Well, you ask me why an American writer would want to live in Rome. First of all, because I like the Romans. They don't give a damn whether you're dead or alive. They're neutral, like the cats! Rome is the city of illusions. Not by chance, you have here the government, the church, the cinema. They each produce illusions, like you do and like I do. We're getting closer and closer to the end of the world because of too many people, too many cars, poisons. And what better city than Rome, which has been reborn so often? What place could be more peaceful to wait for the end from pollution and overpopulation? It's the ideal city for waiting to see if it really will come to an end or not.
~ Gore Vidal