Yesterday, there was a bus strike in Italy (when we asked why, we were told, " because they want to show that they have power!") meh!?
So we went to the cab stop (you cannot just hail a cab in Rome - you have to go to a cab stop and take the first cab in line.....rules, doncha know!!) and got a cab to take us to the Etruscan Museum in Villa Giulia (Named after Julius III who was an insanely rich pope who bought the villa) The museum is housed in this villa and is a-maz-ing!!!! I am interested in the Etruscan culture because my mother's father is from Bolsena, the old Volsenii, an Etruscan town near Tarquinia, conquered and razed by the Romans. This branch of my family tree is very proud of their Etruscan heritage and therefore, so am I!! The museum has 3 floors filled with Etruscan history and artifacts.....and (here's the bad girl part!!!) no photos allowed!!
There were custodians on every floor, but I was able to get between cases and snap a few with my iphone cam!
Bad, bad Linda!
|Add old map showing Lago di Bolsena in relation to Tarquinia, Orvieto and Rome|
|Various pots, amphoras and urns found in burial sites|
|Statues and busts (note the 2 faced guy and the children) found in burial sites|
|This is the famous "Sarcofago degli Sposi" or Sarcaphagus of the Spouses - evidently death could not part them! :-)|
Of course, Pat being Pat, we HAD to check out the Piazza del Popolo!So we took our lives in our hands and crossed two streets to the Piazza. Lovely Piazza with S. Maria del Popolo just on the left as you enter.
|It was not open, but this is the central door depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ.|
|A beautiful pomegranate tree on the way to the tram!|
ciao cari amici!