Sometimes, as you know, things in Rome demand to be photographed because however small and insignificant they may seem, they reveal almost everything you need to know about the city – and its inhabitants, of course. Once such example we happened upon a few weeks ago.
Picture it. You’re in the historic centre. You’re heading to The Ghetto because about two minutes have passed since you last visited it and those two minutes feel like two millennia. Wending your way through the old, if not to say ancient, streets, you come across this.
No, don’t adjust your eyes. For, yes, it’s true: a clothes horse – or standino as they’re known here – fixed to the outside of one of the windows of a first floor flat. A perfect blend of the old and the new, some might say. In the historic centre. Of the most beautiful city in the world.
You send the image above to two Italians.
The Roman replies with ‘😂😂😂’
The other, a native of Milan, but a resident of Roma, responds and poses one of The Great Questions: ‘Help! But is it a piece of contemporary art?’
You yourself then stand in the historic centre emojiing thus: 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Anyway, not far from La Scena del Standino, indeed almost directly under it, is this. Yet more of the essence of Rome, you think.
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