One hour in Rome: People say curves are the hardest part to draw; nevertheless, drawing Borromini Baroque forms is like a party to my Lamy 🙂
Returning from Salerno, I stopped 3 hours in Naples and other 3 hours Rome, like that I was able to add some more emotion to the trip (I must admit, though it was relaxing…)
Rome was special chaotic that day, due to the Roma Marathon; there were large queues at the airport and the biggest concentration of asics running shoes I ever seen!
A special red back pack was given to the runners, like this pair I had in front of me.
The Villa Adriana (at Tivoli, near Rome) is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian. I keep a special part of the Villa in my memory: The Canopus. Last time I visited the complex I stood there for hours, leisurely enjoying the atmosphere and drawing.
Although I must confess the trip to arrive there was an adventure: I went on bicycle form the Trastevere to Villa Adriana. “It is only 50km”, I thought. But the Via Tiburtina that connects Rome to Tivoli is not as “romantic” nor “bucolic” as the name recalls (at least for me!)
Chiesa de S. maria dell’Orto (sec. XVI). Facciata de Jacopo Barozzi – Il Vignola.
The Vicolo dell’Atleta (Alley of the Athlete) gets its name from the finding of a statue of an athlete there, around the middle of the 19th century. The statue, which is called Apoxyomonosand can be seen in the Vatican Museums.