Boston is a city that has impressed me a lot, and in the city, there is certainly a lot to do. Therefore, I would like to give you some suggestions (in addition to those regarding the Freedom Trail).
We are talking about a glass globe built in 1935, which is located in the building of the Mary Baker Eddy Library. This globe was created by the same architect of the Christian Science Publishing Society,
Chester Lindsay Churchill. Why can an “old” world map be something of interest? First of all, there is its shape: by covering the walls and ceiling of an entire oval-shaped room, visitors can pass through it. Secondly, it is made so particular also by the material used: how many times have you ever seen a globe of this size built entirely with glass?! Joking aside, the fact that it was built with glass panels certainly makes it very special. The map shows the world of 1935, so getting in here is like jumping back in time. Because it has not been updated Simply for fragility! The creator had thought it done with panels precisely because it was easy, if necessary, to modify it. Unfortunately, however, in reality, things turned out to be different, and it is not possible to alter those panels! There are also two small curiosities. First of all, inside the world map, there is an echo! Well yes, material and conformation of the world map allow this sound phenomenon. If, on the other hand, we speak precisely in the centre of the world, our voice will seem to have a much higher tone than reality and reach all the other visitors with the same strength.
The entrance ticket costs $ 4 per person (August 2019). On the official website (www.marybakereddylibrary.org), you will find all the information that may be useful for your visit. Unfortunately, inside, you couldn’t take pictures, and I’m quite sad about that.
This church, which is immediately striking for its architecture, was built between 1872 and 1877 on a project by Henry Hobson Richardson. This is the best-known building designed by the American
architect and the one that best represents its typical neo-Romanesque style, which is defined as “Richardsonian Romanesque”. Much of the interior and windows were made by John LaFarge and today is part of the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior includes a Romanesque-style porch which, in reality, was added later (Richardson had absolutely no thought of it). I found it a beautiful bike, architecturally and for the attention to detail, I was very impressed. The entrance ticket for the visit (yes, there is a ticket) costs 10 dollars, to which you must possibly add the cost of the audio guide: personally, I found it “dear”, but thinking about it, it is a cost that falls within the American price standards. The fact remains that it is one of the most iconic buildings in Boston, so you can only include it on a city trip.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was created to preserve the art collection (European and Asian) of Isabella Stewart Gardner.
In 1896, che commissioned the architect Willard T. Sears to design this house museum, which is very striking for its architecture inspired by the Italian Renaissance and the Venetian-style courtyard. The collection exhibited in the museum today includes more than 2,500 works of European, Asian and American art and there are paintings, sculptures, tapestries and works of decorative arts. Among the most famous works we find the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (1320-1325 ) by Giotto, the Bust of Bindo Altoviti (1550) by Benvenuto Cellini, the Pietà (1503-1505) and the Portrait of Fedra Inghirami both by Raphael and many other works.
Ticket: $ 15 (the “usual” discount is also provided). Admission is free for anyone called Isabella;
Opening hours: from 11 to 17 from Sunday to Monday (it is closed on Tuesday);
On the official museum website (https://www.gardnermuseum.org), you will find all the further information that may be useful for your visit.
Bonus for the evening
Where to go in the evening in Boston? I admit that I have toured a few restaurants (having booked an apartment, I have eaten there several times) and among the ones I have tried I have nothing to recommend.
But I can try to suggest where to go for an evening walk. I went back several times to the area between the Faneuil hall and Long Wharf: a walk among shops, restaurants, very green and above all the view of the water (which I always like). Here you can also find several restaurants and clubs: if you want to dine out you can always look for a place that inspires you here! The only thing I want to point out is that if you arrive after dinner “just to have a drink”, in some places they might make you sit at the counter and not at one of the tables (reserved for those who, instead) are there to eat).