|This large billboard was outside the train station. No, I haven't a clue what it's about either. Who or what is the Dildo Society?|
Also, it was snowing!
|You can't see it, but I've got my feet wrapped in plastic bags to keep the wet out.|
This is an interior doorway:
The Palazzo was a palace belonging to the Farnese family, who produced a bunch of dukes, cardinals and popes in the 15th thru 17th Century.
This is the private theatre in the palace - just gorgeous:
|Built 1618, rebuilt 1962|
The Palazzo now contains a rather awesome art gallery full of medieval paintings (no photos allowed, sadly) and an archaeological museum:
We went to another gallery, the Pinacoteca Stuard, where I found one of the most inappropriate and cringingly embarrassing paintings of biblical heroes ever wrought by the hand of man. How I laughed...
|"Samuel educates the young boy David to the sound of the harp" (or "Get your hand off my ass, you pervert") by Giovanni Gaibazzi (1808-1888)|
And the Cathedral baptisty:
which is rather lovely...
... to look for angels and demons. Here's some funky cherubim:
|Can you imagine what they'd look like in real life?!|
And then we went to the Cathedral:
It was full of frescoes, including the usual cheerfully sadistic demon/hellfire stuff. No photography allowed again ... but the GIANT wall painting of Christ spurting his blood all over a grateful world was just so fab I had to sneak an illicit pic:
|Catholicism: fifty shades of bugshit-crazy.|
Mr Ashbless says he looks like SpiderJesus ("spins a web any size, catches sinners just like flies").
We didn't eat any parma ham. But we did buy some violet-flavoured jelly.
Goes nicely with
Some violet jam
Guess which earworm I've got right now?