I love noticing the differences in the Italian culture, and one that seems pronounced is the existence of outdoor shrines in almost every city and town in Italy. Despite the commonly-held perception that Italy is a Catholic country, the latest poll indicates that “only 50 percent of Italians consider themselves Catholic.” Nevertheless, they love to display their favorite saints and the Virgin Mary in outdoor shrines.
My favorites are the ones embedded into walls. Usually someone has undoubtedly left a flower out of reverence.
These occurrences that happen so often in Italy are not so often seen in the United States. Such is the captivation and charm of Italy and one of the things I find so endearing every time I visit.
They may be on a hillside, or in a yard, on the side of a road or very commonly embedded into a stone wall. I found these very interesting and most oftens freshly cut flowers are left there anonymously by someone.
Have you seen these outdoor shrines in Italy? I love feedback, so please leave a comment.
Ciao and grazie.
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