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Religious tourism in Rome?

Rome owes its greatness of ancient history to every stone in the city. It is considered one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, here you breathe art, culture and history, all wonderful. Each palace, each corner, rich historical monuments, everything exudes charm, it is truly one of the most famous Italian cities in the world, it is the favorite destination of tourists, who each year, decide to spend here their vacation or even just a day of travel. Let’s learn about religious tourism in Rome? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Introduction

Among the artistic, cultural and historical resources, which are the dominant reasons for those who decide to spend their vacation in Rome, in recent years the so-called “spiritual” tourism has emerged, which represents a large part of the flow of tourists visiting the capital every year. More and more, itineraries are organized based on ‘spirituality and religion’, focusing the tour on the many religious sites present in the capital. Find out more about Religious Tourism in Italy by clicking here!

About Roma

Rome has always been considered the heart of Christianity, because it is where the seat of the Catholic Church is located, and also because it is the place where history, faith and art combine in a unique synthesis of majesty and beauty. The ancient history of this city lives within each monument, basilicas, churches, and our route will be through Christian Rome, a journey to discover the places where you can taste the history of the Men, Popes, Saints and artists who dedicated their lives to Church and to spread the Christian message. Also read: What are the 5 unmissable churches in Rome? and How to use the subway in Rome?

1) Religious tourism in Rome? SAINT JOHN IN LATERAN AND BASILICA OF SAINT CLEMENT

The itinerary in Christian Rome has to start from the cathedral of Rome, called “Mother of all the churches in the world”, San Giovanni in Laterano (Saint John in Lateran), which is the ideal connection between the pagan era and Christian times . Born, in fact, as a building for public meetings and for the administration of justice; with the spread of the new creed, it became a majestic ecclesiastical structure, adapted to receive a large number of believers.

Its beautiful 18th century façade and the 16th century coffered ceiling and pillars. Also to visit, there is the adjoining cloister, the work of the most important Roman masters, Scala Santa, a destination for pilgrims from all over the world and which, according to tradition, was brought to Rome by Saint Helena and traveled with Jesus himself in the days of the Passion. Also interesting is the Sancta Sanctorum, which was once the private chapel of the popes.

Basilica of Saint Clement

Continuing the path, not far from St. John in Lateran, one arrives at the Basilica di San Clemente  (Basilica of Saint Clement), one of the most interesting and ancient basilicas in Rome. The lower basilica and its frescoes are worth a visit, in particular, the Sistine legend, the first example in which the Italian vernacular was used with artistic intent. Also read What to visit near Rome? The best round trips from Rome.

2) Religious tourism in Rome? SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE

At this point, another landmark of the route, is the other papal basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (“Saint Mary Major”). The papal church of Santa Maria Maggiore is at the top of Mount Esquilino and it is the only one to have preserved the structure of the first primitive Christians, although enriched by successive additions, and is the largest of the Roman churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary; it is also the best preserved; built in an old church thanks to the funding of a wealthy Roman patrician who, according to legend, saw the Virgin Mary in a dream.

Not to be missed is also the beautiful bell tower, with Renaissance-Romanesque style, and the mosaic on the floor of the ‘cosmateschi’ masters. It is also worth visiting the Cesi Chapel, the statue of the Queen of Peace, the Sforza Chapel, Bernini’s Tomb, the Cradle of Gold, and the “Nativity Scene”, by Arnolfo di Cambio. Also read How to get to Cassia from Rome? and How to get to Assisi from Rome?

3) Religious tourism in Rome? BASILICA OF SAINT PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS

We continue the tour, visiting another Basilica of special beauty, it is the Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura (Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls), an ancient pagan temple that contains ancient esoteric symbols combined with religious ones that are more contemporary. St. Paul’s Basilica is the second largest basilica in Rome, after St. Peter’s Basilica, and is located where, according to tradition, the apostle Paul would have been buried.

The burial chapel, which was later transformed into a basilica by Constantine, has become one of the most important stages of the pilgrimage through Rome. The facade is decorated with beautiful mosaics, and inside you notice the famous sequence of portraits of all the popes, of mosaic and cloister, considered a masterpiece of the 12th century. Before the construction of St. Peter’s, the Basilica was the site of the largest sect in Christianity. Under the main altar, known as the papal altar, is the tomb of the saint.

4) Religious tourism in Rome? SAINT CECILIA AND SAINT PETER’S BASILICA

Crossing the Tiber River, you should make a short stop at the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, then following Lungotevere street we will reach St Peter’s Basilica.

Basilica of Saint Cecilia

The Basilica of Santa Cecilia is located in the heart of one of the most fascinating areas of Rome. It is the smallest basilica in Rome and is located in the district of Trastevere. A stable built on the ruins of a large Roman house, which was probably only inhabited by the Saint, patron saint of music, where she was martyred in 230.

