Rome – a city of two halves

Ostiense bridge, in the less privileged area I visited in Rome

Rome, which I recently visited, has its extravagant treasures, such as in the Vatican. I found these material things rather difficult to reconcile with the idea of faith in Jesus Christ.

While in the city, we went on a Street Art tour, organised by a charity which seeks to interest the public more in the genre. We saw a plethora of beautiful and skilful street art, explained brilliantly by our guide. It all made quite contrast to the Sistine Chapel et al.

I was particularly struck by the work of the street artist Blu. In one case he worked for food and accommodation only, risking his life on ropes at night to cover a social housing project in art. In tribute to his selflessness, graffiti artists have left his work untouched (which is unusual).


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