Old and New in San Giovanni
The same day that I took the sculpture and “Making the Sale” shots, I first stopped right outside the S. Giovanni metro stop in Largo Brindisi. To me these photographs say a lot about why Rome is so special. In the first picture we see how old, “new,” and modern have been blended together into the urban fabric of Rome. Old would be the section of the ancient Aurelian Walls, under which cars and motorinos now fly. “New,” which I only put in parenthesis because only here can something this old be considered new, is the Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano, which you can see in the middle with its sculptures peaking out. The home of the popes until they returned from Avignon, this Basilica sometimes falls off the radar, but should definitely be visited. And lastly we have COIN, a modern department store, which I’ve heard has a lovely bar on the top floor.
To be honest, once you live here for awhile you start to forget about how incredible it is that all this history is mixed together and how the old and new co-exist peacefully. That blending isn’t anything new, take one look under most structures here and you’ll find something older that is was built on top of. Whenever I get frustrated with the city or living out of my own culture, one walk around the city to view something like this makes me take a step back and realize how lucky I really am.