I apologize for the lack of posts in recent weeks! I have been moving nonstop here in Rome, between getting work done for class, running around the city exploring, and catching up on sleep, the weeks have slipped by.
But now the classes are all finished, the apartment has been cleaned, and I’ve seen just about everything I wanted to. My program quickly came to a close, and I’m leaving Rome for the States early tomorrow morning. I can’t believe how fast time has gone.
I’ll update you on the happenings in the last few weeks 🙂
As soon as we got back from Puglia, we jumped right back in to classes (we may have missed a class or two..).
The class took a trip north to the Villa Borghese, a huge English-type garden on the northern side of Rome, to see the Borghese Gallery.
In 1605, Cardinal Borghese began turning the grounds of an old vineyard into these extensive gardens. The Villa Borghese now houses the extensive art collection of the cardinal, who was a patron of both Bernini, a Baroque sculpture, and Caravaggio, a Baroque painter. I’ve mentioned Bernini many times before in this blog, but the sculptures we saw here are some of my favorites.
Over the weekend, we took a trip in the bus north to Tivoli, a little hill town just north of Rome, to see Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.
Since Roman times, Tivoli a resort area known for its beauty and good water. Hadrian’s Villa, which sits just below the town of Tivoli, was built as a retreat for the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd Century AD.
After spending the morning at Hadrian’s Villa, we drove up into the town to Tivolli to see, Villa d’Este, which was built in the 16th Century AD by Cardinal d’Este.
While the house itself was beautiful, the real beauty is the gardens.
While we were at lunch, we were reading the handout about the Villa d’Este and the different things to see there. Of course they wrote it in Italian and then translated it to English so we got a kick out of what they said about the Neptune Fountain: “The Fontanta di Nettuno is the most impressive and scenographic of the villa because of the plenty of the water and the powerful jets throwing high squirts in the air.” The Neptune Fountain had some pretty high squirts.. 🙂 (pictured below)
One of the guys, Joe, found a tree to climb into… 🙂
Back in Rome, we took a class trip back to the old Testaccio Slaughterhouse to see an architecture exhibit there.
Parts of the old slaughterhouse have been repurposed for other uses, including a museum.
Of course I was more interested in the paper they had on one of the hidden back doors.. 🙂
Audrey and I also took a little trip to the Capitoline Museum to see the giant Constantine statue. They only have remnants of the statue, but they are impressively giant.
We also saw the original Marcus Aurelius statue, which originally sits in the middle of the Campidoglio plaza (pictured in the model on the right). The museum is housed in the three buildings that surround the plaza, which was redesigned during the Renaissance by Michelangelo.
At one point in the museum, we popped out underground and had a spectacular view of the old Roman forum.
Oh and the tile floors… America needs to step up its floor-game. I’m going to miss all the tile floors!
Stay tuned for the next post!
Coming up: My mom comes to Rome to visit for Thanksgiving & the final wrap up in Rome!