Rome, Italy 2018, Part 1:

After Israel I flew to Rome, a city i’ve never been to. I stayed at at nice Airbnb close to the center of the city. I did a lot of sightseeing in Rome and took a lot of pictures, so i’ll mostly let the pictures do the talking.

First stop was Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano; “It is the oldest and highest ranking of the four papal major basilicas, giving it the unique title of “archbasilica”. Because it is the oldest public church in the city of Rome, also it is the oldest and most important basilica of the Western world, [2] and houses the cathedra of the Roman bishop,[3][4] it has the title of ecumenical mother church of the Catholic faithful.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archbasilica_of_St._John_Lateran)

Baths of Caracalla; The city’s second largest Roman public baths, likely built between AD 212 217, during the reigns of emperors Septimius Severus and Caracalla. They were in operation until the 530s and then fell into disuse and ruin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baths_of_Caracalla).

I really enjoyed the baths, the VR goggles made it easier to imagine exactly what the Baths looked like at the time, similar to a modern day YMCA, with swimming pools and areas for exercise and recreation.

Across from Basilica di San Giovanni is Scala Sancta, a smaller church known for the “Holy Stairs,” where people kneel to the top of the stairs.”The Holy Stairs lead to the Church of St. Lawrence in Palatio or simply the “Sancta Sanctorum” , which was the personal chapel of the early Popes.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scala_Sancta).

A nice stroll along the Tiber River then through Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and venue for mass gatherings.

Tempio Maggiore di Roma, the largest Jewish synagogue in Rome. In 1982 it was attacked by armed Palestinian militants. There is a museum as well.

Part 2 to of Rome coming soon, thanks for checking out my blog!

-Ben