18 May 2008

My Second Theme: Public Displays of Affection

I have decided to have my second theme focus on public displays of affection. The stereotypes, of course, are that the Italians are lovers. After witnessing a number of declarations of love around the city, I thought it worthwhile and feasible to investigate and unpack how love is expressed publicly. Because it is more public than in the United States, I think I will have some access to consider the ways that love is communicated here.

In particular, I’m going to focus on expressions of love. I have seen five brides in the last week. The “Ti Amo” graffiti is everywhere, and the ways that couples behave in public is different here. Space is different, touch is different, and the public norms about how to express romantic love are different, as well. I’m going to try to pursue three major sub-themes: weddings (‘tis the season, after all), “ti amo” and related types of graffiti, and everyday expressions.

As a preview, here are a few photos, including a “Ti Amo,” a wedding at the Campidoglio, and a couple walking by the Tiber at sunset, holding hands and strolling before dinner.

Here’s the bride leaving with the groom, as the videographer looks on:

A couple at dusk:

And, finally, a Ti Amo:


Tom Benson said...

Weddings are performed every Saturday morning at the Campidoglio. Our daughter Sarah was married to Richard Ruth at the Campidoglio in the summer of 2003.

Michelle said...

What no fist bumps?!!

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