Gimme Culture!

There’s something afoot, and it may very well be revolutionary. People are lining up for culture. And this is not Disneyland:

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This is the magnificent Renaissance monument, Palazzo Farnese, last weekend, open to the public; and what a public, clamoring to get in!

 

It’s true, it’s tricky to get into the palace, which has been the site of the French Embassy in Rome since 1936. But still, a spectacularly beautiful Sunday, with millions of things to do in one of the Cultural Capitals of Europe… And people are happily spending 40 minutes in line.

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There was additional incentive on this particular Sunday:  the newly restored Carracci frescoes! The famous Annibale, with brother Agostino, decorated the Camerino Farnese between 1597 and 1607. Get a load of this:

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The Triumph of Bacchus and Arianna

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Simply divine. Any wonder why hundreds of eager Romans and tourists took the sun, chatted, or otherwise happily awaited their turn? Even a few claps of thunder did not deter them – they just added to the excitement!

What is encouraging is that this is ‘high culture,’ the real McCoy. You expect lines at Milan Expo.

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Maybe you don’t expect the lines to be so orderly and quick, but lines nonetheless.

 

And while we’re on the subject: just one more month to go until closing time.

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The Tree of Life, Milan Expo 2015

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