08 October 2011

Roma

Walked down the Spanish Steps to Piazza di Spagna from the church (la chiesa) Trinità dei Monti up top.

No squalling

Detail of painting in the Trinità dei Monti

Sigh

Your typical Roman Legionnare has adopted a much
more relaxed approach to empire building these days.

Wall of the Villa Barberini

The following four statues made up the corners of a monument.




The Hebrew on the scroll translates as:
"Caution - you are about to pay five dollars for a tiny bottle of soft drink."

At dinner time, musicians roam through restaurants amongst the diners, along with folk selling scarves, wooden carvings, baubles and bangles. Even now, at 10pm, with the window open on the seventh floor of my hotel, the sounds of the piano accordion are making their way through the open window.

We are staying very close to the Termini Train Station, but we only had to wander about three blocks away from the row of hotels, past the falafel shops, to find a restaurant mostly lacking in tourists. The best thing about Trattoria Giovanni was the local just playing guitar to his friends as they ate. The owner, who was actually called Valentino, also took a turn on the the guitar, knocking out Knocking on Heaven's Door.

Unlike the vagabond players, they were not passing around the hat for Euros. When a Neopolitan wandered by and asked for a regional folk song, they all joined in. This made it easy to ignore the guy who eventually wandered in to play (badly) the theme from The Godfather on the piano accordion.



I don't know much about art, but the painting below, also in Trinità dei Monti, has awesome symmetry.










5 comments:

Wojtek said...

Regarding the fourth statue guy holding the tablet : are those horns sprouting from his head?

Alf said...

That was my impression. I will have to work out what it was to confirm.

Wojtek said...

Actually, I reckon it's a halo, the divine light reflecting off his crown.

Alf said...

In your case, I think angels see angels everywhere :)

I found the following:

"The statues on the base of the column depict Moses (made by Ignazio Jacometti), David (by Adamo Tadolini), Ezekiel (by carlo Chelli) and Isaiah (Salvatore Revelli)."

I think you are right.

Wojt said...

Thanks for your kind words, senor.