Postcards from Italy: Finding frescos and other artistic marvels

A fresco that only looks three-dimensional adorns the ceiling of the Sant’Ignazio di Loyola Church in Rome.
A fresco that only looks three-dimensional adorns the ceiling of the Sant’Ignazio di Loyola Church in Rome.
Katherine Schick

Located between the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain is the beautiful Sant’Ignazio di Loyola Church, a Baroque-style Jesuit church built in 1650. Mapping the ceiling is a fresco painted by Andrea Pozzo with designs illustrating the continents known at the time — Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. There is also a fresco of a dome that looks so 3D that many visitors think it’s a real dome, although it’s an illusion. Numerous chapels line the interior, and everywhere you look are marble, painted, and sculpted delights that are marvels to your eye. I recommend peeking into any open church you pass on the streets of Rome as the intricacy, artfulness, and tranquility of each one makes for a lovely experience. Most churches require you to keep your shoulders (and sometimes knees) covered when inside, so I would advise that you keep a sweater in your bag.

From Roma with love, Kate


(Katherine Schick is a high school student from Watertown, Mass., who is spending a month with a host family in Rome while studying Italian and documenting her travels for the Headliners of Summer newsroom with her “Postcards from Italy” series.)

–July 23, 2023–

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Katherine Schick, Headliners of Summer
A rising junior at Watertown (Mass.) High School, Katherine Schick is an Entertainment and Travel reporter for Headliners in Education and the Raider Times. In 2021, Schick took part in Harvard University’s Summer Journalism Academy where she was recognized as both a News and Sports writer and has had articles published on School Newspapers Online. She is a creative writer for the Word Painter literary magazine at Watertown High and takes classes at GrubStreet in Boston. Outside of writing, Schick is a passionate dancer and assistant dance teacher, Model UN participant, study abroad student in Italy as of summer 2023, and loves nothing more than watching old movies. (June 2023)  

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