This beautiful sarcophagus is one of my favorite pieces of art from the ancient world. This “Sarcophagus of the Spouses” is Etruscan – the region northwest of present day Rome, roughly equivalent to Tuscany – and is from the 6th Century BC.
The churches of Rome house a considerable part of the priceless art collection that draws visitors from around the globe.
Forget stuffy archaeology! How about a 2000 year-old mosaic of someone’s favorite mules: Tipsy, Modest, Lame, and Dainty? I am not making this up.
Every traveler we know has a Bucket List, and that list will most likely include the fascinating city of Rome, Italy. Ours did. And we’ve loved all the weeks we’ve spent in Rome over the years, wandering the ancient streets, exploring the ruins and trying to envision the lives of early Romans.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Florence. It’s actually our second trip here. We first visited many years ago when we lived in London, and had grown weary of the hustle and bustle of big cities.
Florence, the epicenter for the Italian Renaissance, is absolutely chock-a-block with masterpieces. Paintings and sculptures dominate the list, but sculptor and goldsmith Lorenzo Ghiberti used a slightly different medium … doors.
Florence’s cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo, is the city’s most recognizable building. Its famous dome, built by Brunelleschi, made a radical departure from the Gothic Style, and is recognized as the beginning of Renaissance Architecture.