|Poussin's Rape of the Sabines|
Palazzo Parisi in the Sabine Hills
- an antique land with Roman remains.
The Palazzo Parisi was once a Roman fort and still has its dungeons. The family house of Arabella Lennox-Boyd [see my Gresgarth Hall blog entry of May 2, 2012 ]. Praised by Virgil, Sabine olive oil, as produced here, is excellent!
|Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza by Borromini once opened|
on Sunday morning - now only on a Wednesday
so I was unable to revisit its amazing interior
|Crochet ears covers to keep flies away|
The Convent of Trinità dei Monti at the top of the Spanish Steps, founded in the late 15th century by the French Minimes. In 1798, when as a result of the French Revolution, the convent was devastated and became studios of the French Academy - Villa Medici - where Ingres lived and worked. In 1828, the Pope intervened and the Sacré-Coeur order opened a school. The Trompe L'Oeil room of ruins [see my Curiosity blog entry of July 16, 2012] is firmly closed for restorations to take place.
Happily there are charming wall paintings of the walls of the Refectory - paint on the walls
NOT frescoes [which are wet and absorbed by the plaster] the former are more difficult to restore.
BUT the great surprise is a corridor which is an enchanting 16th Century sun dial, more correctly, a Catoptric dia by Pierre Maignan.
The highest hill of Rome, known as Mons Vaticanus, now called Monte Mario - The disease has spread!
[see Pont de l’Archevêché my Paris Part II blog entry of January 26, 2012] - t.