My transformation

I was there, on that wall, for too many centuries…just observing the passing of time, the passage of history, watching others live out their lives.

I believed myself to be rather wonderful – visitors’ would stare at me in ecstasy! Then one day, a little brat made his way over, looked up at me and…ran off terrorised! Was it my hat that scared him – it was so fashionable at the time – or was it my nose?

Enough, I said to myself, times really have changed! And anyway, this silence really is boring, all this dust – I’m a woman, and the women of the third millennium are on the move.

So here I am, ready to welcome you, pamper you and – why ever not? – offer you a nice little cup of coffee!

Serafina Albertini, Princess of Cimitile