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Rome: Scala Santa – the Holy Stairs

Today our group went to the airport very early in the morning leaving six of us behind. Together with Mary Catherine and Taren, we have decided to see the Holy Stairs. It has been an amazing experience. Notice the soldiers at the entrance to the sanctuary: I would like to …

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Rome: Le Terme del Colosseo

Our group trip to Cyprus, Malta and Rome has come to an end. Pat always makes sure that we have our goodbye dinner in a special place. This time it was in Le Terme del Colosseo, near the Colosseum: The food was delicious but the highlight of the evening were …

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Our Roman Holiday

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Santa Maria was built on the summit of the Esquiline Hill in the 5th century. The great interior retains its original 5th-century structure, despite the basilica having been much altered over the centuries. Some of these mosaics are from the 5th century. During our visit …

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Tivoli: Villa d’Este

Villa d’Este. In Tivoli’s hilltop centre, the steeply terraced gardens of Villa d’Este are a superlative example of the High Renaissance garden, dotted by fantastical fountains that are all powered by gravity alone, without pumps. The villa was once a Benedictine convent, converted by Lucrezia Borgia’s son, Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, …

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Tivoli: Villa Adriana

Tivoli. For millennia, the hilltop town of Tivoli has been a summer escape for rich Romans, as amply demonstrated by its two Unesco World Heritage sites: Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este. Villa Adriana. Many powerful Romans had villas around Tivoli in ancient times, and this site is Emperor Hadrian’s summer …

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Our day in Rome

Dear friends, today we spent the entire day touring Rome. I am posting some highlights from our first visit to this Eternal City. First the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls: Very drastic security measures since February. Entering the area of the Basilica requires walking through a metal detector. …

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We are in Rome!!!

Hello everyone, we are in Rome, in Italy! Our flight was delayed but we got here safely. We were also able to follow our itinerary and visit what was planned for today – Ostia Antica. Ostia Antica. Located 25km from Rome, this ancient Roman city was a busy working port …

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Malta: My dreams come alive

The best way to say goodbye to Malta is to read this poem, written by one of our group members, Nubia. Nubia wrote this poem in Spanish and in English: Sola Solitaria y altiva en medio del azul del mar y el firmamento está la roca buscando la unidad y …

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Malta: Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

This weekend, Valletta celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Here is the church: This statue of Our Lady will by carried through the beautifully decorated streets of Valletta: And here are the streets: Today, on Saturday July 16, some of us had a chance to see the …

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Ancient Malta: The Tarxien Temples and the Cave of Darkness

Today we had a chance to visit prehistoric temples, dating from 3300BC: The Tarxien Temples were discovered in 1914. The site was accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 along with the other Megalithic temples on the island of Malta and Gozo. The Tarxien Temples site is a …

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