As correspondent David Willey leaves his apartment in the 1,000-roomed palazzo in the centre of Rome where he has lived and worked for the past two decades, he reflects on the microcosm of daily life in one of the few remaining privately-owned homes of the former Roman and papal nobility.
David Willey has been the BBC’s Rome correspondent since 1971
I have been privileged to spend almost a third of my life in this Roman palace.
Now the moment has come to move out of the palazzo, I am realising how attached I have grown to my princely, yet alas now sadly polluted, urban surroundings, which I have chosen to exchange for the cleaner air of the countryside. For more click the link below.