Every now again I can give you glimpses into Z-life. Here are some images from an after lunch stroll with an octogenarian Chinese priest who lives in the same house I am in and another young fellow who came along.
First stop, coffee. It is a sacred rite. I generally have mine in a glass.
Onward! Along the v. delle Coppelle there is a wonderful little inscription for the Jubliee of 1750. Note the little door. People were to put the names of folks who were ill or needed help so that the Confraternity of Divine Perseverance could help them.
The octogenarian wanted to buy something at the nearby open day market.
Meanwhile I checked the prices of artichokes… they’re from Puglia (the heal of the boot).
Past the Church of the Camillan Fathers dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, you can admire St. Camillus of Lellis himself.
Once this piazza was horribly beset by ugly shacks. Pius VII had them removed in 1823 "by a most provident demolition", as the Latin inscription above the McDonald’s clearly states. Where else but Rome. 1823 was the 23rd and last year of Pius VII’s pontificate. Interesting guy, Pius VII. difficult times.
On a slightly more elevated cultural note, facing the piazza is the hotel where Mascagni was the night before his opera Cavaleria Rusticana won its famous prize and were Ariosto, author of Orlando Furioso, lodged in 1513.
And then there is the Pantheon.
And home again.