A taxi ride

Another ride, another race. Two passengers get on as soon as the others have just left. The square called “Piazza dei Cinquecento” is a jewel located just in front of Rome’s Termini station, which has a constant flow of people who arrive, leave, hurry, and wait. After that, I grab a cappuccino at “Café Trombetta” and one cannolo from the nearby Sicilian bar before getting back into my taxi to start queuing at the taxi rank, waiting for any parliamentarians who might be in a rush, any German tourists who booked a stay in the Trastevere area not knowing how to get there with their suitcases, and for parents who came to visit their child, who is studying away from home, stating: “This time I will take the taxi!”. It is true, I am so lucky to be able to do this, it is something I cannot do without. I ride in the fast tracks through the most beautiful city in the world. However, the politician who is in a hurry to get to the Senate – which is located next to Piazza Navona (Navona’s Square) – does not notice that I have changed way to admire the columns lit up by the first lights of dawn in Piazza Argentina (Argentina’s Square). More, he does not even realize that we took the most beautiful roundabout of Rome, located in Piazza della Repubblica, if he had just leant over a little, he would have noticed a statue of the “Altare della Patria” which seems to dominate the sky at the end of the street “Via Nazionale”. We usually take the taxi for pleasure, but without really taking pleasure in the ride. At that very moment, I have realized how lucky I am to be able to enjoy the beauty that surrounds me. I will never understand why the human being has been given the gift of being so smart, of being able to invent new theories of physics, of reaching the moon, of dreaming and analyzing reality through novels, of touching the sky with philosophy and of diving into the earth through geology. Despite all this, Man is not able to enjoy the sun which warms us up while walking in the Monti district or to enjoy a sudden shower which forces us to take refuge among the Saint Peter’s columns, one of the few arcades of this city. Man has discovered incredible things and yet, he cannot enjoy the view from the window of a taxi which takes him for a long ride along the Tiber, next to the Coliseum and then arrives to Circus Maximus and the Tiber Island to finally admire the Synagogue of the Jewish ghetto. Its dome moves me as much as the “cupolone” I see every time I go to Castel Sant’Angelo. Still, they do not care. Take me here, take me there. They are just places for them, but how can I explain to them that San Lorenzo district has been a scene of war, art, and bombing? How can I explain to them that if they had walked along the Street “Via Vittorio Veneto” a few years ago, they would have met Fellini in front of the Excelsior? And more, if they continue walking along “Via dei Divi”, they will arrive at Villa Borghese where Pasolini’s characters were looking for nocturnal experiences. As far as I am concerned, I always drive next to it and I am still moved to see the Imperial Forums at sunset, the Trilussa Square full of children, the colors of the Garbatella district and the Janiculum at night, when I accompany couples who affectionately smoother each other with kisses near Garibaldi’s brave gaze. Here they are, two tourists who look askance at you, because you have not immediately put their suitcases as they would have liked or because you have not an advanced level of English. They also look down on you because you are only their coachman, therefore you must be polite, humble, and kind. However, you do not know how much I would like to talk about this city and how much I would like to tell everyone to avoid using too much the social networks which only show us what the others are eating and what they have bought. I would like to say: you are a couple and you are in the most beautiful city in the world, so raise your eyes and fall madly in love. I would like to suggest him where to take her for dinner, all the places where he can take her for a walk, and I would also like to tell them in which little alleys they can find a church with a Caravaggio painting. For example, enter the church in Piazza Sant’Agostino (Sant’Agostino’s Square). But what is it for? As I walk next to the Theatre of Marcellus, I tell myself that beauty is only for those who can see it, true love only for those who can truly love, and Rome only for those who have the courage to dream.

Published by Grandi Storielle

Siamo sei ragazze, Carola, Celia, Hannah, Livia, Morena e Sara che si sono conosciute in Erasmus a Chambéry e hanno ora deciso di mettere a disposizione la loro piccola ma grande arte per tutti.

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