Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Colosseum, Bernini, and Caravaggio!

Bernini's Pluto and Proserpina.

Caravaggio's David with the head of Goliath.

Today we began our first full day in Rome by heading off to the famous Colosseum. In it's hey day it would hold somewhere between 60 and 80 thousand spectators. The place is so immense it is hard to get the whole building in a single photo.

An exterior view of The Colosseum from just outside the Metro stop.

Inside The Colosseum.

If you could read this eye chart from a long distance,
you could become a Roman gladiator!

After our tour of the Colosseum, we walked over to the area of Roman ruins that holds the Forum, the palace, Circus Maximus, and the Senate. The Senate building itself was not all that large.

The final stop of the day was a visit to the Borghese Gallery and Museum. This small gallery and museum is a must see if ever visiting Rome. Just in the ninety minutes we were able to spend in the museum, I grew to have a new appreciation for the sculptures of Bernini and the paintings of Caravaggio.

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