The Ospedale S Giacomo was an ancient hospital, which catered to the “incurables” of the city – those suffering from incurable diseases. It was only closed in 2008, even though, according to a papal bull dating back to the 1600’s, the building’s purpose could not be changed, nor could the building be sold. The original plaque outside of the building can still be seen.The Spartacus Exhibit, at the Museo dell Ara Pacis, was interesting, focusing not really on the one particular man named Spartacus, but on the slaves and gladiators of the Roman era.Small courtyard fountains, many now dry, are in abundance, in this beautiful city.I never tire of walking around Piazza del Popolo, and admiring the statuary which surrounds it.A leisurely stroll-up to the Terrace of the Pincio, which is the section of Villa Borghese visible from Piazza del Popolo, is a lovely, relaxing, though slightly taxing, thing to do. The walk enables you to see more statues, and art, and also provides the visitor with wonderful views of the city – particularly once you reach the terrace itself.Villa Borghese is a lovely park, and the Pincio is one of my favorite areas of it. Once you reach the actual terrace, the view of the city of Roma (below) is fabulous! You can even see the dome of St. Peters in the distance.
Coming up: More from the Pincio, and Villa Borghese, including a visit to Villa Medici!
Note: this blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations which may appear.