THE 7 ESSENTIAL CHURCHES IN ROME TO VISIT by Noah Charney

You don’t need to be Catholic to appreciate the beauty of Rome’s 600-plus churches. While tourists head straight for St. Peter’s Basilica, the tradition since 1552 has been for pilgrims (and in-the-know tourists) to make a circuit of the Seven Pilgrimage Churches of Rome. Italian priest Filippo Neri led the first tour, taking along six or seven people; a decade later, the numbers had risen to 6,000.

 

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