Rome, July 2019 – It’s beauty used to hide structural issues over centuries. No longer.
Ask people: locals, tourists, workers from overseas, professionals, and learn Rome is not blinding them anymore. It looks the beautiful scenario does not stand up the widespread problems.
Ancient history, modern times and the present are deeply entrenched in the eternal city and you find out the truth both engraved into bright marbles, on a post-it or over a light talk.
But monuments, statues, temples, churches talk about Rome’s daily concerns too: from the statue of Giordano Bruno, the friar burned alive by the Roman Inquisition, to the fascist Dux balcony and more. Listen to Rio de La Plata, for instance: Bernini’s most famous river of his Fountain in Piazza Navona sounds very sarcastic rising his scaremongering hand against the baroque facade of Sant’Agnese by his rival architect Borromini, right the same way Romans have always been with their chronically unstable governments and pompous, rhetoric-style politicians.
Or take a look to the faceless Pasquino: the ancient Greek statue has spoken sarcastic rhymes to the powerful from the 15th century, but politicians seem not up to criticism, nowadays.