Looking into the Marble Face of Rome

I’m in Rome, updating my Rick Steves Rome guidebook — an intense process. Updating a guidebook to the “Eternal City” takes a while. A theme for this visit was finding peace and cultural tranquility in a city that, in many ways, feels overrun with tourists. And that’s easy to do. Like voters tend to vote for whoever’s up in the polls, many tourists visit the same famous sights. Fortunately, Rome has lots of extremely rewarding sights that are cool, quiet, and give an intimate peek at an amazing ancient world. Over the next four days here on my blog, I’ll celebrate a dimension of Rome that is quiet yet rewarding.

First, let’s meet some of the people who made Rome, as portrayed in realistic busts. To see these yourself, visit the Capitoline Museums.