About Diane K
Lives in Chicago, Illinois
Since Sep 2014
65+ year old female
Retired early and I'm loving it! I'm using TripAdvisor to log and review all of the hotels, restaurants and attractions that we have had fun exploring since we retired. Enjoy traveling the world and seeing new places and dining out everywhere we go! Also especially love exploring our wonderful home city of Chicago.
Art Museums, Speciality Museums
Art Museums, History Museums, Architectural Buildings
Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Speciality Museums, Art Museums
Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
This museum is very unique and special. It is located in a former power generation plant. The Capital Museum moved sculptures here when renovations were being conducted at the main museum. They have decided to leave the statues here. The contrast between the sculptures and the equipment was quite striking and interesting. Descriptions (in English) are provided for both the sculptures and the equipment. Absolutely striking.
We enjoyed the gallery and also took the guided tour of the Princess Isabella Apartments. The highlight was the apartment tour - which we thoroughly enjoyed. The guide provides an abundance of information relating to the family. Everything within the apartments are gorgeous.
Visiting this palace / gallery was very interesting. One of the current princes (that lived in the palace) is the commentator of the English audio guide. He tells you many behind the scenes stories - which makes for a wonderful visit. The palace is beautiful and well maintained.
This museum is a little known gem in Rome. You are able to get close up photos of the various statues - which is great for photographers. The art was well displayed and signage was in both Italian and English.
The baths were gigantic and very interesting to visit. They were the second largest baths in Rome and were built between 212 and 216 AD. It is amazing the detail of the mosaics that remain.
Interesting museum that is not crowded and has many interesting sculptures. It is well presented and makes for great photo ops. We also watched a video about the Roman Forum - it was in Italian, but the photography was very good. An exhibit relating to the evolution of the current calendar was also interesting.
The Roman Wall Museum was fun to visit. They have exhibits that explain the history of the wall. Plus you are able to walk quite a ways along the wall. Views of the city and wall are intriguing.
We have visited many churches over our years - but this basilica is a true standout! It is gigantic and absolutely beautiful. The marble, ceilings and statues and size of the basilica were tremendous. Not many people were there when we visited in January. I especially liked the courtyard before you enter the basilica which is like the courtyards from the old Greek temples.
Italians love to take their families out early on Sunday afternoons for lunch. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch taking in this Italian vibe. The food was heavenly (swordfish and Saltimbocca all Romana). The potatoes and broccoletti were also wonderful. Also we enjoyed the apple pie and millefoglie for dessert. The little Italian boy next to us had the chocolate covered salami - he said it was good! We were the only speaking people in the restaurant - and were very welcomed.
Enjoy the local culture and go to this mozzarella bar. My husband hates cheese - but we both had a wonderful time at this stylish hangout. Food was so fresh and tasty. I have never had better mozzarella. The desserts were also GREAT - especially the chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream.