This summer break I was very lucky to get the chance to go to Italy with some classmates and professors. I was unsure which individual artwork to pick for this week, so I wanted to talk a bit about my experience of and reaction to Italy! We went to Rome, Siena, Florence, and Venice. In these cities, we were able to see many artists and many architectural settings.
My favorites cities were Rome and Florence. Rome was particularly interesting because the culture was engraved with it’s ancestral past. Everywhere we went you could see references to the ancient Roman past, and at the same time you see references to it’s modern time. Both these time periods are embedded into one another, and it creates a beautiful and rich environment. My favorite place in Rome was, of course, the Vatican and the Colosseum. I enjoyed the Vatican because it had Rafaello’s frescoes, the Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo’s Pieta.
Also, Florence was AMAZING for me because it was filled with artworks from the Italian Renaissance era. The Uffizi Gallery was one of the best museums ever (in my opinion)!!! It was very exciting to finally see works of art that you study for a long time. It was amazing to see Botticelli and Filippo Lippi’s artworks. I also enjoyed going to the Medici family Palace, San Lorenzo, and the Duomo di Firenze.
Everything about these cities was highly extravagant, but in a good way. Mostly the architecture was so rich. Even just walking down the roads of these cities you could feel a connection to the past environment.