Europe: Ironical Anniversary

It was the most elegant birthday party Rome had seen in years. There were black Lancias and motorcycle escorts for the guests. They were attended by pages in medieval red and gold coats and silver-buckled shoes, and listened to festive speeches amid the baroque frescoes in the Palazzo dei Conservatori. They dined in the Palazzo del Quirinale, the former home of Italy's kings, and sipped champagne until late into the night with some of Rome's most beautiful women, including Gina Lollobrigida. The only trouble was that the men who should have been...

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