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Photos of Rome: Madonna and the Traffic Light

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An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or divinity. It is given in fulfillment of a vow–the Latin term is short for ex voto suscepto, “from the vow made”–or in gratitude or devotion.

Ex-voti are usually placed in a church, affixed in a chapel or roadside shrine, like the one portrayed, where the worshiper seeks grace or gives thanks for a wish granted.

As such these may include plaques, marble tablets or handwritten signs with texts explaining the miracle attributed to the helper, or symbols such as a painted or modeled reproduction of a miraculously healed body part, or a directly related item, like a crutch given by a formerly lame person.I’ve seen ex-voti around town include paintings of saved dogs, silver heart shapes, model boats, war medals and even football shirts given by players and supporters of a winning local soccer team..The mosaic on the busy corner of Rome’s Via Gramsci and Viale Buozzi here, is in itself an ex-voto expressing gratitude for rescue from a car wreck. Amen.

About the author

American-born and Roman-bred Eleonora Baldwin is an active writer, blogger, journalist, gourmet vacation entrepreneur and photographer living in the Eternal City. Her writing appears regularly in several online food and travel columns that focus on Italian lifestyle, culinary customs and recipes, as well as her soon-to-be released cookbook-memoir, due for publication in 2016. Her blogs illustrate dishes, restaurant reviews, and useful tools for parents travelling with kids in Rome. On Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino, her most popular blog, Eleonora shared her insider knowledge about the depth of Italian cuisine. She can be spotted in and around the Eternal City guiding epicure travelers to secret food and wine locations, interviewing celebrity chefs, and capturing with her camera the essence, beauty and life that surrounds her.

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