Yesterday was a welcome day of rest—some reading, some walking, and dinner with Henry Bender at Ristorante Polese (caprese salad, ragu pasta, and tiramisu).
Today we took the subway to EUR (Esposizione Universale di Roma, a fascist urban development on the southern side of the city) to see the Museo Della Civilta Romana. This is a really neat museum where nothing is actually ancient—it’s all plaster casts and reconstructions of various monuments, statues, and buildings. I especially enjoyed the 1:250 plastic model of Rome in 320 A.D., as well as the scale models of various buildings and pieces of military equipment.
After a lunch break, we went back to Palazzo Massimo for a good, but long, talk on portrait sculpture from Emory’s Eric Varner. I had already explored the museum, so after the talk I left and got a McDonald’s sundae (same as in the States; still a good spoon, but different) before coming back to the Centro.
For dinner, we had salad, eggplant, pesto pasta with mozzarella and tomatoes, green beans, fish sticks, and a flaky, custardy, peach dessert.