"Why today a Jubilee of Mercy? Simply because it's the Church, in this time of great historic changes, is called to offer more strongly the signs of the presence and closeness of God"
Said Papa Francesco starting the Jubilee which opened its doors on 8 December, 2015, and will end on 20 November 2016.
For those wishing to have this experience in Rome propose a route of the Pilgrim that parts from the Basilica of St. John "The first papal residence "in the Lateran reached by taking the Metro stop" S. Giovanni "come out of the metro pass through the arches of the wall and go left; just ahead there is the ancient basilica. It is open daily from 07.00 to 18.30. It is interesting to visit because inside the basilica there are the relics preserved in the tabernacle of the heads of St. Peter and Paul.
Also you can see the fragment of the fresco by Giotto depicting Boniface VIII that causes the Jubilee of 1300. From S John in the Lateran square you have to go straight pass by the Lateran palace and the Obelisk after which you have to take Via dei SS four it is a road that will take you straight to the magnificent Colosseum; it is another monument to visit along the way. Open daily from 08.00 until the evening one ticket costs 12 euro. The advice is to admire it from the outside and continue along the old route of the Imperial Fora it is the ancient street where remains to these days the strong environmental impact left after centuries by the ancient Romans.
Following this road you can see on the right and on the left the old forums: the Roman Forum, the Forum of Augustus and Trajan which ends with the wonderful Trajan's Column. Directing the gaze at the top you can admire the Trajan Markets. Going straight, to the Coliseum go to the Piazza Venezia with the altar of the homeland a symbol of the unification of Italy with the ever burning flame of the Unknown Soldier protected day and night.
One reason for interest in this jubilee walk is also the discovery of places and hidden treasures of the capital. Going back to Via dei Fori Imperiali, turn left and take Via S. Pietro in prison, here you can admire the Mamertine Prison, which was the prison of Saints Peter and Paul. Continuing you will find, after a while The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, located in Piazza del Campidoglio, the political heart of the city of Rome. You can take pictures of the Capitoline Wolf that fed milk Romulus and Remus.
After that on the right with his back to the piazza del Capidoglio you can climb the 124 steps that will take you in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. Then you can head to Via del Teatro Marcello, turn right onto Via Montanara and Piazza Campitelli. After the church of Santa Maria in Portico in Campitelli enter Via dei Funari where you can admire the fountain of Turtles perhaps built by Giacomo Della porta in 1581 located in Piazza Mazzei. Continue from there along the via dei Falegnami you will find small art shops. Now you have entered the Jewish Ghetto in Rome.
I recommend a short tour and if you come at lunchtime stop in some typical restaurant in Via del Portico d'Ottavia. Still going along at the end of the Via dei Falegnami there is the Church of San Carlo in Catinari built in 1611. After a brief visit to the church go beyond Piazza Benedetto Cairoli going in the via of Santa Maria in Monticelli after a while becomes Piazza San Paolo alla Regola.
From here we continue the walk from the church of SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini was built in the sixteenth century. Going on via Capodiferro you will arrive in Piazza Farnese here you can admire the Palazzo Farnese current French Embassy, turn left to the via del Mascherone and then right on Via Giulia, at the end of this street you will find the church of the San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, national Florentine church. Take via Paola that will take you to the Ponte Sant’angelo, in front of it you will see the imposing the Castel Sant'Angelo here you are almost! Of course, your path is almost over, take the via della Coinciliazione go straight you arrive at Piazza San Pietro if you come so far it's here that ends your journey of faith and joy. We recommend to visit the basilica and the dome of St. Peter where you can see all of Rome. The final part of the journey is reserved for pilgrims registered so you may want to register on the official website http://www.im.va/content/gdm/it.html jubilee in order to enter the Holy Door.
Author: Luisanna Vespa