It’s been a long wait, but today I got a ticket and visited the museum. It was like going home. And, the crowds were normal, like pre-Covid levels. That was a bit comforting as well.
Today I took an idiosyncratic group of photos, and skipped taking pictures of the usual suspects that I love so much (Donatello, Desiderio da Settignano et al). So, enjoy this random group.
And now, I get a bit more serious with great artwork:
Veduta dei danni inferti dai tedeschi prima della ritirata da Firenze.
One of the loveliest, and smallest, museums I like to visit in Rome is the Ara Pacis. On my recent visit to Rome, I enjoyed this almost empty museum.
My video below captures the interior of the monument, just before a guard told me I couldn’t make a video.
It isn’t easy keeping a nearly 700 year old structure looking fresh. But, Florence does an amazing job. This week, Orsanmichele was getting a sprucing up.
No visit to Rome is complete in my book without stopping in to visit this august structure. Without the normal crowds, my visit was superb!
Raphael is on my mind, for I will be visiting the Raphael exhibition the following day. Here is his tomb inside the Pantheon.
Rome in July of 2020, after Covid has cleared the streets.
July 2020. Rome is beautiful and accessible with fewer people.