Thursday, 3 November 2011

Ups and downs of Rome!

I just thought I would put down the top 10 and bottom 10 things we did in Rome!
1. EF Mass at the Altar of the Transfiguration St. Peter's 7:00am (ok time is not so good!)  Fr. Mark Withoos. (Thank you!)
2. St Paul's outside the walls. (An unexpected favourite for Mom. It was her favourite Major Basilica.)
3.Gesu et Maria on the Via del Corso, the ICKSP say Mass there every Sunday. It was their patronal feast on Sunday. Mass was beautiful with benediction with a ciborium after Mass! The Infant of Prague is beautiful.
4. Going up the dome in St. Peter's. There are some amazing views of Rome from the top. ( The number of stairs you have to climb to get to it is not so good!)
5. Pizza napoli everywhere!
Me eating pizza napoli!
6. The Vatican gardens bus tour. Very relaxing after all the walking plus the bus almost to ourselves. Also there is a 3 hour walking tour not so relaxing and the bus kept getting in their way!
7. Pizza napoli...
8. The Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel at night. No crowds, St. Peters by moonlight, lovely, beautiful, fantastic stunning... Did I mention the pizza napoli after that? (Mom couldn't have one because she's a pescatarian and it was a Friday). We had to wait between 45-55 minutes for it. We didn't get to sleep until midnight because of the wait! (Maybe this should be on the downs!)
9. San Clemente: 1 Church, 4 or 5 layers of history and a very nice ice cream shop across the road!
10. Chiesa Nuova;the Roman Oratory. It makes it on to this list because of St. Philip Neri's tomb.  We were actually a little disappointed with the rest of the church, which also has a versus populum altar..tut tut. We are actually just a bit spoilt because the Birmingham Oratory is so beautiful. From what we could see, Birmingham also has more people there for Sunday Mass.

The Downs will be coming up next post because I have run out of time!


  1. Charlie:

    You mention that your family attended Mass in St Peter's Basilica, offered by Fr Mark Withoos. I know him. Did you know him before you met him there?

    Priest in Oregon, USA

  2. Hi Father,
    No, we asked him to bless some rosaries after Mass, and he asked where we were from. He was heading home to Australia that day.
    Hope this helps!

  3. Aha! That might explain why he hasn't answered my email message of 6 November. He might still be "down under". :-)


  4. Father, please could you contact me via my moms email
    Thanks very much! Charlie

  5. I did, but received no reply.

    Fr A

  6. Just heard from him today . . . finally! He's evidently back in Rome now.

  7. Laudetur Jesus Christus et Maria Immaculata!
    Dear Father, thanks for letting me know! Happy Easter!

  8. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work.