AS Roma – Rome’s famed red and yellow soccer team – is having a great year. A French coach (Rudy Garcia) has given the team a much-needed spurt of energy and they are currently in second place in the national championship. AS Roma’s legendary captain, Francesco Totti, is getting on in years (for a soccer player! ..he’s only 37), yet does great work both on and off the pitch. The team’s new sponsor launched a worldwide campaign to vaunt local champions that remain relevant despite encroaching retirement age… So, on the way to work one day, I was thrilled to find Totti’s picture on my office window.
I happen to work in Palazzo Lancellotti de Torres, which stands at the southern end of Piazza Navona. Built in 1542 and designed by Pirro Logorio, it has always housed the family, starting with Ludovico Torres, Archbishop of Salerno, and continuing today, with Massimo Lancellotti. My office boasts frescoes from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but unfortunately is not open to tourists. The family does run a B&B on the top floor.
To be sure, the scaffolding blocks a spectacular view. But sooner or later they will be finished cleaning Palazzo Lancellotti, and until then, Forza Roma !!