The Statue of Freedom atop of the US Capitol building
By Rosario Mariani, http://www.europebychoice.com
The 19.5 feet tall statue, weighing 15,000 pounds, was created in Rome and the ship that brought it to America ran into a storm so severe that most of the cargo had to be tossed overboard.
Before the ship reached the US, it was condemned and sold in Bermuda, where the statue was put in storage. Two years later it finally reached Washington, but because of the Civil War, the dome of the US capitol could not be finished and the statue was not hoisted to its proper position for another two years.
Roma Crea la Fede e coloro fuori Roma ci Credono
Even though the Renaissance flourished in Rome, not a single Renaissance artist, sculptor, musician of any stature was born there. During the 15th and 16th centuries, practically all talented artists were summoned to Rome, mostly by the Popes, and when their projects were completed they almost always left. Maybe if the Popes paid better wages and on time, many would have stayed on. Chi sa?
Rosario Mariani is the owner/CEO of Europe By Choice, which promotes travel to Italy and other select European countries. He has more than 40 years of experience in the travel industry, previously serving as Director of Italy Product for Italiatour and Club ABC Tours, and also in other positions with EuroFly, Alitalia and Air France.