Already in the Middle Ages pilgrims arrived in Rome along the Via Francigena from England in order to visit the seven pilgrim’s churches. In addition to these seven churches, Rome is caracterized by many other medieval “silent churches”, which are not so well known by tourists, but which can show us Christian art and revive the feeling of those times.
Even today along the Appian Way we find huge mausoleums, tombs and ruins of imperial villas and some of the city’s 60 existing catacombs. Only by visiting one of these early Christian cemeteries will your stay in Rome be complete because here you will understand how the early Christians thought.
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1. Churches of the counter reformation: Il Gesù, San Ignazio, Sant’Andrea della Valle
2. Bernini and Borromini: San Carlino, Sant’Andrea al Quirinale, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza
3. The great Papal Basilicas: San Giovanni in Laterano with the Holy Stairs and the baptistery, Santa Maria Maggiore and Saint Paul Outside the Walls
4…and much more…
A walk on some of the hills of Rome
A quiet and romantic Rome away from the noisy chaos of downtown and yet very central. On the Aventine and the Celio hill secret spots, beautiful views and medieval churches as well as the underground of Rome are waiting to be discovered.
Among the seven pilgrim churches you understand those churches of Rome, whose visit was expected from an early Christian pilgrim travelers. They were all within one day walk and all the pilgrim´s indulgences were promised.
Trastevere – trans Tiberim meaning over the Tiber – with its picturesque, narrow streets and small piazzas, excellent bakeries and traditional trattorias is famous for its vibrant atmosphere. The pace of life tends to be slow during the day but comes to life in the evening.
It was not originally part of Rome, being Etruscan territory. Some of the earliest Christian churches were built in Trastevere. Already in the 4th century we find the names of St Crisogono, St Maria and St Cecilia in Trastevere.
The Old Appian Way
The Old Appian Way was considered to be the “Queen of Roads”. The historian Tacitus called it “the most beautiful illustrated history book.”
The Old Appian Way is a narrow paved road flanked by rows of graceful pine trees and studded with ruins and ancient tombs. The road runs through an attractive landscape, which has been spared the prolific construction seen elsewhere in the city. With its catacombs and the Quo Vadis Church, the Old Appian Way is also an important part of Christian Rome.