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St. Benedict in Rome Walking Tour

St. Benedict in Rome Walking Tour

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Discover and explore the places associated with St. Benedict and his monasticism on the Aventine Hill and in Trastevere in Rome. This is a fantastic tour for all those interested in Benedictine Spirituality and St. Benedict's link with Rome.

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  • Follow in the steps of St. Benedict visiting the import sights in Rome connected to his journey in the city
  • Take in unforgettable views through the famous keyhole and from the romantic orange garden
  • Visit various sacred and holy places throughout the city
  • Learn about the life of St. Benedict and other early figures in the development of Western Christianity
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You begin at the mother house of the Benedictine Order - Sant Anselmo, to learn more about the monastic origins, the twists and turns of its development through history, and the structure of the Order of St. Benedict today. From this overview, you will peer through the breathtaking keyhole of Rome - famous for the view that lies beyond, before you journey on to the motherhouse of the Dominican Order - Santa Sabina, where St. Dominic and his later saintly sons once lived including St. Thomas Aquinas. You then go next door into the romantic and stunning orange garden with breathtaking views over the city of Rome before venturing down the hill, past Circus Maximus to visit the skull of St. Valentine and the famous Mouth of Truth. Ambling on, you pass through ancient Roman temples before stopping briefly outside the Jewish synagogue in Rome to learn about the Jewish struggles. Next, you will venture onto the ancient Tiber Island with reflection on St. Benedict and ecumenism before visiting the relics of the Holy Apostle St Bartholomew and the shrines of the 20th and 21st-century martyrs. Strolling a little further, you will come to the family home of St. Benedict where he once lived in Rome before venturing off to discover his monastic calling. Winding through the charming narrow streets of Trastevere we find the hidden gem of the Abbey of St. Cecelia's built over the house where the Roman Cecelia was martyred in the first centuries. You will learn about Gregorian chant with the convent of Benedictine nuns there and see the relics of St Cecilia. Finally, you will end up in the center of Trastevere at the famous and ancient Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere to learn about its history and beauty before meandering off into the crowds for a cool gelato.
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  • Entrance Fees where applicable
  • Tips
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  • People with mobility impairments

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Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta on the Avertine Hill

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  •  Entering churches and secret places requires dressing appropriately
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