Christian Rome, Rome
Take the bus, just outside the city you will find the catacombs.
Very impressive to wander around in a labyrinth of corridors full with ancient graves.
It will make a big impression on you how people had to hide 2000 years ago to have a christian funeral.
Some people see it as an spiritual experience, some as a tourist attraction. I don't make judgements, only want to let you know how to get a papal audience, in case you feel like it.
Public audiences are held on wednesday mornings at 11 am, in the Papal Audience Chamber. Go in the morning hours to the Portone di Bronzo, which is located in the right colonnade in St. Peter's Square ( or write to the Prefetto della Casa Pontificia, Citta del Vaticano, 00120 Rome, telephone 698 83017, fax 698 85863). Fill the form and go to the Prefettura, 1st. floor.
And if you can't wait till they give you a date for the audience, the Pope also appears at noon on most Sundays in the library window, above St. Peter's Square (you've probably seen it on TV).
Warning: in august the Pope is on holidays. ;-((
One of most unique place in Rome is the Catacombs of St. Callixtus (Crypt of the Popes), just outside the city limits of Rome. The Catacombs are the official burial place of the bishops of Rome. If you have the time, I recommend that everyone go tour the Catacombs. That is, if you don't get creeped out very easy. This place is a big underground burial. Just a big tomb where thousands of Christians were buried. While underground, you will see where they were laid to rest. Just many halls with different size holes in them. While on your tour, they will take you to where the popes were buried. No pictures are allowed, so you have to buy a post card.
St. Paul Church
Correctly named Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura. This is by far the most beautiful church in Rome. The Vatican is but a huge barn compared to the intricate decorative walls fashioned here. If you have visited the Vatican first, you will find that the scale here allows your eye to take in and appreciate this church better although it is very large itself. They hang the Pope's pictures here and there is only room for eight more. The second coming soon follows!
This is the beautiful church of San Giovanni in Laterano, which is located towards the south of the town (not very close to the rest of Rome's famous sites) and therefore isn't as visited as other churches/monuments. Yes, I know Rome must have like a million churches, but this one is really impressive due to its size and the inside is magnificent as well...
Castel Sant’ Angelo
Not far from the Vatican is the Castel Sant’ Angelo, which for hundreds of years guarded the Vatican. Though it looks like a typical stronghold, Castel Sant’ Angelo was in fact built as a tomb for the emperor Hadrian in AD 135. By the 6th century it had been transformed into a fortress, and it remained a refuge for the popes for almost 1,000 years. From the roof café you have great views of the Vatican and can sip a refreshing glass of wine.
Lungo tevere Castello 50
Cappuccin Crypt is below the church Santa Maria della Immaculata Concezione on Via Veneto, just off Piazza Barberini. Bones of over 4,000 monks who died between 1528 and 1870 are artistically or grotesquely arranged, depending on your taste. The bones are displayed in five rooms, linked by a 60-meter long tunnel. This is a very, very unusual scene. A postcard on your way out is a must.
The Catacombs just outside the city are definitely worth a visit. We walked, which was an ideal way to escape the noise and traffic. It is possible to get a bus though. This photo was taken along the Old Appian Way, looking back on Rome, en route to the Catacombs.
Like there wasnt already too much to see in ROME barely three blocks west of my fav Castle Sant' Angelo, near the very heart of ROME and the hearts of the entire populous of Italy is the VATICAN which we all know is a totally sepate country in itself. Crowning the end of St Peters Square is ST PETERS BASILICA the 2nd largest Cathedral in the world(next to a knock off on the Ivory Coast of all places)It's an absolute Holy (must) See!(ok all you Catholics out there..I heard the groan) There has been a church here since the 4th century, the year Christianity was declared the official religion of the Roman Empire. For a more detailed description see my page on the VATICAN.
The Crypt of the Capuchins - this eerie place houses, or contains, the bones of monks. Basically you walk along and see five rooms which have bones stuck on the roof and walls as well as the skeletons of dead monks in their robes. It was a real honour for the monk to have their remains displayed in this place... It's creepy but definately different.
San Stefano Rotondo I found the most interesting church in Rome. A little bit out of the traditional sites but it worth the visit.
Do go inside this Basilica and admire its rich treasures - the rich ceiling is by Flaminio Boulanger and Vico di Raffaele, and the marble pavement is of Cosmatesque design.
This is the quaint Domine Quo Vadis chapel on the Old Appian Way, just outside the city. Inside there is a replica of a stone in which Christ is said to have left his footprint.