Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rome Everyday

Well, that's it, 30 days - with a bit of cheating to hit the every-day target.  Hope you've enjoyed the random spin through my life here in Italy. And now I'm off to celebrate by ... leaving Italy. Just for the weekend of course.

Ciao, ciao!

(Photo from my recent trip to Florence)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rome Everyday

Beautiful walk to work this morning - beyond freezing, but very, very beautiful.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Rome Everyday


Since most of my visitors don't just hang around the Embassy neighborhood all day, here's another pizza recommendation you can try just about anywhere in Rome (as you can tell from the map below). I highly recommend a simple pizza margherita here - they make it somehow fresher and more flavor packed than any other pizzeria.  Another bonus is that they sell pizza 'al taglio' meaning you can choose whatever size you want from any of the types available - and mix and match if you've got a big enough appetite.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Rome Everyday

More recommendations. This time for pizza - my favorite also happens to be the most convenient on a workday.  It may not look fancy but they make the best "diavolo" I've tasted in Italy so far. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Rome Everyday

Ok - it's after Thanksgiving, so what better time for leftovers?

From the Palazzo Barberini again - a couple stragglers that deserved their own post: Little Dogs of the Barberini collection

Well, they seem nice.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Rome Everyday

This weekend I saw Palazzo Barberini - a great museum that would be a very big deal back home for it's collection of crazy famous artists.  Here it's more of an 'off the beaten path, if you run out of other things to do' - type of museum. But it's that much more enjoyable for the lack of crowd!

One of the Barberini family? He certainly found someone better than the Medici's to do thebust...

La Fornarina - by Raphael, one of the museum's most famous pieces

Henry the VIII! Even I, the non-history buff recognized this one. (By Hans Holbein)

Forgive the photo quality but this is a close-up of a piece by El Greco. I had to wait for 15 minutes (I swear) for this old German couple to move so I could see it. It was worth it.

Beatrice Cenci, by Guido Reni - I think she gives the girl with the pearl earring a run for her money

And of course, a Caravaggio - in this case, one of history's favorite themes: beheading. (There were more Caravaggio's but I only pick the best for my faithful readers.)

Judith - "This is disconcerting. Why is there so much blood?"
Judith's grandma - "Give it to him good!"

And just to wrap things up, a Bernini (not to be confused with Barberini) statue featuring the Barberini family signs - bees, keys, and the papal crown. ... and sea creatures just for added effect