June 29th is the Feast of St Peter and St Paul, the two patron saints of the Eternal City. In celebration, the ancient bronze statue of St Peter, in the Basilica di San Pietro, is dressed up for the occasion.
Most scholars date the statue to the time of the sculptor Arnolfo di Cambio (c.1240-c.1310), but not all agree that he was its creator. Over the centuries, St Peter's toes have been almost worn away by the millions of pilgrims who have kissed or touched his feet.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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