When in Rome…ponder another of The Great Questions

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 ‘πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚’

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: πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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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When in Rome…witness The #ArtofParking

As we may have said before, one of the great joys of la cittΓ  bella is parking. Or rather being in the company of people who are trying to park. And, of course, seeing how people do park. Imagine our delight then when last month we saw #ArtofParking marketing in various places in the historic centre. We look forward to seeing more examples of something that makes you think, ‘only in Rome’.

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When in Rome…see Sacro Cuore Immacolato di Maria on Piazza Euclide

Almost five years ago, we wrote about our flying visit to Piazza Euclide and our desire to spend more time there not least so we could visit Sacro Cuore Immacolato di Maria. Happily, during our excursions on the Roma-Viterbo line in August, we managed to pay that longed-for visit.

The Sacred Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary was consecrated in 1959 and is, we must admit, now on the list of our favourite churches in Rome. It is very large and so full of things to photograph that even with the album you can study here we feel sure we need to go again so we can record things we won’t really have taken in the on our first visit.

But for now, there is the album for you to peruse and the images below for you to enjoy straight away.

Fantastica, no?

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When in Rome…keep calm and spread Nutella

Of everything we learnt during The Thirteen Months, one of the greatest lessons was The Importance of Nutella. We were reminded of that during our October trip this year, when we saw various pieces of  advertising for said product. Here is one example, at a bus stop.

And here is another, at a tube station. What better hashtag than ‘Talk like you spread’ (or some such) to go with ‘Keep calm and spread Nutella’?

Yes, indeed.

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When in Rome…see Stageless

Early one Saturday evening we found ourselves, as we often do, sat on Piazza di San Silvestro, killing time before going to meet The Roman. While there we saw these three gentlemen. They make up a group called ‘Stageless’. More on them on their Facebook page here and below are some photos of them in action and the setting in which they performed.

Now you may be wondering why we have devoted an entire despatch to them. Well, it is for two reasons. First, they are superb, never more so than when performing ‘Summertime’. Second, they are so superb that the male pensioner sat near to you circumvents the usual Four Stages of Acceptance, turns to you and comments ‘bravi’.
Yes, indeed. They’re that good.

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When in Rome…see the street art at Settebagni

If you’re interested in street art, and who could not be, then this is a despatch for you. Come back with us to August. We take the train to a village outside Rome, Settebagni. We go to see a church – more of that in another post – and some street art. As we proceed to the platform to see what we’ve travelled here to see, we come across this.

Then there was this.

At last, we get to see what has brought us here: this piece of art dedicated to Andrea Gandini.

And finally this.

Everything we recorded can be seen here.

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When in Rome…see (the exterior of) San Giulio on Via Francesco Maidalchini

Francesco Maidalchini was an Italian Cardinal who lived in the 17th century. There is a street named after him in the Gianicolense quarter. On that street in Monteverde stands a church dedicated to Pope St Julius I. San Giulio dates from the 1960s. It seems to be undergoing some renovation work, as you can see below. So hopefully one day, we’ll be able to share more exterior and some interior shots with you.

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