Every Thursday in the arcade of the Piazza della Republica, a flower market pops up for the day. Today it was filled with Christmas greens and berries.
I love the contrast of the time worn, massive, permanent architectural stonework with the ephemeral, bright beauty of the ilex berries!
There were branches of variegated holly available, as well as all the red/pink/fushia tones of cyclamen.
There were magnolia branches painted gold and silver.
There were hellebores in bloom, as well as heather.
And there were lovely fresh greens wreaths, some plain, some decorated.
For those people who are not in the mood for Christmas, there were roses.
And there was a hearty woman who kept track of it all.
It was a sight to behold!