I have always wanted to visit Rome’s Holy Stairs. The Scala Sancta, across from San Giovanni in Laterano, caught my eye in La Grande Bellezza – a stunning visual homage to Rome. Cinematic placement is great, but I knew I wanted to see the stairs before I saw the movie. I have been meaning to visit […]
I was sitting in front of Santa Maria in Trastevere recently to finish my Fior di Luna gelato con calma. It’s seriously not the worst. From its cosmati floors: To the tip-top of its burnished gold altar. I wanted to revisit the church after reading a short story about a woman’s love affair with a statue […]
I hope you like photos, because it is really hard for me to put into words how much I love this place. Santa Maria in Ara Coeli is my favorite church in Rome. It is the most beautiful church in Rome. I mean, if you like brassy and in-your-face beauty. Which I obviously do, because […]
The red light means the priest is in. I really wanted to get the priest himself in the shot because I am 90% sure he dozed off while waiting for someone to unburden their sins in Santa Maria Maggiore, but that 10% uncertainty held me back.
This is a small church in Rome called Santa Barbara dei Librai. When I say “small” I mean “teeeeny tiiiiiiny,” so I like to call it “the tiny church by Campo de’ Fiori.” I love Santa Barbara dei Librai. It seems so out of place. It’s in a triangular piazza off of Via dei Giubbonari. […]
The most famous church in Trastevere is by far the Basilica di Santa Maria. Santa Maria is beautiful, but my favorite is Santa Cecilia: On my way to dinner once, I wandered past Santa Cecilia just as the bells were ringing. They stopped me in my tracks, and I joined a small crowded that had gathered […]