I finally got around to visiting Rome again, and this time I decided to walk a lot. I took the train mid-morning and got to the station at about 11am. I decided to not take a bus and walk towards the Isola Tiberina, which is an island in the middle of the Tiber river.
Of course, I had to let something guide me, that something being the Maps iPhone app. I swear, it made me lose so much time, because it made me take quite external routes, only to end up in the same place I would have reached more easily myself. Regardless, I explored some new places of the capital, where there were no tourists to be found, only old buildings.
Of course, every turn I made led me to an inclined road. That app led me to a knot of small streets, where there were literally no people. I reached a tiny street I had to take, only to notice that said street was blocked due to construction. On this day I acquired a new ability : finding new streets. Yes, while the voice from the app was trying to make me turn back and take that street, I completely ignored it and found my own way. So much independence.
I then finally reached the tiny island. The river is not known for being clean, but it was a very nice day, so even the water looked nice. The island hosts two hospitals and two churches, which I did not visit.
I then started making my way back towards the centre of the city and only stopped because I saw this statue on my way.
I finally reached the Doria Pamphilj Gallery, where I payed an €8 fee because I am under 26 years of age. The Gallery is located on Via del Corso and it is very easily reachable. Also, there is a free audio guide in more than two languages, if you want one. The building surrounds a tiny garden.
To reach the actual Gallery, one must first go up a couple flights of stairs, where you can find various busts and even the family coat of arms, since this building is still privately owned by the royal Doria Pamphilj family.
Firstly, I entered the Poussin room, which held a great number of landscapes, mainly works of Claude Lorraine. It was probably on of the most visually pleasing rooms in the Gallery, because of the contrast between the walls and the paintings.
Adjacent to this room, there is a smaller red room, which also holds some paintings and a huge mirror. Of course, I could not help myself and had to take some shameless mirror selfies.
Next up another small room, this time mainly yellow, which from what I gathered used to be the ballroom, was mainly empty, but the tapestry and lighting were amazing.
The Gallery also has a chapel, where the family saint is buried. There is no dome, but there is an optical illusion on the ceiling resembling one.
After this, I entered the real gallery, which is an ensemble of four corridors filled with paintings and some statues. I was excited to see some works by Raphael and some other artists I studied, like Titian, Caravaggio and Veronese.
My favourite part was the small hall of mirrors, which resembles the one in Versailles. It was so pretty I even published a picture on Instagram.
There were also smaller rooms which held a few paintings, where natural light was reduced.
There is also another huge room which holds three paintings by Caravaggio and one by Raphael. I was very excited when I saw that there was also a painting by Vasari, who, if you have ever studied the Renaissance period, always had a lot to say about every artist in Europe.
This museum trip was successful and I plan on going on a couple more before school starts in September, even if I have to go by myself. I hope you liked this post and thank you for reading.