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Via Mocenigo, 26, Rome, Lazio, 00192, Italy
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Forum Posts

St. Peters Morning Mass

by nomadNY

I read on someone's post that their is a daily mass at 8:30am at St.Peters. Is this open to the public? free of charge? is there a limit? or is it early enough to get right on in?

If St.Peters is too big of a deal...then does anyone have any recommendation of a beautiful church with daily morning masses in the old city center? i was hoping to attend one Saturday morning before hopping on a train to Florence.


Re: St. Peters Morning Mass

by leics

Daily masses at St Petyers take place in side-chapels, in the main. As far as I know there is no requirement for a ticket.

Mass times here (from the horse's mouth, as it were):

An alternative (and entirely stunning) option is S.M. Maggiore. Again, daily masses are generally held in side-chapels.

This link (long though it is) should be helpful:

It includes times for S.M. Maggiore (called St Mary Major on this US site).

Re: St. Peters Morning Mass

by nomadNY

THANKS SO MUCH! This is perfect.

Maybe i will go to both!

Re: St. Peters Morning Mass

by leics

If you do not go to SMMaggiore you will deeply regret it.It was the most important church in Rome long before St Peter's existed and, imo, is absolutely wonderful.

To see both churches, go early or go late. They are horrid when crowded. St Peter's (far too glitzy and over-the-top for my taste) is always busy in the day, but the world seems to have 'discovered' SM Maggiore recently (is it in the Da Vinci Code?). I had to make two visits to get my usual 'fix': the first was just unbearably crowded (imo).

Re: St. Peters Morning Mass

by Beausoleil

We attended the 8:30 AM at St. Peters on a Sunday. It's a church service; there is no charge; they want you to come. We happened on a beatification service for 4 saints and that was very crowded but we got there right at 8:00 and had no trouble getting seats. Later congregants were not so lucky; the square was packed. You will have to go through security but it goes quickly.

St. John Latern is another spectacular church you might enjoy attending. There is seemingly a church on every corner in Rome; you will have no trouble finding a Mass.

St. Peter's is an amazing experience so I recommend attending if you can. You may check their web site to see if the Pope will be officiating when you are there.

Re: St. Peters Morning Mass

by Lhenne1

Everyone here has pretty much answered your question so I'll just reiterate that Mass at St. Peter's is a great experience. The side chapels are actually fairly big (hehe, at least compared to my home church) and we had no problem finding a seat when we attended Sunday Mass.

Have a great trip!

Travel Tips for Rome

Tiber (Tevere) River

by Jenniflower

The Tiber River (English) / Tevere River (Italian) is the 3rd largest river in Italy. Flowing directly through Rome, it idely snakes it's way around the ancients domes and piazzas.

We lived quite close to it, so went for little walks often.

There is so much to admire as you stroll along, and we were forever stopping and starting, something having caught our eye!

There were a few boats in the river, but not that many. It is refreshingly undercommercialised!

This could be because people are too afraid of falling in? ;)

The water is greeny and quite opaque, not clear at all. I wouldn't particularly want to do any boating in it to be honest. Possibly the best view of the river is the one with The Vatican in the background. Simply awesome :)

Streets around the four fountains

by alloquisha

If you've seen some of my other pages, you'll know that I love doors. I just do. They're so cool! They can show a lot of individuality about the owner. I found this door off a side from the Via Quattro Fontane (can you tell I was up and down this street a lot?) It truly is a good place to wander on a nice day, but I wouldn't recommend sticking around too much after dark. I don't think it's terribly dangerous, but it's a bit closed down in a few blocks and there isn't a lot of commercial activity.

Italy to Rome

by vhien16

The best way to arrive in Rome is by train. The main station, Stazione Termini is close to the historic center of Rome. There are several outlying stations, too. You can also arrive by bus near Termini station or in Piazzale Tiburtina in front of the Tiburtina train station. Rome's airport Fiumicino is a major international airport and visitors from the United States often arrive here. You can take a train into Rome from the airport.

Public Transportation in Rome

Rome has an extensive bus and metro system (Metripolitana) so you can easily get almost anywhere on public transportation

Sicilian regional cookery

by dame_kari about Il Dito e la Luna

Lovely wood-panelled restaurant in a slightly seedy (but up-and-coming) area about 20 mins walk from Termini Station.

This restaurant is recommended in the Time Out guide, and also by a friend who had eaten there before.

The wine list is excellent and very reasonably priced.

Take a taxi, as the area behind the station is pretty dodgy at night. Onion flan with parmesan sauce - more like an onion mousse, but an absolutely delicious combination of flavours.

Spaghetti with breadcrumbs, anchovies, pine nuts and orange. An amazing combination - very, very good!!

Pecorrino cheese with black peppers and orange jam. Gorgeous

Roman Forum

by rcsparty

First glimpsing the forum brought back a comment my 7 year old made when we visited Olympia in Greece...." I'm sick of seeing rocks, all we ever see is rocks!!!". However, once you step down on the Via Sacra, you realize that you are walking the same path as Augustus and Julius Ceasar, and into the origins of the western world. You can easily imagine the bustling epicenter of Roman society. If you don't have an appreciation of history, these 'rocks' may be disappointing... but then again, why are you in Rome. Make sure to have a map of the area, it is much more interesting if you know what you are looking at. The tours are not worth it, as you spend 15 minutes at a ruin that should take 3 minutes.


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