Although it’s hard now, after the fact, to think back and record what I did everyday and while it seems like many of these days have generic descriptions, I can assure you that my entire last month was a mad dash to complete my project and squeeze out every last experience I could from Rome. That being said, Sunday was mostly a work day, and Monday was a typical day with our last Roman Construction lecture, yoga during the lunch break, and studio in the afternoon. On Tuesday we had our final day trip of the year, the one that had to be rescheduled due to unusual snowfall earlier in the
semester. We first went to Villa Lante in Bagnaia, followed by Villa Farnese at Caprarola. The first villa is known for splitting the residential building into two houses and the latter for its pentagonal shape, resolved with a circular courtyard. Both have interesting gardens and fantastical fountains. For our Roman Construction site visit on Wednesday we went to the Oratorio dei Filippini, designed by Borromini and the Pantheon. On Thursday we were painting Borromini’s unique spire of Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza for our watercolor class.
That Friday we had our final review for our Garden and Villa class. I spent my lunch break with my friend Jarod and our friend from school, Bart, who is studying at St. Andrew’s in Scotland for the semester. I made it back in time for studio. That evening I picked Juliette, my roommate who is Dublin this semester (the one I met in Munich), up at the train station and brought her back to the RGG where Bart and Jarod joined us, and we Facetimed our friends back on campus. That night we hung out at a local art cafe before calling it a night.
Saturday morning Jarod and I went on a bike tour on the Appian Way while Juliette and Bart visited St. Peter’s. After our morning adventures we all met up for lunch at Pastificio, then got gelato at La Romana and relaxed in the Borghese Gardens. For dinner that night we went to the MoMart aperitivo and that night we said goodbye to Bart, who flew back to Scotland early the next morning. On Sunday I walked around with Juliette a little in the morning before saying goodbye, and I spent the rest of the day working in studio.