While the concept of mall here is entirely foreign, it appears that Romans have quite taken to it, albeit in their way. EUROMA2 is Rome’s enormous new shopping mall which, with its 240 stores, is apparently the largest mall in Europe.
The interior of the Mall is quite lovely: a glass domed atrium, wall to wall decorative marble floors and marble obelisks reaching from the 1st level to the 3rd. What is truly interesting, however, is how the Romans use the mall and “live” it.
On any rainy, late Sunday afternoon at EUROMA2, you will find yourself surrounded by young families with babies in strollers, small children chasing one another, grandmas and grandpas, people with their dogs, families sitting at tables enjoying gelato or snacks.
The atmosphere here tends to be charged with a wonderful celebratory feeling, as hundreds of people seemed happy just to be there with their family and their friends, whether or not they had made a purchase. Basically, these Romans are using the mall in exactly the same way as they would a neighborhood piazza in town!
- Contributed by Janet Reider, photographer, IN reader, whose incredible work is visible at www.janetreider.com