With a stone head, a ten-metre-long creature in crumbly white chalk is outlined all over the sidewalk. It stretches and stretches from under the brick side-wall of the church of S. Rocco over the pavement and into the street and then points to the Ara Pacis pavilion. What is it? A ghost, a river god? Is it drawn by a wise child, a madonnaro, or someone brave and strange? I wonder, and then amble on. Some weeks later, walking from Via della Scrofa towards Piazza del Popolo, remembering the apparition with amusement, I expect it to be gone, washed away by recent rains. But lo! Here it is freshly outlined again, stretching mysteriously over the cobblestones. Now I notice scruffy funky objects too, scattered here and there over the stone posts surrounding the mound of the emperor Augustus

Wanted in Rome
Wanted in Rome
Wanted in Rome is a monthly magazine in English for expatriates in Rome established in 1985. The magazine covers Rome news stories that may be of interest to English and Italian speaking residents, and tourists as well. The publication also offers classifieds, photos, information on events, museums, churches, galleries, exhibits, fashion, food, and local travel.
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