The other day, we cashed in on the ‘patrimony’ of the European Heritage days and strolled to Villa Medici. With only a contribution of only 1€ per person, Roberta, one of the guides, took us on an interesting tour of the gardens and some rooms.

But….{and there is a but}, the tour was in Italian!

Do I understand Italian? Do I speak the highly emotional language?

Be the judge.

Enjoy,

Java

interior facade of the villa viewed from within the gardens

interior facade of the villa viewed from within the gardens

In 1562, the Church had a new cardinal, Ferdinando de’Medici, aged 13. Then Church and state were tightly woven together and the papacy was seen as one more political appointment. Unfortunately, some people, within and outside the Church, still see this Holy office of the Vicar of Christ as such.

Then comes 1576. the 27-year old cardinal purchased this villa. He was a collector and sponsor and … a man who prayed. We saw his apartments and his room of prayer. The former are now in use as accommodation for the directors and students of the academy. Sorry – no photographs allowed there!

delightful water fountain

delightful water fountain

There are many fountains like this all over the city with potable drinking water for all. And I cannot help it – I hope that soon this will be a reality in Nigeria, beginning from Lagos.

Java and Assina

Java and Assina

Assina, my congolese friend who speaks 4? languages. Let us count – Lingala, Kiswahili, French, Spanish, Italian, English – 6! She was my personal guide during the tour.

Minerva with Roman symbols

Minerva with Roman symbols

This statue was a gift to the villa. The two wolves on her head was added to make her more romanlike.

Gardens as viewed from within the Villa

Gardens as viewed from within the Villa

I just read a fictional story of some people who did not know that the colour ‘green’ existed. What a shame!

Depiction of a Greek myth

Depiction of a Greek myth

This depiction of a greek myth was done by an artist {probably Zucchi. I’m not sure what I heard from Roberta and Assina}. The artist didn’t want to see the adjoining wall so the plants behind the statue were allowed to grow without trimming.

The gods were angry with men … and so on. Luckily, we have a loving Father – God in Heaven – who awaits our return every time we upset Him.

View of Rome

View of Rome

Louis XIV?

Louis XVII

Grid{ed} garden

Grid{ed} garden

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Italian? French? … The universal language!

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      • Depends on the person then, maybe.

        Was in Madrid and Rome for about the same amount of time last year, and I picked up more Italian than Spanish, just by walking on the streets looking for wifi spots 🙂

        English is hardest however, thanks to it’s Germanic structure.

    • Hey. How about eating ‘al diente’ sphaghetti in Italy and fries in France?
      When we come in contact with people, we naturally want to know them better; knowing their language is one way to go

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