24.10.10 – Lets see, what to do in Rome on a Sunday? Ok, yeah, we went to the Vatican and saw someone, I don’t think it was the Pope, on the JumboTron from the main square. Can you tell I’m not Catholic? It was a beautiful morning and actually almost too warm if you can believe it. We stayed until some pipe organs cranked up and then it felt like time to leave.
Right outside of the main square on the main road that leads into the Vatican, we came across a parade full of small marching bands, dancers, majorettes and characters in religious period outfits. I’m still not sure if they were celebrating some Catholic holiday or if they did this every Sunday. Who knows, it seems like these Italians like to party.
Max was interested in going to the new MAXXI Museum because he had heard about it from Jaana. I think he was excited to go so he could tell her that he made it there. The MAXXI, or the National Museum of the XXI Century Arts, is billed as the city’s most ambitious contemporary art museums. I’m no art critic but I have to say I was not really enjoying the exhibits. There were a couple of cool installations, especially the huge skeleton at the entrance but there were very few pieces that grabbed my attention. The building, inside and out, is amazing however and well worth the visit.
We headed back to the hotel hungry and tired. We had a great lunch just across the street from the hotel and then Max and I retired to our room to recharge. We didn’t get out too much in the evening. I went out to get some great take out pizza and Kim came to hang out in our room. It was a relaxing evening.
- Zaha Hadid’s Maxxi was the right choice for the Stirling prize | Jonathan Glancey (guardian.co.uk)
- 36 Hours in Rome (nytimes.com)
- Schools and museums vie for prize (bbc.co.uk)