In "Rome is Love Spelled Backward," an almost insurmountable mountain of enthralling history is condensed, controlled and lovingly compiled into a volume that is not only very readable, but maintains the excitement and vitality of the most awesome city in the world.
Clearly, the author knows and loves the Eternal City. Not until I read Testa's "Rome is Love Spelled Backward" and "A Traveler in Rome" by H. V. Morton did I come to understand and agree with the quote, "The ancient ruins are all around you. ... This is the center, and all the rest of the world is the periphery." Judith Anne Testa's book is the only book I carry with me while wandering around Rome, year after year. A pre-Roman holiday must-read!
-- James Quist