St. Peter’s Basilica

Following Lungotevere Street, the tour takes us to St. Peter’s Square, Bernini’s masterpiece and antechamber of the most important architectural ensembles in the Catholic world. Of course, we are talking about St. Peter’s Basilica, which receives millions of tourists and pilgrims every year, attracted by the beautiful works of art, with deep symbolic meaning of a unique place. Here you can admire the magnificent St. Peter’s Square and the famous St. Peter’s Basilica, a place of worship in Vatican City. LEARN MORE ABOUT ST PETER’S BASILICA

About the beauties of St. Peter’s Basilica

A splendid set of 284 Doric columns and 88 pillars of Tivoli travertine surround Saint Peter’s Basilica, it is like being welcomed in a symbolic embrace, and thousands of believers gather to come and visit. The imposing 17th century façade, made by Carlo Maderno, gives the idea of ​​the enormous size of the Basilica, even today, one of the largest churches in the world.

The dome, designed by Michelangelo, has a size that is surprising and harmonized, characteristics that are appreciated on the climb, demanding, but rewarding, which allows you to admire both the interior and the exterior. Among the many masterpieces kept inside the Basilica, Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ is a must; the work surprises by the technique of centuries and the emotion, together with the Vatican Caves, located under the floor of the basilica that keeps the tomb of Peter and other popes.

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5) Religious tourism in Rome? SISTINE CHAPEL

Of course, you should also visit the Vatican museums, with works of art of great value, as well as the Sistine Chapel, a wonderful work where many artists like Michelangelo worked. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VATICAN MUSEUM

6) Religious tourism in Rome? MAMERTINE PRISON

At this point, another visit to be planned when making a religious itinerary is the Mamertine Prison, hidden from prying eyes, inside the Roman Forum.  The place is considered the first prison in ancient Rome, it is a maximum security prison in the Roman Empire, where bitter enemies of the Empire were imprisoned. Some personalities who were arrested here were Jugurta, the king of Numidia and Vercingetorige, king of the Gauls; Christian tradition says that Saint Peter and Saint Paul were also arrested here at different times. Find out more about Mamertine Prison by clicking here!

7) Religious tourism in Rome? CATACOMBS

A respectable tour through Christian Rome must have a visit to the catacombs, where Jesus’ first followers were buried. In the famous Via Appia, in Rome and its surroundings, there are more than sixty catacombs and thousands of tombs, but only five are open to the public; they are those of Saint Callistus, Saint Sebastian and Saint Domitilla in the old Appia area and those of Priscila and St. Agnes, in Nomentano-Salario. The ancient term for these monuments is ‘Coemeterium’, which derives from the Greek and means “dormitory”, thus highlighting the fact that, for Christians, burial is only a provisional moment, awaiting the final resurrection. WHAT ARE THE ROME CATACOMBS I SHOULD VISIT?

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Hotel I suggest near the Historic Center

If you are passionate about art and would like to stay in the center where you can move around walking, as well as having countless possibilities for places to have lunch / dinner or a snack, I advise you to stay in the historic center. Regions near the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Imperial Forum and the Villa Borghese, Piazza Spagna and Piazza Navona can be considered as “historic center”. These are the most expensive areas, but you will be close to everything, literally!

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Hotels that I suggest near the San Giovanni Region

For those who want to find cheaper alternatives in quiet areas, but at the same time close to the means of transport to the center, I suggest the region of San Giovanni or Monti (near the metro stations San Giovanni, Castro Pretorio and Circus Massimo) – which it is a more residential neighborhood; therefore, more economical and quiet! And with just 15 minutes by subway you will be in the center too!

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Hotels I suggest near Vatican City

An interesting area to stay and a little cheaper than the historic center is the Vatican area (Vatican Museums) which is very well connected with everything.

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Hotel I suggest near Termini Station

For those who prefer to stay in neighborhoods that have good access to the rest of the city and at a better price, then you should choose accommodation in the surroundings of Termini Station (from where a dense network of public means of transport starts, serving both: the local people and tourists).

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Hotels that I suggest in Trastevere

For those who prefer to “taste” authentic and characteristic Rome, there is nothing better than booking a hotel in Trastevere (on the outskirts of the city’s historic river), full of typical Roman history and traditions, known for the tortuous streets of sampietrini stones and the centers medieval style housing.

The neighborhood is in the historic center and to the right of the Tevere River, in the midst of a spectacular landscape, where each visitor can observe the countless churches and squares (such as Santa Maria in Trastevere). In addition, this neighborhood offers several local restaurants and canteens for those who want to try typical Roman cuisine.

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