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About rockinos

Recently retired and moved to Rome, Italy. It's a fantastic place, so we have started this blog to keep family and friends updated with a few details about our adventures.

032 Statistics

We have lived in Rome for 358 days and have seen 360 named sights. This includes 10 items in Vatican City, 161 churches, 45 museums, 45 sites of ruins of ancient Rome, 21 temporary exhibits, and 78 miscellaneous items. We … Continue reading

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031 Useful Links

There are several links we have used extensively during our stay in Rome. They have given meaning to the sights we were visiting. Rome Art Lovers Web Page This website contains everything you ever wanted to know about Rome. It … Continue reading

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030 The Conclave

We planned to go to the mass for the opening of the Conclave at 10:00 in Saint Peter’s Basilica. We left our apartment after our morning routines, went through security, and were inside the Basilica at 09:45. We should have … Continue reading

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029 Efficiency

Streets are narrow. Pedestrians, bicycles, motor scooters, cars and trucks share our street, Via Giulia, and many other streets in town. On our street, there are no pedestrian sidewalks, and cars are parked usually on both sides of the street. … Continue reading

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028 Epiphany Parade

Last Sunday was Epiphany, the day that commemorates, in the Western Christian churches, the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus. The magi represented the “’revelation to the Gentiles’ mentioned in Luke, where the term Gentile means all non-Jewish … Continue reading

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027 Early Churches

It is chilly in Rome, now. For three months of the year, low temperatures are in the mid 30’s Fahrenheit. It must have been winter when Paul was in Rome in the mid 60’s and asked Timothy to bring the … Continue reading

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026 Marian Churches

There are 900 churches in Rome (according to several websites). We have seen only a small fraction of them (about 12%). Of the ones we have seen, 24% are Marian (named after the Blessed Virgin Mary). Catholics have a special … Continue reading

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