We spent most of our morning at the Borghese Gallery, built by Cardinal Borghese to house both himself and his amazing art collection. The collection includes works by Bernini, Canova and Caravaggio among others. Unfortunately, it’s a no-photo zone; even handbags have to be checked before you go in. My favorite works in the collection include Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, David and the Rape of Persephone. Canova’s sculpture of Pauline, the sister of Napoleon Buonaparte, is exquisite. Caravaggio’s David and Goliath starring the artist as the face of Goliath is in typical Baroque style.
From there, several of us stopped at the Pantheon.
The interior of the Pantheon is a perfect circle. The top of the dome is as high as the building is across.
Across the square from the Pantheon is Tazza d’Oro, home of a coffee slush that could keep you awake for several days, and some of the world’s best coffee beans!
Then, I enjoyed lunch with some of my fellow tour group members before enjoying gelato on our last day in Rome. Another advantage of winter travel? Your gelato does not melt all over the place!
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