We’ve had a wonderful week in Rome, looking after a pretty, light-filled apartment near the Vatican and two sweet, soft cats (Roodle and Kenji). The first time we visited Rome, in 2008, we crammed in all of the major tourist sites. (Take a look at Chris’s post and Melissa’s pictures of Ancient Rome, Later Rome, and the Vatican.) This time, we were content to revisit some of our favorite pieces of Renaissance art—works by Bernini, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Pinturicchio in the Galleria Borghese, the Vatican Museums, and various churches. We also saw a special exhibition about Italy’s best female Renaissance painter (and one of the best of either sex), Artemesia Gentileschi, and explored the Vatican neighborhood near our apartment, which was new to us. (We didn’t spot the Pope, though.)
Mostly we did what you’re supposed to do in Rome: wander the city and eat fabulous pasta and gelato. Few cities that we’ve seen are better for strolling than Rome is. It’s at once monumental (tall buildings, grand architecture, monuments from every era) and compact (a wealth of things to see within a few-mile radius). You never know, when you turn a corner, what you’re going to encounter. Here are some scenes from our strolls.