…D.C. has nothing on this city

Ok, despite all the little inconveniences of living here, I kinda love certain things about this place called Rome. Specifically, the history. It’s a bit overwhelming sometimes that this city has so much history housed in such a small area of a little over a thousand kilometers.  Crap! Am I turning European with all this talk about kilometers?!?!

I traveled (inside!) to I Musei Capitolini today with one of my new classmates — another person from the Estati Uniti! The design of D.C.’s Capitol Hill was influenced by this place.

      I did not take many pics since I’ve visited this museum before. I am still amazed that these stone walls were original to one of the largest temples of the Capitoline Hills.  This little bit you can see, was about 1/32 of the actual building.  There was a model of the original building, but it was made of clear plastic and did not show up well in the photo. We were only able to see this, and several statues in this one museum since we spent the majority of our time viewing the special exhibit, Lux in Arcana. Lux is an exhibition of the secret, private collection of the Vatican — *&^%!!!! — and we spent most of our time ooohing and ahhing over this. I don’t know about you, but seeing documents that were written in the 800’s is pretty damn cool.  These historical artifacts have never been viewed  by the public, and it covers over 12 centuries of history starting at the 8th century.  Yes, the 8th century – and yes, we are currently in the 21st. That the paper is still intact, that the words are still legible – its truly amazing. We saw a transcript of a famous trial – it was a long scroll and reached the height of the ceiling. I would love to show you pics but I’d be in an Italian jail right now. In another section we saw Galileo’s signature within a book that he wrote, in another, we saw Bonaparte’s! GTFOH!!! There was even a section on Abraham Lincoln and how he attempted to secure the services of Guiseppe Girabaldi with regards to the Civil War. I don’t recall learning anything about that in school.  We were global before it became a buzz word. Here is the website for more info: http://www.luxinarcana.org.

Here is a pic of an elaborately carved sarcophagus. I’m really not in to recording death, but I find the intricate detail fascinating.

Anyway, this special exhibit and the regular museum is pretty dang amazing, and I’m going back again.

Ciao a tutti!

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