Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ancient Rome on a rainy day

What to do on a rainy Saturday in Rome? Go to a museum, of course. Especially since today is the first day of Italy's Settimana della Cultura — Culture Week. This being Italy, culture week is actually 9 days long. After all, why not extend a good thing for as long as possible?!
What's great about Culture Week is that entry to almost all national museums, monuments and other important sites is free. This can mean significant savings, for families and for down-at-heel writers like me.

So, off I went today to visit the National Museum of Rome Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. I especially love the frescoes including those in the above photo. These frescoes, which date from the 1st century AD, were taken from the Villa of Livia Drusilla, the third wife of Augustus.