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JUL-AUG 2018

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Look deeper. See beyond the handsomely attired doorman, the marble floors polished to a mirror-shine, the antique tapestries, the fine silk drapery, the monogrammed china, and the other accoutrements of a five-star hotel, to find what really makes Hotel Hassler sparkle: Roberto E. Wirth, a fifth-generation hotelier and owner/General Manager of this iconic property, which is enviably located at the terminus of Rome's iconic Spanish Steps. Wirth's quiet, welcoming, and gracious presence is palpable throughout every inch of the property, which opened in 1893 and is a member of e Leading Hotels of the World. "Rome has my heart," said Wirth, who championed having the area around the Spanish Steps designated as a pedestrian-only zone. Born deaf, Wirth has never used his disability as a crutch, rather he has exhibited extreme resilience in the face of adversity, which has enabled him to become one of Europe's top hoteliers, as well as a preeminent advocate for improving the lives of deaf and deaf-blind children throughout Italy. Reflecting the vibrancy and excitement of the parade of humanity that flocks to the famous travertine staircase day and THER E'S NO PLACE LIKE ROME Hotel Hassler is an old friend in the Eternal City Written by Bridget Williams Hotel Hassler occupies a prime piece of Roman real estate at the top of the Spanish Steps and next to the church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti. 33

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