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Traveling to Rome, Italy

Many people have their own reason for going to Rome. Whether it’s the food, culture, history, or just to get out of town! For me, it’s for the art. You can’t miss it! From beautiful paintings to the architectural feat that is the Colosseum, Rome has something around every corner. Some of the world’s greatest masterpieces have either come from Rome or been completed by artists from Rome. From the Sistine Chapel to Caravaggio’s Calling of St. Matthew, art brings in thousands of visitors each year. Artists like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini worked tirelessly to create pieces that we still enjoy today.

Standing in front of the Trevi Fountain is not only a photo op moment, but a chance to admire someone’s craftsmanship. To appreciate the time it took to carefully carve a delicate face out of stone, or to wait for the paint to dry on a figure’s robes. The fact that many of these works have been in Rome for hundreds of years and are still in top condition is amazing.

There is an art piece for everyone. You can be an expert on technique, someone who appreciates the story the artist is telling, or even pretend to be a gladiator inside it! It doesn’t really matter what you love about a piece, for me it’s a chance to appreciate the talents of others and admire beauty in art. So whatever your reason is to visit Rome, make sure that part of your trip is to see the art.

From the desk of Maren Owen, a producer of Traveling with Eric Dowdle on BYU Radio.

Learn more about some of your favorite places with Eric, Wally and Autumn on Traveling with Eric Dowdle. Weekdays 11am-12pm ET except Tuesdays on BYU Radio (Sirius XM Channel 143).

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