ROMA – SPRING 2017 – pt 2b

DSCN1480Adorning the Pincio, you will find 228 busts of famous Italians.  These are people who have added to the glory of Italy and, in some cases, Roma, by their distinguished works.  Vittorio Alfieri was a dramatist, who is considered the founder of Italian tragedy.DSCN1482Pietro Verri was a philosopher.DSCN1483Cesare Beccaria was a jurist, criminologist, and politician, who is considered the father of modern criminal law & justice.  He fearlessly fought against the death penalty, and the use of torture in prisons.  DSCN1485Alessandro Volta invented the electrical battery, and was also the discoverer of methane.DSCN1487Gaetano Filangieri was a jurist and philosopher.DSCN1490The bust of the Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova is one of my favorites.DSCN1492Domenico Cimarosa was a composer of operas.DSCN1494DSCN1497Vincenzo Camuccini was considered the premier academic painter of his time.  His works include portraits of Popes, Kings, and Queens, as well as religious scenes painted for some of the most important churches in Italy.DSCN1499Alessandro Manzoni was a poet and novelist, best known for his book, The Betrothed.  DSCN1502DSCN1503DSCN1505DSCN1508There is a restaurant at the edge of the Pincio, where it is possible to enjoy a meal, or even just a cold drink before continuing to explore the wonderful park that surrounds you.  DSCN1510DSCN1513DSCN1517DSCN1525DSCN1532DSCN1535DSCN1542Villa Medici is a MUST-SEE, when visiting the Pincio.  A ticket is required.  It costs 12 euros, but it includes a guided tour of the villa itself, and the gardens behind it, as well as whatever temporary exhibitions are taking place at the time of your visit.  DSCN1544The villa, once home of the Medici Family, is now the property of the French Academy in Rome.  I found the entire visit, which takes about two and a half hours, extremely interesting.  The artwork, both inside of the building, and in the garden, is beautiful!DSCN1549DSCN1554DSCN1557DSCN1560DSCN1561DSCN1562DSCN1566DSCN1574DSCN1576DSCN1578DSCN1582DSCN1583DSCN1585DSCN1586DSCN1589DSCN1591The stanza degli Uccelli is a beautiful, fresco covered apartment on the grounds of the villa.DSCN1593DSCN1598Another structure houses art by the students of the French Academy.DSCN1600DSCN1603DSCN1607DSCN1608DSCN1610From the panoramic terrace of the villa, one gets an incredible view of Roma!DSCN1622After visiting the terrace, the visit continues inside of the villa.DSCN1623DSCN1628After my tour was finished, I slowly made my way back down the hill, to the center of town.DSCN1633DSCN1637As I was passing the Chiesa di Santissima Trinita dei Monti, at the top of the Spanish Steps, I couldn’t resist going in, and taking in some of its rich artistic treasures.DSCN1638I love the piece called “The Deposition,” by Wilhelm Achtermann.  DSCN1640DSCN1641DSCN1644DSCN1647

 

Next up: More from the eternal city, including a visit to the Monti area!

Note: this blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any translations which may appear.

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