Today we went immediately to the catacombs and saw the first Christian cemeteries in Rome. Although they were all empty, the tombs were still neat. Later, we went to visit the Trevi Fountain which was very very busy. We took a few pictures and got lunch. The salami and cheese sandwiches on Focaccia bread here are amazing. Later on we took a long walk to Santa Maria Maggorra. This was pretty awesome because we walked right into a bishop getting a promotion. We even saw and took a picture of a Cardinal! A crazy man also chased him which was funny. After this church we went to St. Peter in Chains. This church has the chains used to hold St.
Peter in Rome as well as an amazing sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo! Our final stop of the day was the church of St. Clementine. This church was quite interesting because of its structure. The current church was built over a previous church which was in turn built over a pagan temple, which was built over a Roman House. We were able to take the excavation tour and see each of these levels.
Tonight we ate at the same place as we did before. I also went and got ice cream after.
Today we woke up and figured out the bus system to make it to the Catacombs south of town. We first went to the Catacombs of San Callisto. The tour underground was only about 30 minutes but we saw several old tomb rooms and even where the 3rd century popes were buried.
We then headed to the catacombs of San Domitilla. These were the biggest ones in Rome and even had a church build on top of them. Here we saw the church and walked a long ways through the tombs, tour was only about 30 minutes too, wish both tours were longer. We then headed back to Rome in an attempt to go to a church, Santa Mana della Concezion, only to find it just closed so we decided to walk to the Trevi Fountain, took a few photos and left the massive crowd to see the Presidents House in Palazzo del Qurniale and then onto the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggoria. After a hot, long walk to the Basilica we noticed the place was very busy! We found out they were promoting a guy to Bishop and there were all sorts of Catholic people there including a Cardinal dude! We couldn’t see the whole church but it was still really cool. Then we walked to the St. Peter’s in Chains church which had what they say are the chains Peter was imprisoned in and a Moses sculpture done by Bernini. After this we walked to our last church of the day. Basilica of san Celmente which was close to our hotel and built onto 2 older churches that we got to go below and see the excavations, it was very large below and pretty awesome!