In Remembrance of the Departed
It’s gone back to raining nonstop here in the past few days. In memory of sunnier times, I took these shots just before Christmas on the Ponte Vecchio in Montesacro. Yes, that’s right, the Florentines aren’t the only ones to have a Ponte Vecchio. This old bridge runs over the Aniene River, which flows all the way through Rome and up to Tivoli.
The photos show items left to remember the deceased around a fragmented relief of the Virgin and child. These types of shrines are common in Italy, with people leaving flowers, candles, pictures, and even toys for their deceased loved ones. They often spring up at the sites of car accidents and also in places where there is already a depiction of the Virgin and child. You’ll see a lot Virgin and child altars on street corners for some reason, don’t ask me why.
You’ll see two detailed shots and then one of the entire shrine to give you a sense of it.