PASSETTO DI BORGO

PASSETTO DI BORGO

Did you know that in the Vatican there is a secret Medieval Passageway? The Passetto di Borgo is a secret pedestrian passageway linking the papal residence in the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo. It is 800 metres long and was created to facilitate a swift escape...
THE COLONNADES OF ST. PETER’S

THE COLONNADES OF ST. PETER’S

The history of the colonnades of St. Peter’s Square The façade of Saint Peter’s was completed in 1614 and it was deemed necessary to rework the space in front of it, in order to exalt the jewel of a basilica that had cost a century of hard work. The only fixed point...
CHRISTMAS IN ST. PETER’S SQUARE

CHRISTMAS IN ST. PETER’S SQUARE

December 2018: It’s Christmas in St. Peter’s Square! The symbols of Christmas are shining in St Peter’s Square, surrounded by Bernini’s columns, to bring cheer to the Romans, the faithful and tourists alike. The tree and the presepe, the nativity scene, were...
JOHN PAUL II

JOHN PAUL II

Saint John Paul II The 16th of October 2018 was the 40° anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II. Karol Józef Wojtyla was born to a devoted family on the 18th of March 1920 in Wadowice (near Kraków). His mother died when he was nine years old, and he then...
The relics of the Passion of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica

The relics of the Passion of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica

The mysteries of the relics of the Passion of Christ in St. Peter’s Basilica Relics are bodies or objects that have come into contact with the divine and are revered for their spiritual power, performing miracles and healing. The cult of relics originates from...
The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

The Baldacchino in Saint Peter’s Basilica

Baroque restyling of an ancient sacral symbol Baldacchino is a term that dates back to the Middle Ages, that indicates a richly decorated structure created to protect people or important objects. The word “Baldacco”, however, referred to Baghdad,...