Apparently, there's a hot Roman market that deals in pope kitsch.
Even for a storied city that attracts tourists year-round, the sheer range of religious keepsakes, icons and trinkets on offer on the Via della Conciliazione and around St Peter’s Square is a remarkable sight.Funny photos at the link. I gotta get me some of this stuff.
From crucifixes to cigarette-lighters, key-rings to refrigerator magnets, all manner of items come adorned with the pope’s face or signature.
Among the items on sale on Saturday were a Pope Benedict XVI bottle-opener ($5), an ashtray featuring St Peter’s Basilica ($6.50) and a pair of men’s polyester boxer shorts with an anatomically-enhanced image of Michaelangelo’s Statue of David ($2.50).