On our first full day we had a little orientation and toured some of the palace. It was a cold and gloomy day, but the sun was coming out from behind the clouds as it was setting. Maurizio (our program’s Resident Director) and Francesco (Director of the Palace and our Art History professor) wanted to give us a better view of Ariccia. So, they took us up through parts of the palace where the “public” are not allowed and up through cold, tiny staircases to a floor of rooms at the top. What we saw was breathtaking – a beautiful sunset behind our Italian hometown.
The main building in the skyline is the domed, circular church of the Assunta, by Bernini. The church was inspired by his restoration of the Pantheon.
“It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream."