May 29 Rome II Hop On Hop Off

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Sunday, May 29. This morning started out very quiet with a walk through a small part of the The Borghese Gardens, which includes many buildings that were designed and build prior to the 1600s. Eventually in 1902 the Borghese estate sold all structures and surrounding gardens to the Italian Government.
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In 1903 the Art Museum was opened and today houses a substantial part of the Borghese paintings, sculptures and antiquities. The story is that the estate could not afford to maintain the grounds and the buildings, and now the Italian Government is in the same situation, so the grounds and structures are not .well kept. However, it appears that they are well used by the public for various pleasures, activities and events.

We only went into one of the museums, Pietro Canonica (1869-1959), a sculptor using marble and bronze as his medium. Many of his works were life-size and very intricately carved. He used the Bas-relief method of sculpturing: a kind of carving or sculpture in which the figures are raised a distance from a flat background to give a three-dimensional effect. Very interesting and beautiful.

imageWe walked through a small part of the The Borghese Gardens, which includes many buildings that were designed and build prior to the 1600s. Eventually in 1902 the Borghese estate sold all structures and surrounding gardens to the Italian Government. In 1903 the Art Museum was opened and today houses a substantial part of the Borghese paintings, sculptures and antiquities. The story is that the estate could not afford to maintain the grounds and the buildings, and now the Italian Government is in the same situation, so the grounds and structures are not well kept. However, it appears that they are well used by the public for various pleasures, activities and events. We only went into one of the museums, Pietro Canonica (1869-1959), a sculptor using marble and bronze as his medium. Many of his works were life-size and very intricately carved. He used the Bas-relief method of sculpturing: a kind of carving or sculpture in which the figures are raised a distance from a flat background to give a three-dimensional effect. Very interesting and beautiful.

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As we walked toward the exit we passed some exhibition horses gettin ready to do their thing.  I tried some photos and some had a artistic setting… A change of look…

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We got our 10,000+ steps in today – walking to get on the bus (passing Harry’s Bar Rome) and then more walking to see the Trevi Fountain and The Spanish Steps. The steps are being renovated (much like the Trevi was a few years ago. During our bus ride we passed many interesting structures – the most prevalent was the Coliseum and nearby the area where Ben Hur was filmed. It was filmed in 1959, and was 3 hr and 44 min long and they still are talking about it today on the bus. Rome is such a big city, from the bus we passed a couple of department stores and went into a Galleria with shops, coffee and sweets galore.

That evening we ate nearby at Mamma Mia’s, where we were informed that their speciality is beef from all over the world. However, we both ordered our last pasta dinner. Frankly, I don’t eat pizza or pasta at home or in our local restaurants. I will be very happy to be home with a salad, chicken, avocado, tomatoes and my favorite dressing. There are NO choices of salad dressings – Oil and white vinegar or balsamic is it. But, the bread – that I will miss. I think we have had the widest variety of breads, always served with each meal; no butter of course – just olive oil.