Saturday, June 25, 2005

Finding churches in Rome

Rome is so thickly strewn with churches that our concierge used newspaper stands as landmarks to guide our walk to a nearby landmark. “You can’ miss it – you go down the street lined with churches and look for the big newspaper stand – the church you are looking for is right behind that.”

In a city built on such a grand scale, it is the small details that impress. The senator’s names from 2000 years ago carved into the marble seats of the coliseum, the shaft of light through the top of the pantheon, the small painted wooden icons around the stations of the cross at a no-name church that didn’t make the guide book cut.