Rome. What comes to mind when you think of this city? For some, it is the pizza. For others, the crazy drivers. Or perhaps the pasta, gelatto, siestas, espresso, fashion, museums, love… the list goes on and on.
When I think of Rome, I think of the early Church and her history. I picture the architecture of the incredible churches and monuments. Of the cobblestone streets on which countless saints have walked.
Roma is home to many famous historical sites like the Colesseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain and the Roman ruins. The winding streets of the city, never cease to provide new and amazing historical treasures. Take for instance the 900 churches/chapels that are in Rome alone. Not only are these churches incredible on the outside, but their interior structure and design is often breathtaking.
There is something so unique and magical about the city of Rome. It is not difficult to find beautiful places, structures and designs. I have often asked people traveling through Europe, what their favourite place to visit was. Time and time again, they choose Rome. They speak to the food, the culture, but almost always, about the historical architecture and the Church history.
I think people are drawn to Rome, because it represents an ongoing history and tradition. These sites, churches and events have been preserved and upheld for thousand of years. You can walk into a church, hundreds, or even thousands of years old, and participate in mass. This mass, is the same mass that began at the time of the disciples. So when tourists come to Rome, whether or not they realize it, they are completely immersed in the history of the Church. Yet, unlike most historical realities, the Catholic history is not something only of the past. The beliefs, traditions and Church itself, exists today.
Rome is and will always be a destination of beauty. Not only does the culture, food and people contribute it’s appeal, but the history and tradition of the Catholic church. If you have never been, I would recommend Rome for your bucket list. As some have said, Rome Sweet Home. I couldn’t agree more.