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  • Day27

    Catacombs of Saint Sebastian

    September 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Today we headed outside of the city walls of Rome to the Parco Regionale Appia Antica. After successfully navigating the bus we needed to get out there, I stupidly got us off the bus a little too early. I can therefore report that despite being one of the earliest Roman roads, the Appian Way (or Via Appia Antica) is still used to the fullest and was VERY busy and somewhat hairy walking along the edge of the road on a very narrow stretch which is walled on both sides and barely wide enough for two vehicles, let alone pedestrians. Eeek.

    Anyway, we did eventually make it to the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian in one piece, had a very informative guided tour of the Catacombs where there were just the six of us + one other lady. Afterwards, we then wandered through a very small part of the parkland (it is over 3,400 hectares) which is scattered with Roman ruins.

    Despite not being able to speak Italian, Glen and I had a lovely conversation with an elderly gentleman out doing his daily exercise in the past. We managed to deduce he was originally French, so spoke French, Italian and very little English, but we somehow managed to piece together a conversation.

    Unfortunately we couldn't see the large aqueduct as it was at the opposite end of the park, but decided we may as well walk back to Rome which took about an hour and a half. But, we were able to walk through the city walls.
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  • Day23

    Basilika San Sebastian (Pilgerkirche VI)

    September 25, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Leider schon seit 18:00 Uhr geschlossen. Das selbe gilt für den Petersdom, der letzten der sieben Pilgerkirchen in Rom. Aber den Petersdom werde ich mir dann morgen nach der Papstaudienz anschauen.
    Insgesamt waren es jetzt gute 20 km innerhalb von Rom. Mein linkes Schienbein schmerzt seit drei Stunden. War wohl heute einfach doch zu viel. Habe dafür aber einen ersten guten Eindruck von Rom erhalten und viel gesehen.

    Marco und ich nehmen jetzt ein Bus zurück und wollen dann erst mal was essen. Ich bin echt platt und weiß nicht wieviel heute noch geht.
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  • Day23

    Basilika Sankt Paul (Pilgerkirche V)

    September 25, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Sankt Paul vor den Mauern ist eine der Papstbasiliken von Rom. Sie liegt zwischen der heutigen Via Ostiense und dem Tiber und wird daher oft auch Basilica Ostiense genannt. Seit dem Abschluss der Lateranverträge ist sie eine exterritoriale Besitzung des Heiligen Stuhls und eine der sieben Pilgerkirchen von Rom. Read more

  • Day13

    Catacombs of St. Callistus

    November 13, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    We wanted to see the catacombs and they were not part of our official schedule. So Chuck and Debbie decided to join us in splitting cab fare to the San Callisto Catacombs and back. They are southeast of the city in a beautiful, uncluttered park. We passed the Baths of Caracalla before getting on the old Appian Way to reach the catacombs. It gave me a remarkable feeling of the closeness of history to see road signs reading "Via Appia," just as they have since Roman times. The park around the catacombs are lovely, and we saw many tourists who had just about reached their limits. One woman was sleeping on a bench. Unfortunately, photographs are not allowed inside the catacombs. Obviously they are very dark. There are small chapels for worship as well as the graves of early Christians. The guides were careful to tell us that the catacombs were not used to escape persecution. The Romans and other Christians were well aware of their existence. Rather, they became centers for worship when early saints were buried there. This rendition of the story differs slightly from that which I received in my first visit to Rome in 1971. There is a sense of history here. It is good to be where early Christians worshipped. When we finished at the catacombs we went back to where our cab driver told us there would be taxicabs to take us back to town. We walked for over forty-five minutes looking for a cab. We found several other sets of catacombs, then decided to reverse course. We started to get worried that we would have to walk back through the whole city of Rome on foot. We knew we could do that if necessary, but it certainly was not our first choice. When we were almost back in town, close to the Baths of Caracalla, we hailed a cab that took us back to the hotel.Read more

  • Day4

    Day 4 Roma

    April 8, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today i walked the old anicent road The Appian Way. It was a very long walk. I did about 10kms.

    Here i visited a catacomb of San Sebastian.
    They don't keep any of the bodies in the parts of the catacomb that you get to see.
    I also saw Roman mausoleums. They were much more beautiful then the catacombs. The difference was Romans did not believe anything happened to your body after you died so they were all cremated and put into urns inside mausoleums.

    The road was classic Roman black pebble. There was very expensive mansions along the way.
    I was joined by a herd of goats at one point.
    I had walked further then most tourists as i got to a point where i didnt see anyone for about 20 minutes.

    I walked all the way to the old Aqueducts.
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  • Day22

    Catacombs of St Callixtus

    May 5, 2016 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We checked out of our beautiful apartment in the late morning. We were so reluctant to leave! We know that getting accommodation on AirBnB is a gamble – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. We struck gold on this one. I wonder when our next pot of gold will be.

    We stopped by at the Catacombs of St Callixtus just outside of Rome on the way to the Amalfi Coast. This place is just fascinating. It served as Christian cemetery from around the middle of the 2nd century AD. Up until mid to late 3rd century AD, Christianity was illegal. People who were caught or suspected of practising Christianity were killed. Feeding Christians to the lions were seen as entertainment in ancient Rome.

    Christians were mostly slaves with no money to buy proper land for burial. This is how the catacombs came about. Bodies were wrapped in linen, placed in small rectangular cavities dug into the earth, and sealed with a stone slab bearing inscriptions of name, age and date of death. As more people died, they dug deeper into the ground, hence, the tombs at the top are the oldest, and the tombs at the lowest level are the newest.

    This catacomb was particular important as it housed the bodies of 16 popes, and St Cecilia. A statue of the latter in her buried position is displayed in the catacomb. Most of them were murdered for their faith. We weren’t allowed to take photos in the catacomb as a sign of respect for the dead.

    This is a must see if you ever get the chance.
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