On Wednesday, June 24, our first day back to Rome, we visited Villa Borghese, wandering through the vast property and enjoying the beautiful day. We then headed to the famous Spanish Steps, which have been featured in movies such as Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn. To round out the afternoon, we went to the National Gallery of Antique Art in the Palazzo Barberini, home to a number of important artworks such as Caravaggio’s Narcissus and Judith Beheading Holofernes.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese


Villa d'Este

Thursday was dedicated to the beautiful nearby city of Tivoli, where we spent the entire day at the Villa d’Este (a 16th century Renaissance villa and garden) and the Villa Adriana (an ancient archaeological site that used to be Roman Emperor Hadrian’s retreat). The weather was absolutely delightful, and we got to spend the day outdoors exploring beautiful gardens and fountains.

Friday was the last full day in Rome for many of our participants. We started off the day with a tour of the Jewish Ghetto, learning about the history of the Jews in Rome. As part of the tour, we visited the Great Synagogue and the attached museum.

Rabbi Paperno, who had graciously hosted us for dinner in Naples, invited us to his synagogue in Rome for Shabbat dinner, while BaGhetto once again provided Shabbat lunch for us.

On Sunday, the remaining few people in our group hurried around Rome trying to catch a few last things, such as the Galleria Spada, Museo Nazionale Romano at the Palazzo Altemps, and the Galleria Doria Pamphilj.

Galleria Spada

Galleria Spada

And then, it was time to return to New York and our regular lives after this unforgettable trip of a lifetime.

 

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