In many places throughout Italy I found tiny “shrines” embedded into the old walls, and most of these were of the Virgin Mary.
I thought these were really interesting and wondered who had taken the time to build these into these walls. In many instances there would be flowers left there by someone.
It reminded me of the elderly gentleman who brought flowers every day to an outside shrine in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun while Diane Lane’s character watched from her window hoping for a wave. Finally at the end of the movie he tips his hat and smiles at her.
The Italians love their saints and this outdoor shrine to St Augustine is an example. This is in the village of Longano, Italy, a town nearby the village of my grandparents.