Took my last night train from Nice to Rome. At this point, I had two destinations to go before coming back home, Rome and Florence. Ideally I would have done my two days in Florence first, and ended it at Rome, which is where I am flying out. However, as I said earlier, the train schedules put me in a bit of a spot so I had to make the unorthodox decision to go straight from Nice to Rome first (or lose a day traveling), go to Florence the next day (which is only an hour and a half from Rome), and then back to Rome a couple of days later. Not ideal, but as you'll see, as has been the case the entire trip, it worked out really well.
I only had the one day in Rome before heading out to Florence, so I decided to knock a couple of museums out rather than the so called "Biggies" like the Colosseum and Vatican City. First stop was right next to the Termini Train Station where I arrived and near where my hostel was, The National Museum of Rome.
Notice the small, dark square in the lower left of the picture. In the 1400's, at the start of the Renaissance, the church allowed Filippo Brunelleschi to cut this out of the dome to study the cross section of the design so he could build the first dome in a 1000 years, The Duomo in Florence, which we'll see tomorrow.
Notice Pluto's hand on Proserpina's left leg. You can actually see how he made it look like her skin was being pushed in by his fingers. Not bad for a piece of rock.
Really productive day here in Rome. Tomorrow I'm up bright and early and on my way to Florence.