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"To grasp Rome one would require the eye of Michelangelo, the mind of Aquinas, the soul of Dante, the resolve of Caesar, and the lifespan of Methusaleh.  It would then take a hundred large volumes to describe the experience."  -  Clare Booth Luce, former U.S. Ambassador to Italy


On our flight home from Rome in 2010, we began planning for the next trip.  We wanted to return to some of the places we had already been but we also wanted to see some different ones.  Being more familiar with the layout and access of the city helped in planning the list for the next trip.  We did a lot of reading and watched a lot of video courses over the next 18 months on Roman and Church history.  I even took an internet course in Italian so I could stop playing charades in the restaurant and could find the bathroom efficiently.  We overestimated our ability on the schedule again, but we saw most of what we planned to see.  In the pages listed below are some of the pictures we made.  Click on the underlined entry to see them.


I   Basilica of Santa Pudenziana

II   Basilica of Santa Praxedes

III   Basilica of Maria Maggiore

IV   Forum and other ruins

V   The Mamertine Prison

VI   Church of Il Gesu

VII   Basilica Sant'Andrea della Valle

VIII   Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

IX   The Pantheon

X   Church of Santa Maria Maddalena

XI   Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere


XII   Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere

XIII   Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano

XIV   San Giovanni in Fonte

XV   Sancta Sanctorum and Scala Sancta

XVI   Basilica of Santa Croce di Gerusalemme

XVII   Institute Maria Bambina

XVIII  Papal General Audience

XIX   Il Passetto and Castel Sant'Angelo

XX   Vatican Museums

XXI   Basilica of San Pietro

XXII   Piazza San Pietro











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