Rome’s Gift

Galleria Borghese in Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy. Photo credit: Istockphoto, Photographer: Goran Bogicevic

My last post was, well, supposed to be just that, the last post of this journey to Italy. But, there was one more story to tell. I am writing this at 5 am, street sweepers and commuters waking up Rome, with just several hours before we leave for home.

We knew it would take a miracle to get in. To no avail, numerous people had tried to acquire tickets for us to see the Villa Borghese, a gallery housing four of the world’s most precious sculptures by Bernini, among many other famous works of art.

Here is a link to Wikipedia page about the Gallery Borghese Scroll down to: Gian Lorenzo Bernini at the Borghese.

With a small measure of hope, we headed to the gallery on a rainy Sunday morning. Upon our arrival, at every turn signs were posted that no tickets were available until after we departed Rome. Just the same, Jan approached the ticket booth with a broad smile and in Italian explained how hard we had tried to attain tickets. And finally, “Mi scusi, è possibile ottenere due biglietti”? Without hesitation, the woman returned Jan’s sweet smile and handed her two complimentary tickets. Stunned, with grazies on our lips and tears in our eyes, we rushed to enter the gallery.

But these were not the only tears I shed yesterday. The magnificence of the work I saw humbled me to the core. Now, if only in some very small measure, the gifts bestowed on these great artists will inspire me to do the best work I can……..


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  1. Connie Fox

     /  October 25, 2012

    Michelle, I am glad you were able to “add” two more weeks to your trip! Isn’t Italy absolutely gorgeous……

  2. Connie,
    I’ve loved reading about your gorgeous art and of course your trip to Italy. I was lucky enough to visit Venice, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and Rome from the 12th – 24th of Sept. so coming back to see you are there and follow along made my trip seem extended and allowed me to see even more beautiful art from another perspective – thank you!!

  3. Connie Fox

     /  October 5, 2012

    Sharon, it was so nice having you along for the trip, so to speak. I am thinking of contacting Rick Steves to set up jewerly tours in Europe (just kidding). See you in a couple of weeks!

  4. Sharon Todd

     /  October 3, 2012

    Thank you for taking us to Tuscany and Rome with you! I have thoroughly enjoyed your artistic observations and life reflections as you traveled though one of my favorite countries.
    I was particularly excited about your visit to Alchemia. What a great experience that must be.

  5. Connie Fox

     /  October 3, 2012

    Natalie, thank you for your good wishes. I did make it home safely, although it was one long trip. I know you have been through similar travels and even longer. I enjoyed every minute of writing the blog and I am glad you liked it. Before I left I wasn’t sure I would write one post! I hope all is well with you and that wonderful guy of yours.
    Hugs back,


     /  October 3, 2012

    Dear dear Connie: What wonderful posts of your travels, perhaps your next assignment will be writing, maybe fiction it is so much better sometimes than real life.
    We welcome your safe return home.
    Hugs Natalie

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