Among the Fountains of the Eternal City

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About the Book

This book invites readers to join Joe Gartman, culture columnist for Italia! Magazine, on a journey to 80 of Rome’s celebrated fountains, to find a more intimate way of experiencing the Eternal City. On foot with book in hand, or simply in imagination, each chapter takes readers on a vivid walk, enhanced with colorful, revealing photographs of Roman life. Every fountain in Rome tells a story; every story is about Rome: her history, her legends, and her extraordinary people, from poets to popes, artists to models, architects to emperors. Every street, piazza, wall and garden that contains a fountain has a past worth knowing.
The reader is invited to follow the paths in this book, with 15 different turn-by-turn walking tours, 17 maps, and 198 photos. There are plenty of things to see along the way, especially the artistic treasures that await behind unexpected doors. In your armchair or on your feet, journey from Trevi’s torrents to the Naiad’s naughty nymphs; from the quiet basins in Piazza San Simeone to Bernini’s mighty Four Rivers in Piazza Navona; from the Dark Fountains in Villa Borghese to the charming lionesses in Piazza del Popolo; and listen to the voices of the water.

About the Author(s)

For nine years, as Italia! Magazine’s “resident historian and storyteller”, Joe Gartman has written a column called “Fast Culture” as well as many articles on travel, art, and history. His work also appears in the Italia! Guides series, German Life Magazine, and online at A librarian and teacher by profession, Patricia Gartman found a new vocation for travel photography when she began to publish photos to illustrate Joe’s magazine articles. Hundreds of her pictures have appeared in Italia! Magazine, German Life Magazine and Italia! Guides.

Bibliographic Details

Joe Gartman, photographs by Patricia Gartman
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 180 photos, 17 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8924-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4756-2
Imprint: Toplight