BEST OF ITALY
In his humility Saint Francis asked to be buried there, and it became known as the Hill of Paradise . The church contains his tomb and
many great works of art. Overnight in Rome area. Day 9 - Rome, Catacombs, St. Paul Outside the Walls
This morning visit the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The present structure stands over the place where Emperor Constantine built the first church over the grave of Paul the Apostle. Step beneath the surface into the Catacombs of Callixtus built along the Appian Way. Explore the romance of Rome as you climb the graceful Spanish Steps and stop at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend says those who toss a coin into the fountain will one day return to Rome to toss another into the waters of Trevi. Day 10 - Christian Rome Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Vatican’s Museums, which houses a world-renowned collection of art and antiquities. The tour will include the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo painted the ceiling between 1508 and 1512 and later painted The Last Judgment . Then walk through St. Peter’s Basilica, built over the Byzantine and Middle Ages structures that marked the tomb of the Apostle Peter. Finish the day at the Pantheon, built by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD). Emperor Hadrian rebuilt it around 126 AD. Day 11 - Ancient Rome Begin today by exploring the many wonders of ancient Rome including the magnificent Colosseum. From the most sacred hill of ancient Rome, Campidoglio, view the Forum. See the Circus Maximus, Arch of Titus, famous Baths of Caracalla and Arch of Constantine as well as the Victor Emmanuel Monument and the Monti Region, Rome’s most ancient neighborhood which spreads over three of her seven hills. This afternoon is free to explore on your own or rest for the return flight home. Day 12 - Depart Rome and Return to USA
Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau. The tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2022. It is regarded as the most important Passion Play in the world. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 500,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests. A special law is in effect to ensure that all actors of the world’s largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village. All participants, from actors playing the big speaking parts such as Jesus, Mary or Judas, through members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years. Over 2,000 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2022 Passion Play.
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