|Market carts, all with the same rubber-trimmed iron|
wheels. Behind, the wall Bill considered scaling.
We thought we had found the field around the back of the market, in the alley called via Locri, where the old market carts are stored. Bill imagined scaling the wall in back for a peak at the historic site, but he would have been not only foolhardy but wrong. At the next turn in, we asked a gatekeeper for permission to have look at Totti's "stadium," which we assumed was right there, within his purview to show us. Wrong again, but he sent us on our way with directions, while noting that what we were looking for hardly qualified as a "stadium." "Campo", or "field," he corrected us.
|The field. In the distance, the statues on the facade|
of San Giovanni in Laterano
The playing surface is now artificial turf--not what Totti would have learned on, 25 years ago, but evidence, we think, that the field will be spared, saved from the Metro.
|The "stadium," such as it is.|
|And from the other side|
Nearby, a sidewalk traffic barrier, painted in Roma's colors, marks Totti's presence in the neighborhood.
(For more neighborhood decoration for A.S. Roma and Totti, see this earlier post.)