Today is Halloween. People in costume will be hanging out at Campo de’ Fiori, or hitting a club. But for a spooky Halloween, all you have to do is go to a church or two, and look around a bit.
Throughout Rome, one finds the memento mori, literally, “remember death.” In other words, remember that life is short, and no matter how young and beautiful you are today, someday you too will be reduced to mere dust.
One particularly spooky church is Santa Maria dell’Orazione e Morte, the church of “prayer and death.” Despite repeated attempts, I have yet to get inside, as it is rarely open (and, being Rome, sometimes when it is supposed to be open, it’s not). But just a look at the outside is creepy enough …
Indeed, this church reminds us that even those that achieve fame — as characterized by a wreath of laurel leaves — will someday be nothing but bones.