Today we stayed home until nearly noon working on bookkeeping and research; the hours flew by and we suddenly realized that the day was slipping away. A bit cooler outside but occasional sunshine helped. Our jackets with sweaters underneath felt good most of the day.
We spent about an hour an a half in the privately owned museum; the admission was 11 euros each but included a very complete audio guide. I had to pay a fee of 4 euros but was then given a token to wear around my neck and I could snap as many photos as I wanted without flash. The ceilings were works of art. There were several Caravaggio paintings; some others with candles I thought were beautiful. They created their own hall of mirrors; and each room was coordinated with the wall coverings and matching furniture. What is important about this Palazzo is that the family has not sold off it's great art collection over the centuries as so many other families have.
But the steps of the wedding cake drew us in and up we climbed. On the first level we stopped to take photos of the women soldiers who were standing at attention at the Altar of the Fatherland. Then up more steps and finally into the building. We found a great display of photos all about the use of dirigibili (hot air ships) during WW I. Soon we were out the top of the building where we discovered a very modern glass elevator built on the outside of the building where for seven euros you could go to the top of the roof to take photos. Decided we had enough of a view and
We decided to save the other steps of Michelangelo for another day and headed to catch a bus that would take us to Termini. It was about four o'clock by then. Arrived and walked several blocks to check out the Church of Santa Maria della Victoria that has the Bernini Altar with the statute of St. Teresa in Ecstasy. Yep...it was totally covered with restoration going on behind the netting. But we've seen it several times before so we were actually just wasting some time by checking out a rumor we'd heard from another tourist last week.
Soon we were over the Piazza, having to make our way past the myriad of equipment that we think is being set up for the Rome Marathon that is being run tomorrow. A beautiful Mass with a young priest who gave the homely talking about how his mother told him at the age of eighteen that no matter what he did he would always find a welcome at home as he went off to college. It was a good way to end the week.
Crossed over the street to the Metro stop and arrived home before eight o'clock. A clarification on our location. I've discovered on Google Maps that we are actually south west of the Vatican. The street that we live on starts uphill on the northwest side of the Vatican but then it wraps around the back of the Vatican. Another good day and I hope that you've also enjoyed our journey. Here is the link to the photos.
Link to Picasaweb Photos