Welcome to 2015's A–Z Challenge. This year I'm taking you on a tour of one of my favourite cities!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Z – Zesty

The zesty photo that illustrates this final post was taken in the grounds of the Galleria Borghese (Borghese Museum and Gallery)in the magnificent gardens of Villa Borghese.

The exhibits are housed on several floors of the 17th century villa. Masterpieces tussle with each other, competing to outshine their rivals, they all offer the wow factor.

One floor is dedicated to sculpture and there are two pieces in particular that I will never forget. Pauline Bonaparte by Antonio Canova and the Rape of Proserpina by Bernini are simply exquisite. Photos can’t possibly do them justice – even if I were allowed to reproduce them. Throw in Caravaggio’s Boy With a Bucket of Fruit, and I suspect a visit here would satisfy the fussiest of art fanatic.

Since my visit I’ve often spotted exhibits from the collection on TV, in programmes about either the artists or Italian art in general.


And so that brings to a close my contribution to this year’s A–Z Challenge. I do hope you’ve enjoyed my tour of Rome.

Much of the content was based on a book I self-published earlier this year My Roman Holiday. I’m not suggesting you buy it, it’s a self-indulgent memoir stuffed full of my holiday snaps. 

I wrote it because I wanted to try Amazon’s CreateSpace paperback publishing service. If you’re considering self-publishing a book, have a look at my jargon-free website that explains how I did it. Follow the link by clicking here.


  1. Congratulations on finishing the challenge. I enjoyed it.

  2. Thank you - I've enjoyed it too!

  3. I've never been to the Borghese - I'd love to see the sculpture of Apollo and Daphne. I've really enjoyed reminiscing about my visits to Rome. Congrats on completing the Challenge!

  4. Well done on completing the challenge. I've really enjoyed reading through your posts, they've definitely inspired me to visit Rome again in the not-too-distant future, and for much longer than a weekend next time.

  5. Congratulations on finishing the challenge! :) I liked visiting your blog for bits of nostalgia for Rome. It is lovely. :)

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