Assisi: San Damiano

It is an easy 15 minute walk from Assisi’s Porta Nuova to the church and convent of San Damiano down in the valley. Visitors looking for great art and architecture are likely to be disappointed here, but the place is of immense spiritual importance. In 1205, Franciscus of Assisi was…

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Rome: Il Gesù

The Santissimo Nome di Gesù all’Argentina – simply called Il Gesù by just about anyone – is the mother church of the Jesuit Order. Although founded in 1534 and approved six years later, the Order did not provide the Catholic Church with a pope until 2013, when Jorge Mario Bergoglio…

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Rome: Palazzo Venezia

Almost every tourist visiting Rome will know the Piazza Venezia, the large square in front of the rather pompous Altare della Patria, the monument for Victor Emmanuel II, Italy’s first king. Most people will also know about the Palazzo Venezia to the west of the square, and about the balcony…

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Rome: Sant’Agata dei Goti

One of the most confusing things about the small church of Sant’Agata dei Goti is that it is not located in the Via di Sant’Agata de Goti. This streets runs just to the south of the church. The Sant’Agata has its main entrance on the Via Mazzarino and a side…

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