In ancient times, pilgrims made their way to Rome – and for this reason they were called Romei – to reach the places where the tombs and memories of two of the pillars of the Christian faith can be found: St. Peter and St. Paul. The faithful pilgrims and walkers, in order to progress on a path of Christian faith reinvigorated and strengthened in their spirits, would venerate the tombs of these two fundamental figures of faith to pray to draw on their strength
stages of their visits were especially the Basilica of St.Peter and the Basilica of St. Paul out of the wall to venerate their tombs.
The Testimonium is a certificate that is issued at the end of the pilgrimage to Rome. Every pilgrim who can prove that they completed the pilgrimage on foot, by bicycle or on horseback can obtain the Testimonium. To prove that the pilgrimage has been completed, the pilgrims must have and show the Pilgrim’s Credential, with the stamps of the places of transit or rest
Where and when obtain it
At the sacristy of St. Peter’s Basilica (it is possible to ask for the direct entrance to the Swiss Guards on the left side of the churchyard, thus avoiding the queue to enter the Basilica; in this way, however, it is not possible to visit the Basilica but only St. Peter’s sepulcher; otherwise, it is possible to queue to visit the Basilica and from the inside, then go to the Sacristy).
Opening hours: every day (except Wednesday and Sunday) from 9:30 to 12:30
Info: Mr. Menna, Tel . +39 06 69883731 +39 06 69883731
The Testimonium can also be picked up at the Centro San Lorenzo, every day from 11:00 to 17:00, thanks to the collaboration between Centro San Lorenzo and the volunteers of the Confraternita San Giacomo.
The Centro San Lorenzo is located in Via Pfeiffer 24, the first street on the right of Via della Conciliazione (starting from Piazza San Pietro) and is indicated by signs
It is also possible to ask for the Testimonium by writing via ordinary mail a to Fabbrica di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org va attaching a photocopy of an identity document and the Pilgrim’s Credential.
To know the hours of the Holy Masses on weekdays and holidays and for information about the Perpetual Adoration in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, please visit the official website of St. Peter’s Basilica.
The catacombs are underground tunnels that were used for several centuries as burial places. These constructions began to be built from the second century until the fifth century, to house the bodies of pagans, Jews and early Christians.
In Rome there are more than sixty catacombs, with one hundred kilometers of underground tunnels, where many tombs can be found. Currently only five are open to the public:
This is a walking route practiced already in the past, but formalized and revitalized by St. Philip Neri in the mid-16th century. In its original form, it consists of a circular route of about 20 km that touches the main churches of Rome at the time when the Saint lived. The first four are the major Papal Basilicas: