churches and basilicas

Church of Purgatorio, Terracina

Church of Purgatorio in Terracina

Italy’s bigger cities, especially Rome, have plenty of churches to please those with morbid fascinations for skulls, skeletons, and saintly relics. Taken together, these churches and their contents provide a sort-of museum feel — creepy but not altogether isolating.… Read more...

Taking a break near the Milano Duomo

The Milano Duomo, Inside and Out

Milan's famed Duomo, also known as Santa Maria Nascente (Saint Mary of the Nativity), is that jagged, Gothic behemoth that defines the city's traditional skyline. The Duomo is also the second largest church in Italy.
Boy playing soccer in front of the Pantheon on Christmas Eve morning 2014

The Pantheon On Pentecost Sunday

Easter may have come and gone but the ceremonies and spectacles surrounding this holy time continue long after Easter Sunday mass at Saint Peter’s.

Fifty days after Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate Pentecost Sunday, a day when the Holy Spirit is … Read more...

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