Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Ancient & Modern

Today was all about Market to Table where our lovely communally cooked lunch lasted well into the afternoon.

After freshening up back at the apartment we headed out into the city once more.

 The light is particularly lovely at this time of day.

As the sun set we made our way to the Barbie exhibition at Il Vittoriano.

The exhibition charts the history of this global icon and reflects the cultural transformations of society since 1959 when Barbie was 'born' Children would also enjoy visiting as there is a special area of engaging activities especially for them. Our little grandaughter would love it!

Time for aperitivo and the rooftop bar at the Hotel Forum beckons. The drinks aren't cheap here but the view of the illuminated Imperial Forums is hard to beat. The barman, who has been there for 12 years mixes a mean cocktail too.

We are heading down into the Forum ourselves for a night tour which includes the. recently opened Santa Maria Antiqua, one of the earliest Christian monuments in Rome with a unique collection of Byzantine wall paintings.
Unfortunately I managed to somehow book the tour in Italian (!) but we have visited the Forum several times before and we managed to grasp some of what the guide was saying.

It was an absolute joy to walk among the ruins with no crowds and in the cool night air. The illuminated monuments were amazing.

Santa Marai Antiqua had notice boards in English so we could follow the guide there.
Actually it is good practice for our tour tomorrow which is only offered in Italian - watch this space!

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