Rome is an enormous museum all by itself, probably the biggest and richest in the world. Thousands of years of history have left a wealth of treasures that today form an extraordinary artistic and monumental heritage. We expect to organize some excursions for participants and accompanying persons.
The year 2000 is Jubilee Year or Holy Year. The first Christian Jubilee was instituted by Pope Boniface VIII in 1300. This decision gave new dimension and significance to the pilgrimage to Rome, i.e. visiting the tombs of the apostles Peter and Paul. Until 1475 the Jubilee was celebrated every 50 years and, since then, every 25 years. In order to obtain the plenary indulgence, pilgrims are required to visit a number of churches: St Peter, St Paul, S. Giovanni in Laterano, S. Maria Maggiore, S. Lorenzo fuori le Mura, S. Maria in Trastevere and S. Maria Rotonda. In 1983 the Pope, John Paul II, proclaimed the celebration of the Jubilee of Redemption so as to commemorate the 1950th anniversary of the death of Jesus and "to bring forward a dignified preparation for the Holy Year 2000".
Rome -- in Italian only!