Religiosity in Catholic Italy is a fading phenomenon. Churches are emptied, especially of young people. But in the streets, in everyday world, there remain widespread signs of a minor religiousness, sometimes akin to superstition, sometimes witnessing true loving devotion.
No mention here of the artistic jewels or of the impressive creations which are a symbol of the “Bel Paese”. I have been looking for the small signs that manifest the thousand facets of a religious culture which oscillates among an intimate and measured faith, an intrusive and often sacrilegious presence, a familiar company of an iconic imaginary that seems to have been in existence forever and ever.