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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
Yesterday was Rome’s biggest feast day, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.
If you ever have a chance to be in Rome on June 29th, you’ll definitely love the experience.
Starting late on June 28th, nearly 100 people gather on via della Conciliazione, the road leading to Saint Peter’s Basilica, to decorate the street in floral carpets, called infioratori.
These artists work overnight creating some beautiful designs using flowers, saw dust, coffee grounds, and colored sand.
After taking a few years off, this year the artists returned
In the evening there’s a firework show designed by Michelangelo and perfected by Bernini. It takes place at Castel Sant’Angelo. I am not a fan of fireworks since they frighten and confuse animals, but as far as firework shows go, most of the ones they use here are quiet.
Fireworks rarely look good in photographs, but here are a few shots I took from my terrace…
Looking to go on pilgrimage this year?
Holy Land and Jordan in September – I’ve already submitted all the names, but if you are interested, I can try for another room.
Fatima to Lourdes in September – I have space for two more.
Danube River Cruise in October – a few cabins remain.
Rome, Just Rome: Thanksgiving Edition – 3 more spots.
And that’s it! Everything else is completely sold out for 2023 and I’ll be traveling nonstop with my groups from mid-August until mid-December. I think I have a total of 10 days off during that time. Lithuania, Poland, Israel, Jordan, Portugal, Spain, France, Rome, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Israel and Jordan again, Rome again, and finally Rome yet again.
Thank you to all who are traveling with me!
For those coming to Rome in July, remember all Papal Audiences are suspended for the month, as is the custom of Pope Francis.
Thank you all for your continued support! 🧡