Wednesday was a museum day. Our first stop was Museo Nazionale Romano (National Museum of Rome), a walk back in time that shows some of the history of Rome through statues, mosaics, painting, and metal work.
|side view of the building|
|Roman matron with an elaborate hairdo|
|The Boxer at Rest (first century). The sculptor used different metals for effect, as can be seen in the face below.|
|Notice the difference in metal composition and the lovely patina.|
|Part of a stone inlay panel|
|A representation of Bacchus in a mosaic. Don liked this one because the guy looks like he certainly likes his wine.|
|Part of a painted bedroom from a Roman villa|
Then it was off to the Museo e Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery), a villa set in gardens (now a public park) that showcases part of the paintings, sculpture, and antiquities owned by the luxury-loving Borghese family in the very rooms where it was originally displayed. This is an overwhelming experience.
|Here is the outside of the museum--all that you will get to see because you are not allowed to take any photos of the artwork. Heck, you aren't even allowed to take your purse into the museum.|
|A glimpse of one of the many gardens around the villa|
|Trattoria Gioia Mia Pisciapiano|
|My antipasti (appetizer) of various grilled and stuffed vegetables|
|It was porcini mushroom season and the waiter proudly pointed out their stock of porcini mushrooms. Don ordered pasta with porcini and bacon and I ordered risotto with porcini.|
After dinner we continued our stroll through Rome.
|We even strolled through a shopping center. Sadly, the restaurants were open but the shops were closed.|
|We ended the night at the Trevi Fountain. This was as close as we could get because of the crowds.|