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The Italians
“No one would choose to start a book at Porta Pia,” John Hooper’s new book begins. And of course, that is exactly where his cultural portrait, The Italians, places the reader, in what Hooper calls “one of the least attractive corners of central Rome,” where Michelangelo’s gate stands among a barrage of architectural styles, each evocative of a different era. The confused aesthetic of the area surrounding Porta Pia might not be the most picturesque landscape Italy has to offer the traveler, but Hooper manages to find something essential in the mix of modern and ancient buildings.