Yesterday we took a break from the wonder and beauty of Florence to visit Rome and experience a different pace of wonder and beauty. In Florence, though it was originally settled by the Etruscans, the majority of sites we visit are from the Medieval and Renaissance periods; in Rome our focus was on the ancient. We arrived in Rome and, after a short break at the St. Stephen's School, we headed out for the Palatine Hill and the Forum. Crispin Corrado, a Calder Classics teacher based in Rome, gave us a wonderful and in depth tour of the Forum, where the students got to see the physical manifestations of the myths and stories surrounding the founding of Rome, which they have been reading in Latin.
After the Forum we met Ida Panicelli, an engaging and well-known art critic, to have a tour of a contemporary art installation on the banks of the Tiber River. The enormous installation was created by the South African artist William Kentridge. Kentridge placed enormous cutouts on the embankments and essentially power-washed around them, leaving behind enormous, shadowy figures. The installation makes a highly complex commentary on contemporary issues, while referencing and intertwining ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and modern Rome and Roman culture and Ida's explanations and discussions were wonderful.
Afterwards we were ready to return to Florence, hot, tired and sated :)