The ostrich egg at the end of an earlier post was a clue. When we went to Villa Giulia, it was a spring day, and birds were singing in the gardens. As we walked though the beautiful loggia, we noticed birds everywhere in the fresco, which depicted a trellis covered with vines.
Apparently, the ancient Etruscans liked their birds too. As we walked through the museum, I was struck by how many of the ancient Etruscan objects depicted birds.
In Italy, like many places, being pooped on by a bird is a sign of good luck. Well, despite the birds out singing that day, we were not blessed with this kind of good luck omen. However, we did enjoy all the birds at Villa Giulia.