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First day in Rome, and boy it was hot!

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Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Our first day in Rome, and it got of with an easy start: breakfast at 7.30. After that we walked to the Baths of Diocletianus. to visit our first church that day. Yes, today has a churchy theme...

First church, incorporated in the Baths: Santa Maria Degli Angeli e dei martiri. This church is impressive: large arches, marmor etc. It incorporates the baths brilliantly. They baptise people in the old cold water bath...

after that, we walke to another church, or better a church and a crypt: the Santa Maria della Concenzione and the Capuciner Crypt. The first isn't very special, the latter is worth seeing! All the decoration there is made out of bones of deceased Capuciner monks. The more important monks were kept intact and 'displayed' in their robes, with name tag.

There something surreal about chandeliers made from ribs...

We then took the Metro to another church...I told you it was a churchy day today: the San Giovanni, the Biscopal church of Rome. It's huge and overdone, in my opinion: lots of gold and ornaments. Next to it are the Scala Sancta, or Holy stairs. These stairs were said to be part of the house of Pilatus and it is believed Jezus walked on them. At the top of the Stairs, which you can only climb on your knees (don't worry there are also stairs you can walk normally) is the Sanctum Sanctorum, or the Sacriest Place on earth. There's an icon, said to be painted bij an arch angel...

From there we walked the Via Appia Antice, or the old Roman main road, to the Catacombes of St. Callisto; there we were shown around by a nice Belgian father. Too bad we weren't allowed to make pictures. On the way, we also visited the Quo Vadis church...

From there off to the last church: St. Peter and Vatican city. To get to the top of St.Peter you'll have to walk 551 stairs (another theme of the trip: stairs!), but the view is so worth it. After a quick visit of the church, we headed back for diner.

It was a hot day: 37 degrees Celsius...

Last event today was a visit of the Spanish stairs...I really likes to guy next to me singing...reaallyyy...oooo my ears..

Haselager says:
Nice!! 37 degrees is hot!!
Posted on: Jun 18, 2009
travelfan1963 says:
I like your header. I visited Rome in early September and it was very hot. :)
Posted on: Jun 01, 2009
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Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Mar…
Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Ma…
Students
Students
San Giovanni
San Giovanni
Scala Sancta
Scala Sancta
Realx!
Realx!
Quo Vadis Church
Quo Vadis Church
to the Catacombes
to the Catacombes
Vatican City
Vatican City
Spainsh Stairs
Spainsh Stairs
Rome
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