Today, I’m sharing with you my unforgettable memories in Rome, Italy. We landed at Fuimicino Roma airport on Christmas’ eve in 2014. Italy is the second European country I visited so far. After passing the visa services and claimed our luggage, we have been welcomed by a fresh and cold air. But not snowing.
Once our Check- in done at our hotel, we were so excited to start our exploration. We bought first a bus ticket and headed to the Major Maggoria church place. The Basilica of Saint Mary Major, or church of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome.
It is now agreed that the present church was built under Celestine I (422–432) not underPope Sixtus III(432–440), who consecrated the basilica on the 5th of August 434 to the Virgin Mary. The original architecture of Santa Maria Maggiore was classical and traditionally Roman perhaps to convey the idea that Santa Maria Maggiore represented old imperial Rome as well as its Christian future. The mosaics found in Santa Maria Maggiore are one of the oldest representations of the Virgin Mary in Christian Late Antiquity . (source : wikipedia)
After visiting the church and refreshing our spirit and our faith , we took our first lunch, a delicious Pasta Italiano. We noticed as well that restaurant were being closed at 2pm. So, we ate a bit quickly, drank the tasty espresso Italiano and took a lot of photos outside. Rome is a very Touristic City. Many tourists around us had a booklet guide or looked at google map .
We continued to wander around till late at night, enjoying the magical Christmas’ eve. We were quite impressed by what we had seen from our first stay and enchanted by this city with ancient infrastructures and full of stories. Tired by the jet lag, we went back to our hotel, planning our visit to Vatican tomorrow. So, I’ll post this Rome tour for the next following days.
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