Rome’s Via Veneto & A Tennessee Williams Story

One of our favorite Dream of Italy contributors, Susan Van Allen, recently returned from the Eternal City. While staying on Rome’s famed Via Veneto, she found inspiration from a Tennessee Williams character:

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone by Tennessee Williams brought inspiration to my recent time in the Eternal City, taking me back to its glamorous post-World War II era: Negronis at the Doney and Rosati, strolls along the Via Veneto, sublime times in the Borghese Gardens, dinner in Trastevere . In the novel, Mrs. Stone is a wealthy, middle-aged signora who lives in a luxurious villa flanking the Spanish Steps in Rome. Recently widowed, feeling lost and alone, she becomes entangled with a devastatingly handsome young Italian named Paolo. The only thing I have in common with Mrs. Stone’s story is the middle-aged signora part. My trip lacked her melodrama, but I still went after the novel’s atmosphere, which proved to be a beautiful background for fun Roman days…