on October 17, 2009
For anyone who is planning a first time visit to Rome and Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica is the largest daily free event offered just about anywhere. Visits are open to the general public of any or no religious denomination. All you have to do is get in line. Be advised that the line is usually long, even in October. However, it does move quickly. For anyone who might want to attend the Pope's General Audience, held most Wednesday mornings when the the Pope is not on a trip, free tickets can be requested on line. Some suggest that you go to your Parish church to put in your request. I discovered that I could make my request by email to the American Catholic church in Rome; The Church of Santa Susanna to the attention of the Parish Secretary. The email address is: Rosanna Shedid: firstname.lastname@example.org. The street address is Via Venti Settembre 15 00187, Roma, Italia. Telephone from the USA: 011-3906-4201-4554.I suggest putting in your request as soon as you made your other travel arrangements. The Vatican publishes the Pope's upcoming schedule only a few months in advance. I put in my request to Ms Shedid late in March for a visit the following October. it worked.After i arrived in Rome, I went to Santa Susanna which is not far from the central train station, Termini Station. My free tickets were waiting for me.Happy travels.
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