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Pilgrims in Rome

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.

Testimonium

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 uffici@vicariato.va va attaching a photocopy of an identity document and the Pilgrim’s Credential.

St. Peter’s Basilica

The History

The visit – 1st part

The visit – 2nd part

Schedules of Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica

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.

Significant Places in Rome

On the steps of Saints Peter and Paul:

  • Archaeological Park of the Appian Way, where Peter and Paul passed through on their way to Rome.
  • The church of San Paolino alla Regola, where the first lodging of the Apostle Paul was found during the period of custodia militaris, during which he worked as a tent maker.
  • The church of Santa Maria in Via Lata, where, in an location of the first century now open to visitors in the underground crypt, Paul and Peter lived together with Luke.
  • The church of Santa Prisca, where Aquila and Prisca – wealthy leather merchants known in Corinth and baptized by Paul with the baptismal – lived inside the church located on the Aventine, according to the tradition.
  • The Basilica of the Three Fountains, where St. Paul was martyred.
  • The Church and Temple of San Pietro in Montorio, where the Apostle Peter was crucified upside down on the cross.
  • The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, where he was buried.
  • The Basilica of St. John Lateran, where the relics of the heads of the Apostles Peter and Paul are kept.
  • The Basilica of St. Peter’s where the tomb of the Saint is located (a visit to the necropolis below is also recommended).
  • The Mamertine Prison, where, according to tradition, Peter and Paul were imprisoned.

Catacombs:

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:

  • Catacombs of San Sebastiano
  • Catacombs of San Callisto
  • Catacombs of Priscilla
  • Catacombs of Domitilla
  • Catacombs of Sant’Agnese

Memories of Jerusalem in Rome:

  • San Giovanni in Laterano: visit the Baptistery and the Holy Staircase that Jesus walked during his trial before Pontius Pilate
  • The Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, where the relics of the Cross are preserved – these were found by Saint Helen, mother of Constantine, during excavations in Jerusalem in the area of the Calvary and the Holy Sepulchre, area where she then built the actual large church
  • The Colosseum, place of martyrdom of Christians, built with the treasure of the temple of Jerusalem
  • The church of Santa Sabina, where the “Ecclesia Ex Gentibus” (of the pagans) and the “Ecclesia ex Circumcisione” (of the Jews) are depicted.

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Pilgrimage of the 7 Churches:

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:

  • Basilica of St. John Lateran
  • Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican
  • Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
  • Basilica of Saint Mary Major
  • Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls
  • Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love

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