GHOSTS OF THE VILLA BORGHESE by Frank Scozzari
They stood on the Pincio Terrace, that place above the Piazza del Popolo with the commanding view of Rome. Beneath them, a thousand red-tiled rooftops stretched out across the ancient city, from the distant columns of the Coliseum to the glistening dome of St. Peters’ Basilica. To the west was the long, winding curve of the Tiber River where it came around past the Castel Sant’Angelo.
“It’s like we’re back on the Terrace of Infinity,” the young woman said.
“Yeah, but that was a little higher,” Garrett replied.
“Do you think Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck stood here?” she asked.
“And Sophia Loren.”
“And Marcello Mastroianni and Roberto Rossellini?”
“Such a romantic place!”
A warm breeze swept up from the city below and blew against their faces. In the distance they could see tiny black dots walking across plazas and sunlight flashing off the windshields of moving vehicles.
DetailsABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Frank Scozzari's fiction has previously appeared in various literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Tampa Review, Pacific Review, The Nassau Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Ellipsis Magazine, Minetta Review, Eleven Eleven, South Dakota Review, Roanoke Review, Reed Magazine, Hawai'i Pacific Review, and The MacGuffin. Writing awards include Winner of the National Writer’s Association Short Story Contest and three Pushcart Prize nominations.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
GABHOR UTOMO was born in Indonesia. Since graduating from the Academy of Art College in 2003, he's worked as a freelance illustrator and has illustrated numerous books including several of the popular Choose Your Own Adventure books. His painting of Senator Milton Marks is on permanent display at the California State Building in downtown San Francisco. He lives with his wife, Dina, and his twin girls in Portland.