LOOKING LIKE creatures from another planet, street entertainers rest near Rome’s Piazza Navona, the beguiling historic square in the heart of the Italian capital.
Graced with fountains, rimmed by elegant, centuries-old buildings and a towering church, Piazza Navona lures both locals and tourists (who sometimes get massively overcharged at its ice-cream shops and cafes).
Year-round, a posse of street entertainers, their clothes and bodies painted a uniform silver, do mime routines or pose as “living statues” in the piazza. Sometimes they are even costumed as the Statue of Liberty to please the American tourists.
But around Christmas, a street fair fills the oval-shaped piazza. Outdoor stalls are crowded with Christmas decorations, candy, CDs and more. Skinny guys, dressed as Santa or the flute-playing shepherds who once came down to the city from the hills, wander around. It’s a season of tough competition for Roman street entertainers.
- Seattle company copes with backlash on $70,000 minimum wage
- More pet-food recalls linked to potential salmonella contamination
- Seahawks sign four-year extension with linebacker Bobby Wagner worth a reported $43 million
- Impressions from Day Three of Seahawks' training camp --- Christine Michael, the center position, Tyler Lockett, and more
- After signing $43 million contract, Bobby Wagner admits he didn’t expect Seattle to draft him
Most Read Stories
Kristin R. Jackson is The Seattle Times NWTraveler editor. Contact her at email@example.com.