Scuola—secondo giorno

The school does not allow use of smartphones inside the school so I won’t have photos from the classrooms. I took a photo of the main staircase, which has four sections (there’s a name for the sections but I can’t think what it is—a flight is for a different floor, isn’t it?) The ceiling on the ground level is very high. If it’s like Naples, it’s built to allow for horses pulling a carriage into the main doors. The building has an inner courtyard, as do most buildings here, to allow natural light into the inner rooms.

My language instructor, Romain, said the building used to be a bank for the Vatican. That probably explains why its so big.

Fresh vegetables have been a bit light in my diet recently so lunch at L’Insalate Ricca seemed like a good idea.

It keeps raining off and on, usually not hard, but the humidity must be high. My hair is a frizz-fest.

Some gelato from Frigidarium, good to sustain the energy for studying.

Nocciola, cioccolata, fior di latte

In the early evening, I visited Sant’Agnes in Agone on Piazza Navona.

Designed by Borromini, which is more obvious from the exterior, it appears to move as the eye shifts among the concave and convex elements. The bell towers were not part of his design but added later.

The sunny exterior photos were taken on Sunday before the rainy weather set in.

The interior plans were altered by the architect who took over the building from Borromini. He removed what could be called the more fanciful features. The interior is a central plan with an entablature all straight lines with concave spaces supplied by the altars and no convex elements. It’s less innovation than the exterior. It’s also heavily decorated in high Baroque style and looks over the top compared to the restraint in colour and decoration of San Carlino and Sant Ivo.

The altar of Saint Cecilia some say had Bernini involved in the design. The information in the church makes no mention of Bernini.

Borromini also designed the sacristy of this church but I didn’t see a public entrance.

The school’s after class event today is called tandem because we meet up with other classes to talk Italian. We headed to a bar where a large glass of wine was 5 Euros. Inexpensive because I discovered there’s lots of young undergrad-aged people in the other classes. They sequestered themselves in one corner of the bar and left us older students in another corner. They seemed to have more in mind than practising their Italian given their great efforts not to sit with us older folks.

The decor of the bar was very graffiti/street art themed.

All Italian bars serve bites of food at no extra charge since Italians think drinks should always be accompanied by food. We got pizza, sandwiches, dips and tortilla chips, breads, and pate. By the time we were ready to leave, I had more than enough to constitute dinner.

Back at the appartamento, I’m having a better glass of wine.

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