I know, I know… Three posts in three days. A new personal best. Consider yourselves lucky!
Today was a big day for sight seeing in Rome! I’m trying to pack everything in that I can in my last week here, and I got to cross a lot of things off the list today!
Here’s a run down of today’s events, including pictures!
Left the apartment in Trastevere to meet group at studio to walk together to Galleria Borghese across town for the Caravaggio/Bacon exhibit.
Cut over past the Pantheon to the main drag that runs all the way through Rome (Via del Corso), then cut over to the Piazza de Spagna and the Spanish Steps (one of the items on the Rome To-Do list!), climbed to the top (138 steps), then walked to Villa Borghese.
Toured the Galleria Borghese, which was a work of art in itself. Viewed the Caravaggio and Bacon displays, but the best part (for me at least) were the sculptures on display by Gian Lorenzo Bernini–my favorite artist of the Baroque era. His stuff is astounding. I just finished a research paper for art history, and Bernini was my topic. Seeing these things in real life were the highlight. We weren’t allowed to take pictures in the galleria, but here are some of my favorites I found online.
After seeing all that the Borghese Gallery had to offer, we spent a couple hours tromping around Villa Borghese and the Borghese gardens. This is a HUGE area, so we didn’t see much of it, but it was a very nice, quiet place. There were lots of places to sit and enjoy the scenery, several dog parks, a pond, countless beautiful fountains and statues, and walking paths everywhere. Interspersed are several museums, and even a zoo! There were lots of runners, families, young people, bikers, etc., all enjoying the parks today. It was nice and relaxing ad quiet and beautiful. I enjoyed it very much!
After a few hours of exploring the parks at Borghese, we met up with some classmates and walked over to Palazzo de San Pietro. It only took us about a half hour to walk there. Once we got to St. Peter’s square we were greeted by the beautiful sight of a giant Christmas tree! It was very neat. We spent some time taking pictures of the tree and the exterior of St. Peter’s Basilica. It was the first time I had been here in the daylight hours, so I took lots of pictures of the square and the exterior, as well as the interior (much cooler during the day). Also–the absolute highlight of my day, and maybe even of all my time in Rome–I had the opportunity to climb up to the top of the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica (551 steps!) and spend about an hour watching the sun set over the entire Eternal City! I was very much on top of the world this afternoon–a blessing that was much needed in what has proven to be an especially tough week.
So that was my Thursday! Not a bad way to spend a day, I’d say. They were working on setting up the Nativity inside St. Peter’s, and said it’d be completed and unveiled on the 15th of December, so it would probably be worth a trip back just to see that! Good day today, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
8 days til we’re homeward bound!
Thanks for readin’,