The owner of The Dolce Vita’s hotel tells story of his deafness

by Annalisa Lista - 2015.05.25
The owner of The Dolce Vita’s hotel tells story of his deafness
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Not everyone knows that Roberto Wirth, president and managing director of Rome's famous Hassler Roma Hotel, which is a favourite among celebrities, has been deaf since birth. He has decided to speak publicly about his condition only now, in his book 'Silence was my first playmate' (Il silenzio è stato il mio primo compagno di giochi), published on his 65th birthday. “When people look at me,” he says in his autobiography, “no one imagines the difficulties I have had to overcome, because deafness has no obvious signs, it's an invisible disability.” Born into a family of Swiss origin, Roberto Wirth was always considered a 'wrong' child. But the humiliation didn't discourage him. It actually motivated him to get out of the tunnel. It drove him to work hard to get three degrees, to speak excellent Italian and English and become the first and only deaf manager of a luxury hotel.

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