ROME, ITALY: CAPITOLINE MUSEUMS, CACIO E PEPE, ROMA AT NIGHT
This is the second half of Day 1 of 6 days we spent in Rome this past March 2018. Part 1 of this day if you haven’t read it. This part has a lot of art at the Capitoline Museums (reliving my art history class days) and includes dinner and drinks in Trastevere.
So! The first part left off as we were leaving the Roman Forum.
The cafe has a nice view of the city too.
As we were getting our tickets, another older American couple was there asking for new ipads with audio tour because the battery ran out. The admissions person was confused, and it turned out they were in there for FOUR HOURS listening to every audio stop. What were we in for?
This is one of the first things you see when you enter. In my last part in the Roman Forum, the largest basilica building there used to have this huge sculpture of Constantine. Here is what is left! Pretty amazing. Imagine how big and grand it would have felt in that space.
So the Capitoline Museums are three buildings that house art and archaeological finds. The museum was opened to the public in 1734 by Clement XII and is considered the first museum in the world where all visitors could come enjoy art. The buildings themselves are works of art, two worked on by Michelangelo.
Boy with Thorn! Hellenistic bronze sculpture of a boy pulling a thorn from the bottom of his foot.
The Capitoline Wolf! Plus baby Romulus and Remus
I remember seeing a cult statue of Artemis when I visited Ephesus, Turkey in 2011. Here’s a copy!
This exact sculpture visited the Getty in 2012! My coworker Steve made this video about its installation. SO nuts to see it here.
The Getty Villa also has a sarcophagus with faces missing. I imagine shopping for my own sarcophagus in Ancient Rome and picking out a nice one and then asking for a custom face. But it’d be me on both of the bodies.
Popped into this little bar, The Hole.
I got a negroni and to our surprise we got some cheese, meats, bread, etc. I had read about and heard about “aperitivo” but somehow forgot and we were SO delighted to partake in some pre-dinner munching.
Thanks for reading! Much love friends.