Saturday schedule: Capitoline Museum, Roman Forum, various churches, a monk museum, and a nighttime Colosseum tour. If that dounds like more than can be done on a day, that’s because it is.
At the Capitoline Museum, we followed the written tour guide that Laura and I created for her mom’s birthday present. (It’s pretty good, if I may say so.) Looking over the crumbling ruins of the Forum, we decided to skip walking through. Instead, we had a great lunch at Angelino ai Fori with plenty of wine and – finally – a cheese plate. We love cheese. The outside seating area is entirely covered by a huge vine, creating a dappled light effect that is gorgeous – and a welcome respite from the sun. Looking back, I wish I had taken a photo, but you’ll have to be content with what Google can show you.
The menu included French fries and hamburgers, which would normally scare us away. But the food was actually quite good.
Later in the afternoon, we went to the monastery and museum of the Capuchin monks – Laura’s father’s only specific request. I’m so happy he asked for it, because it was extremely… Special. No photos allowed anywhere inside, but of course that’s just a suggestion. Right? Apparently, some monk was stuck in the crypt of this monastery for while and thought it would be fun to arrange the bones artistically. Not just in little mounds, no. He sorted the bones by type and created decorative architecture with them. Super creepy but strangely beautiful. Some of the skulls still had skin – one even had a nose!
After an illuminating tour of the Colosseum at night ( pun intended ), we stopped at a small wine bar we discovered just around the corner from our apartment. Both the wine and thefood were awesome. The menu was handwritten, as was our bill.
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