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1. Rome (cont'd)As site-seeing goes, the special tourist bus that goes around the city is a fine way to orient oneself to a city bursting with sites to see. The Time Elevator was a kind of Disneyland ride that would be fun for a child or someone who knew nothing of Roman history. The Ishikawas had reserved tickets for this superfluous show, as well as the wonderful Borghese Gallery from their respective websites. The Borghese Gallery taught the Ishikawas more than they had ever learned elsewhere about the joys of great lighting, and would impart that lesson to anyone interested in the proper presentation of art.
Although the art wasn't as impressive, the guided tour-in-a-box narrated by the owner of the Doria Pamphilj Gallery was a droll delight, the perfect cure for seeing too much art at once. The city's famous fountains had a Disneyesque mirthfulness, no doubt explaining the fame of both.