An artist’s city 美術家の都市

Art is everywhere in Rome.  Certainly, when talking about art, one cannot forget the amazing architecture but, for the purposes of this post, I’m speaking primarily of sculpture.  From the bold statements of the famous Trevi fountain or the  Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, to the less ostentatious drinking fountains (fontanella) seen all over the city, I’ve not been to a city that has more publicly displayed art as Rome.


Of course, you can certainly get your fair share of art in the various galleries and museums throughout the city.  The big three are most certainly the Capitoline museum, the Vatican museum and, not to be missed, the Borghese gallery.  As with most museums I’ve been to in Europe, these are places one needs to return to in order to fully appreciate what’s on offer, especially the really large museums.  It took me 4.5 hours to go through the Vatican museums and still, I didn’t see everything I wanted to.  But at some point, you just end up saying, “enough”.  The Borghese gallery is a private operation and you must book time in advance as they only allow a certain number of people in at a time, limited to a two-hour block.


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