Adorning 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.Pietro Verri was a philosopher.Cesare 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. Alessandro Volta invented the electrical battery, and was also the discoverer of methane.Gaetano Filangieri was a jurist and philosopher.The bust of the Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova is one of my favorites.Domenico Cimarosa was a composer of operas.Vincenzo 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.Alessandro Manzoni was a poet and novelist, best known for his book, The Betrothed. There 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. Villa 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. The 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!The stanza degli Uccelli is a beautiful, fresco covered apartment on the grounds of the villa.Another structure houses art by the students of the French Academy.From the panoramic terrace of the villa, one gets an incredible view of Roma!After visiting the terrace, the visit continues inside of the villa.After my tour was finished, I slowly made my way back down the hill, to the center of town.As 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.I love the piece called “The Deposition,” by Wilhelm Achtermann.
Next up: More from the eternal city, including a visit to the Monti area!
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