I just got back to Vicenza from Rome and Florence. It’s rainy here, the perfect conditions to reflect on my fall break so far. I still have a few more days of it left to spend with my parents, they came all the way here to spend time with me. We met in Rome, which of course, is an amazing city. We got the grand tour:

the church of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane- we studied this one in art history. Designed by Borromini, it distorts perspective to make parts of the facade seem as though they’re floating. Today, it sits at the intersection of two annoyingly busy roads- a good place to sketch urban life (our sketching assignment).

Next urban life showcase: the Spanish steps.

the first view of them was this Egyptian obelisk that sits at the top, in front of the church that is the reason why the steps were built (to connect the church to the plaza below it). These Egyptian obelisks are all over Rome, and they were taken from Egypt when it was conquered by Rome- they wanted to say: in your face, Egypt.

4pm Tuesday- top looking down

around 9am Wednesday- bottom looking up

view of the stairs from the street

That night, I walked around with Dav and Stacy in search of the Coliseum. On the way, we happened upon the Forum-

it was pretty amazing. On Thursday, we went to the Mercati di Triano- an old roman market turned into a museum. It gave some really nice views of the forum. Here it is during the day:

One of my favorite places in Rome was the Trevi Fountain, even with the constant crowd surrounding it. You can hear the fountain before you see it. Betsy threw some coins in- the tradition goes: one to come back to Rome, one to find love, and one to get married.

Between here and the Piazza Nuovo, guess what we happened to run into?

There was live classical music playing in there- it was pretty amazing.

We saw a few modern buildings in Rome. My favorite was the Parco de la Musica by Renzo Piano:

and the Maxxi Museum by Zaha Hadid:

My favorite part of Rome wasn’t on the tour. Betsy and I heard the Jewish Ghetto was cool so we got a bunch of people to go there with us for dinner, and it was so awesome- it’s a really small part of Rome, with buildings and restaurants right next to ancient ruins. Get the fried artichoke, and sit outside if the weather is nice.

Leaving Rome: the fascist train station is actually pretty nice.

I have to go now but still have a lot to write about- will finish this post soon! Avete pazienza!