The top picture here is the Santa Maria Maggiore, the basilica that was across the street from my hotel in Rome. The second shot is from the interior of one of the side-chapels. The last is a little collage I made of my Churches of Italy set on Flickr.
This is an area of Italy that dates back over 2000 years. This tiny roof and “canal” area is where Roman women would come and wash clothes while their men were off fighting the Gauls.
It’s now been converted to a little cafe where Italian people sit around and complain about Zidane, a modern day Gaul.
Here are a few more church interiors from around Italy. The first was taken near the altar of the Duomo. Someone on Flicker noted that it looked like something out of an Asimov novel, which I thought was an apt description.
The hardest thing about these shots was hiding my tripod from the security guards, and then feigning absolute ignorance when they came up to me shaking their first like Wario when he loses in Mario Party.