|The courtyard of Villa Giulia.|
|Colonnade. Each panel features some different Greek god.|
I geeked out at the museum with my Italian dictionary in one hand and my little spiral bound notebook in the other hand. There were sooooooo many artifacts there it was a little overwhelming, even though we had plenty of time to browse. Amongst the highlights were original Etruscan and Phoenician inscriptions on gold leaf, many many fascinating Greek vases, beautiful jewelry from almost every era of Italian history, and a typical Etruscan terra cotta sarcophagus.
|Famous terra cotta sarcophagus.|
|Fountain in the gardens of Villa Giulia.|
|Temple in the gardens of Villa Giulia.|
We went home to change and then met up again for a delicious but inexpensive dinner in Trastevere. Then we climbed the Janiculan Hill, the highest point in Rome, stopping at the top to talk and enjoy the view of the city. Finally, we returned home by way of Vatican City. There wasn't actually much to see at that time of night since the gates were closed, but Léa pointed out that the pope makes an address in St. Peter's Square almost every Sunday at noon. I think I'll try to go one Sunday soon. I also realized that I hadn't actually been to St. Peters during my three months here. I'll need to remedy that soon. Maybe a tour of Roman churches can be my next adventure.