Gandini is a master woodcarver and focuses his work on lonely tree trunks. If you have yet to see his work, once in Rome you will certainly notice one of his 66 (and counting) sculptures around the Roman streets.
Designed by Michelangelo himself, the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri was built into the ruins of the famous Diocletian Baths, deriving its name from a legend of Christian martyrs who died during its construction.
Instead of trekking down to Pompeii, why not explore Rome’s very own ghost town, Ostia Antica? Wander the amazingly well preserved streets of what was once a bustling seaport at the mouth of the Tiber.