THE DIARY OF A WANNA-BE GLADIATOR
31 May 2012 @ 12:31 PM

31.05.2012

This morning was the earliest start of our entire trip so far. We met at the Galleria di Borghese at 8:30 a.m., which meant that I was out of bed at 6:30. Despite the early wake-up call, I was completely enthralled by the Gallery and its contents.

Our tour began with a brief history of Caravaggio, an artist with whom, until today, I had been unfamiliar with. His pieces, however, were pure genius. My favorite was his Madonna dei Palafrenieri, for which Caravaggio used a prostitute as his model for the Virgin Mary. I love what this says about society, and about the concept of redemption.

I was most enraptured with (of course) Bernini. Each of his four commissions for the Borghese family was based on mythology, which is another one of my passions, and so I was already familiar with the “plots” of his works. Bernini focused much of his efforts on capturing the intensity of both the physical and emotional heights of David (David and Goliath), Apollo and Daphne, Pluto and Persephone and Aeneas, Anchises and Ascanius/Iulus. His technique for Apollo and Daphne was particularly impressive, as the leaves sprouting from Daphne’s fingers, although made of marble, looked thin and fragile enough to actually blow in the wind. 

Ultimately, the Borghese Gallery was exceptional!

1 year ago
28 May 2012 @ 11:42 AM
26.05.2012
This morning we arrived in Florence for the gelato festival! Our first stop was an open-air market, where I bought a leather jacket. Then we waited in line to get into the Galleria di Accademia, which is home to Michelangelo’s David. I wasn’t expecting the size of the David to be so extreme; while I knew that the statue was larger than life-size, I didn’t think that it would be twenty feet tall! The overall grandeur and majesty of the statue was just so impressive!
After the Gallery, we trekked to the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge across the Arno River with a beautiful view. I then left Danielle, Julie and our friend Perry, with whom I had spent the beginning of the day with, to eat gelato and meet up with Sora, my roommate from this past year, and her friends Hannah and Nana. The four of us had dinner at an Americanized restaurant, where I ate chicken nuggets and French fries!
After dinner, I went back to Sora, Hannah and Nana’s hotel with them, to siesta before going out. The club that we went to is called Space, and it was actually the club that the cast of the Jersey Shore went to while they were in Florence! The night was a total blast; I love to dance, and the DJ at Space did not disappoint! It was an awesome end to a fantastic day.

26.05.2012

This morning we arrived in Florence for the gelato festival! Our first stop was an open-air market, where I bought a leather jacket. Then we waited in line to get into the Galleria di Accademia, which is home to Michelangelo’s David. I wasn’t expecting the size of the David to be so extreme; while I knew that the statue was larger than life-size, I didn’t think that it would be twenty feet tall! The overall grandeur and majesty of the statue was just so impressive!

After the Gallery, we trekked to the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge across the Arno River with a beautiful view. I then left Danielle, Julie and our friend Perry, with whom I had spent the beginning of the day with, to eat gelato and meet up with Sora, my roommate from this past year, and her friends Hannah and Nana. The four of us had dinner at an Americanized restaurant, where I ate chicken nuggets and French fries!

After dinner, I went back to Sora, Hannah and Nana’s hotel with them, to siesta before going out. The club that we went to is called Space, and it was actually the club that the cast of the Jersey Shore went to while they were in Florence! The night was a total blast; I love to dance, and the DJ at Space did not disappoint! It was an awesome end to a fantastic day.

1 year ago