Rome, Italy Day 15

We enjoyed a great breakfast buffet of meats, cheeses, rolls, croissants,
yogurts, cereal, juices, coffee, and tea.

We took a taxi to the Borghese Gallery where we had morning reservations.
Steves describes the Borghese as “Europe’s most sumptuous art experience.”

We signed up for a live tour guide and she was excellent. I was particularly
moved by the works of Bernini, especially the sculpture Apollo and Daphne.
Every side one looks at, one has a different perception of what is happening
and it is only after walking around the whole sculpture that the story is revealed.

Throughout our time in Rome I was impressed with Bernini who was a skilled
genius with a sense of humor. To be so close to his work was to be close to
something truly special.

In the afternoon we met our Ancient City Rome walking tour, pre-arranged through
Roman Odyssey. Our guide was Morgan and she did an excellent job walking us
all over the ancient center and filling us with lots of history and information
for over three hours. On the tour was a couple we’d met on the Florence walking
tour and afterwards we enjoyed a happy dinner with them at Il Fico near Piazza
Navona.

We noticed how extremely crowded Piazza Navona was and learned it was especially
festive due to All Saint’s Day. Lots of street music, artists, flirting,
and outdoor dining, right alongside Bernini’s Four Rivers Fountain.

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