I went on a field trip to Rome two weekends ago with the art history teacher, Helen. We packed a lot into one weekend and got to see a lot of history. We checked in our luggage at the train station (which took forever because we couldn’t find where to do that) and went to the church of S. Maria degli Angeli, which is built into the ruins of the Baths of Diocletian.
We then walked through Piazza Republica and saw the Aqua Felice, or Moses fountain, the first of the great fountains put up in Rome since antiquity.
Everything was beautifully decorated for Christmas.
We got our bags from the train station and took a bus to our hotel, which was really nice! The next day, Saturday, we had a huge continental breakfast.
We headed to Palazzo Spada, where there is a perspective gallery by Borromini. Upstairs there is more art. Yay!
We crossed the Tiber on the first bridge built since antiquity.
We went to the basilica of S Maria in Trastevere, which has beautiful mosaics.
We then went to S Francesco a Ripa to see Bernini’s Death of the Blessed Ludovica Albertoni sculpture.
We then went to the Vatican! We did the museums first, viewing Raphael’s Transfiguration in the Pinacoteca.
We walked through a hall of maps.
There was also some more modern art.
We then went to the Sistine Chapel! Pictures are not allowed, so I had to sneak one of the famous fresco by Michelangelo.
We then saw the church of S Maria del Popolo with important works by Caravaggio.
We walked by the Spanish steps and to the church of S Maria della Vittoria, which houses Bernini’s The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. We got to meet a priest and go in some of the back rooms because Helen hooked us up.
We then went to a church designed by Borromini, Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza. It has a beautiful spiral tower.
We then saw S Maria sopra Minerva.
We then walked along the road of the imperial forums, overlooking some amazing ruins.
Next we visited the church of S Pietro in Vincoli, which houses a statue of Moses by Michelangelo and St Peter’s chains.
All that before 11 in the morning! Finally, we went in the Colosseum! It was even crowded with tourists in the off season, so I can’t imagine going in the summer. Nevertheless, it was amazing!
Then we had a quick lunch break for pizza. Fun fact: the Fanta here is light orange and tastes like it actually has orange juice in it, rather than just mystery chemicals like in America. Lunch took longer than we planned, so we ate quickly and ran back to meet Helen.
We met at the Arch of Constantine, which was built in 315 AD. Then we visited the Roman Forum, which was beautiful!
We then went to the church of St Ignazio.
Then we went to the Trevi Fountain, which had just had its scaffolding and fences removed from cleaning. We through some coins in the fountain for a return trip to Rome. Fun fact: the water in the fountain is supposed to be good drinking water.
We then went to the church of S Luigi dei Francesci, which has more paintings by Caravaggio. We also went to the church of Sant’Agostino which has a Caravaggio and a Raphael. It also has a Madonna statue that is considered miraculous.
We were then treated to some very good gelato as an end to the trip. We picked up our bags from the hotel luggage room and rode several buses to get back to the train station in time to catch our 6:35 pm train. We barely made it, and got back to Florence at 8. It was an exhausting trip, but a lot more fun and not quite as hectic as I expected.