Rome, October 2018
Rome leaves a very ambivalent impression of itself. On the one hand it is a classical Europe, on the other hand it is as if it were not. I will try to explain what I mean.
Take architecture, for example. In Rome there's anything and for every taste: neoclassic, renaissance, gothic, baroque.
But you have to put your head down and we see piles of garbage. Everywhere.
Or transportation. You could take a ride on a cute thing like this.
But you'd have to wait an hour or an hour and a half for a tram or bus because the schedules there are messed up. There aren't a lot of covered stops, some don't have signage with route schedules, and somewhere it's hard to tell it's a stop at all.
Yes. By the standards of Rome, it's a perfect stop.
And if they tell me why there are indoor stops there—they have sunshine all the time and no rain, I'll just show you this picture.
Classic landmarks like the Roman Forum...
The palace of Italian civilization...
The Mouth of Truth are certainly interesting, but it has't had the spirit of antiquity or antiquity for a long time. These places have all been turned into attractions and money-grubbing machines for tourists.
One of the really beautiful and atmospheric places is the non-Catholic cemetery on the south side of town.
It's ambiguous with museums, too. There's Macro, which has nothing at all to look at except one work. and there's MAXXII, which is really interesting. Here is the interior of MAXXII.
Splattered with real ink.
Das Schloss. You can walk around in a virtual reality helmet.
“This is real, right?”
More of the interesting stuff is former mental institution. The exhibit is short but atmospheric.
Unlike the Colosseum, which I found boring, St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican was, on the contrary, interesting.
Everyone of course pooh-poohed the dome of the Basilica, I went there too.
The inside of the Basilica is also beautiful.
But it's dudes like this that spoil the impression. In Rome, they try to bait you at every turn: skip the line, buy unnecessary shit, do this, do that.
More of interest, apartment of the Sovereign Order of Malta at Via Condotti, 68.
And also Villa Malta, through the keyhole you can see the territory of three states: the Order, the Vatican, and Italy.
Well, and a few photos with a claim to artistry.