Being one of the most visited cities in the world, it’s often said that Rome is overrun with tourists. Not surprising considering the major attractions such as the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and many more. Yes, we love all the big ticket attractions but we’re very fortunate to have found quiet pockets of spaces in Rome to have some quality down time. For us and our creative director, it’s none other than at the small local church, the Parrocchia Sant’Eusebio all’Esquilino located in the suburb of Esquilino, pictured above.
It’s located at one corner of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, its facade looks like it’s actually sandwiched between two other blocks of buildings. Its architecture is typical Italian, and some would say unremarkable, but we love it as it’s as local as a church can get. The cascading steps at the front makes for a small but somewhat grand entrance. Our creative director saw its potential as a backdrop for an opportunistic Esquilino OOTD (Outfit of the Day) shoot.
There are signs of local life all over Esquilino, especially under the porticoes of the buildings surrounding the piazza. Elderly folk catching up with old friends over an espresso or two, stall holders going about their business, young mothers ducking into the local department store OVS to grab some toiletries or socks for the kids. It’s colourful street life, modern Roman/Esquilino style, and that’s how we like it. No surprises, we’ll definitely be back, very soon.