On Christmas Eve Amy and I executed one of the most exciting ventures of our Roman holiday: a trip to the Galleria Borghese, which I had been salivating to see ever since Art Appreciation 102, and attend Christmas Mass at St. Peter’s in Vatican City. Yes. A large undertaking for one day, and it was planned down to the last detail.
The Borghese is without question in my top three of things to see and do in Rome. It contains not only paintings from Italy’s finest Renaissance and Baroque masters, but also sculptures by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, my favorite artist. So, as you can image, I was peeing my pants, while Amy was as calm and unnervingly tranquil as ever.
Here begin the pictures of Bernini’s sculptures. I want you to scroll reverently, Gentle Reader. Reverently.
The man was a genius. End point. After we circled the gallery twice we sadly left and walked through the Borghese gardens for a while to absorb the miracle that took place.
Here is the invitation that Aunt Makiko’s friend’s priest secured us for mass. I might gold plate mine and hang it above the mantle at home.Mass was fantastic. We met a lot of Argentinian people and enjoyed our time in the company of the Papa. Amy and I returned home with huge smiles on our faces, ready for Christmas Day.
Thanks for reading,
Kate and Amy, SL
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