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The Things You Find in Churches

Posted by Heliocentrism on April 15, 2018

October 18th – 24th, 2017

The Pantheon

When we walked through the museums of Athens, I felt like Mark and I were going through dead people’s things. But in Rome, we passed that and just rummaged through the dead people themselves. There were many churches that had corpses of nuns on display or skeletons clutching prayer books. We didn’t go to all of them for a lack of time. But, that didn’t mean we didn’t see some interesting things.

The Mouth of Truth

We went to see the Mouth of Truth at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin. This disc was made famous by some movie I’ve never heard of. I know of the Mouth of Truth, but not of the movie that made it famous.

To get to the point where you can stick your hand into the mouth, which may have been some sort of drain cover in the 2nd century, Mark and I had to stand in line for about half an hour. Closer to the end of the line is a donation box so confident that you will add to the collection, that it thanks you for your contribution before you even check your pockets for change.

St. Valentine’s skull

After you’ve snapped your photo you are led into the church. Right away you are presented with relics. One of them is St. Valentine’s skull.

We came to stick our hands into a pagan disc’s mouth and we were shown the skull of a saint. But wait; there’s more! For another donation, we could see the crypt of some pope name Hadrian or Adrian. His name kept changing on the information board for his crypt. Oh yes, we donated and took the creepy stairs down to the cold and dark crypt.

Hadrian

I was disappointed. I thought we were going to see Hadrian, the emperor who couldn’t stop building things. We visited his mausoleum earlier that day, only to find that he was no longer there. Well, he wasn’t here either, because this Hadrian was a pope not an emperor.

At San Pietro in Vincoli we saw a sculpture done by Michelangelo. It is of Moses with horns. The horns come about from someone’s mistranslation of a verse in the bible.

Also in the same church are some chains welded by St. Peter. I don’t completely understand how he welded the chains, since the joining happened long after Peter’s death… But, whatever.

At the Pantheon, which is now a Catholic church, we found the crypt of Raphael and the women for whom many think the Margherita pizza is named. Her crypt is behind the big purple one of her husband’s. He was some sort of king of Italy. Who remember’s now? He was some guy married to a woman for whom a famous pizza was named.


Italy

How to get there:

You can enter this country by land, water, or air.

Phone:

  • 113 – police
  • 115 – fire
  • 118 – first aid

Website:

Data:

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Books: 

Notes:

  • Many of the streets and walkways are paved in cobblestones making it harder to walk on with the wrong type of shoes.
  • Apparently, you can drink from any of the water fountains you see.
  • Watch out for pick-pockets.
  • Get your tickets ahead of time when going to see popular things.
  • You never know when you might what to check out a basilica. So, make sure to dress properly, or you won’t be let in.
    • Not shorts. Make sure that at least your knees are covered.
    • No sleeveless shirts.

Transportation

  • To use the bus, tram, or metro, you will need to buy a ticket.
    • For the metro you can buy the pass at the metro station.
    • For the bus or train, you will need to buy the pass at a shop that sells bus tickets. They are usually the same place where you can buy cigarettes or lotto tickets.
    • The metro pass and the bus pass are the same thing.
      • The pass lasts for 100 minutes from the time they are activated.
      • They are activated when you scan them to get into the metro or on the bus.
      • They allow only one scan into the metro, but unlimited bus rides for the 100 minutes.
        • e.g., You can do a round-trip by bus, but not by metro (if it’s done within 100 minutes).

Colosseum

Basic Information

Website

Downloads:

Cost:

Hours:

  • 8:30 – 19:00

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Books:

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Capitoline Museums

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  •  € 15,00
  • Included in the Roma Pass
    • € 9,50
  • Video Guide – € 6.00

Hours:

  • 9:30 – 19:30

Notes:


Castel Sant’Angelo

Basic Information

Website

Downloads:

Cost:

  •  € 14,00
  • Included in the Roma Pass
    • Concession – € 7.00

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 19:30

Notes:

  • You can use their wifi to download the audio guide, but it’s faster to just use your data.
  • The audio guide’s script is written on all the walls, with no extra information.

Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  •  € 12,00
  • Included in the Roma Pass
    • Concession – € 8.00

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 18:30

Notes:

  • This can only be seen with a guided tour, which must be book ahead of time.
    • You can book online, or just drop by if you’re in the area.
    • If you book online there is an extra €1.50 fee per ticket.
  • I highly recommend doing this tour.
    • The tours is of one ancient Roman house and a room in an adjacent home.
    • There is a lot of walking and standing.
  • They use lasers to recreate rooms of a house as it would have looked in Roman times.
  • The tour lasts for about 1.5 hours.
  • You cannot take photos inside.
  • You are not allowed to bring big bags on the tour, but there is a locker you can use.

Trajan’s Market

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

  • € 11,50
  • Included in the Roma Pass
    • Concession – € 9.50
  • Audio guide – € 6,00.

Hours:

  • 9:30 – 19:30

Notes:

  • Unless you get an audio guide, the information is mostly in Italian.

National Roman Museum

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

Hours:

  • 9:00 – 18:00
  • Closed Mondays

Notes:

  • These are 4 museums for the price of one.

Villa Torlonia

Basic Information

Website

Cost:

Hours:

  • 9.00 – 19.00
  • Closed Mondays

Video

Notes:

  • This was Mussolini’s bunker.
  • Sometimes the bunker is not available for viewing.

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