|Photo: A panorama of the city of Rome, as viewed from Palatine Hill. Old stone buildings stand under dark clouds, with blue sky visible in the distance.|
Though we were part of a tour group, we chose to extend our trip by adding optional extension days to the front end of our vacation. As a result, our first day in Rome was fairly unscheduled, as it was the day the majority of the group was arriving in Italy. With hours to spare before meeting the rest of the travelers, we decided to walk toward the Capitoline Museums.
On our way, we walked past this massive building, the Victor Emmanuel Monument. A tour guide later told us that Italians have all sorts of nicknames for this building, including the typewriter, the dentures, and the wedding cake. Whatever it is called, it is certainly an impressive building. We did not go inside, but admired the exterior.
(Frustratingly, every time I try to add a descriptive caption to this photo, the photo gets moved in my post. I'm going to just add the caption in a text paragraph following any photo that gives me problems!) Photo: A room in the Capitoline Museum. Although the walls are covered in murals and busts, the ceiling is just as ornate, with many recessed panels with inlayed gold, and a huge white glass chandelier.
|Photo: Looking out a big, multiple-paned window in the Capitoline Museums, another building appears like a impressionist painting.|
Of course, I was also impressed with the contents of the museum. I love to see functional objects, which help me imagine what life must have been like (at least for the rich and famous, in the case of this chariot):
|Photo: A bronze-plated chariot, highly decorated with scenes of buildings and people|
|Photo: This bust, labeled "Lucilla" shows a woman with wavy black hair. Her dress is made of a tan-colored stone, and another, brown-striped stone makes a wrap over her dress.|
|Photo: A very large red silk and leather banner is displayed in a glass case. The banner depicts St. George slaying a dragon.|
|Photo: A view of the city from the Capitoline Museums. Several church domes are visible, as well as many roofs of old buildings.|