After a few days in Rome it’s easy to see how Romans can appear totally blasé about the city’s countless monuments, basilica, and fountains. These vestiges of past empires are simply so numerous that they crowd every street and piazza. One can’t run out for a quick coffee without stumbling past a 1st century ruin. NBD. And given how massive and massively breath-taking each vestige is, it’s also easy to see how one might miss the tiny details that lend the city it’s layered charm. The floor of the Vatican museum is made of tiny beautifully placed mosaic stones. The simplest bits were the most beautiful.

Outside Santa Maria in Trastevere, the walls are plastered with headstones, almost haphazardly.


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