Light entering a cupola in St. Peter's
Tonight, being our last night here in Rome,
has turned out to be a perfect one to post some picture and journal updates.
The past two days have been great, even though I’d already seen much of what we
visited. As I mentioned before, this time through has allowed me to see a
little bit deeper into things than when I came in high school.
Yesterday, we started off by visiting the Borghese, a
private collection of some of Bernini and Caravaggio’s best works. I especially
liked the Bernini sculptures of the Rape of Proserpina and Apollo and Daphne.
It’s amazing to see the effects he was able to achieve with marble, often
carving it down to paper-thin sections to create a perfect material
representation. After that, we set off on a walking tour through central Rome,
stopping at some of the small Renaissance and Baroque churches peppered along
Doors to the Basilica degli Angeli
The first, Santa Maria
degli Angeli, used to be ancient Roman baths before Michelangelo redesigned the
interior architecture…pretty amazing to see how he transformed such an
expansive space. Next, we went to see the Ecstasy of St. Teresa, a famous
Bernini sculpture nestled in one of the smaller chapels. Along with Gaudi, I
think that Bernini is one of those artists that you can never judge until you
see his work in person, and I have certainly been impressed by his talent.
After that, we stopped by a Borromini church before heading to the Trevi
Fountain and Pantheon, both necessary stops when visiting Rome
and not much has changed in four years. Today was spent in the Vatican
walking through the museum and touring St.
Courtyard of S. Carlo alle Quatro Fontane
Peter’s. The best part was getting
to go inside St. Peter’s, since it was closed during my last visit. I also got
to see Michelangelo’s Pieta, despite it being behind thick bulletproof glass.
After we left the Vatican
we headed back to the hotel to watch the United States get dominated in their
first World Cup match…definitely the lowlight of the day. I just got back from
an amazing dinner a few blocks away. I had a dish that was made up of a
sampling of grilled meats and vegetables, of which all but one were delicious.
I couldn’t figure out what the one non-delicious meat was…it first appeared to
be ham, but it was brown in the middle and had a slight “fishy” taste. We asked
the waitress, who had to find a translator, to find out that it was goat. Add
that to my list of sampled meats from across the globe.
The group at the Trevi Fountain
All in all, the food in
has been amazing—large
portions for a reasonable price and great dining atmospheres.
Tomorrow, after an early wakeup, I’ll be on a bus for 7-8
hours en route to Venice. I’ve
heard mixed opinions about Venice…some
say that it’s smelly and dirty and slowly sinking, but others still are
faithful to the city’s unique layout and atmosphere. I’m reserving my judgment,
but I have a good feeling that I will enjoy my time there. Please feel free to
leave comments or shoot me an email…I’d love to hear how everyone’s doing back
home. Ciao for now!