As part of celebrations surrounding the beatification of Pope John Paul II, the Lanuvium agency is offering the following itinerary for the Mariano trail: Day one: Monte Compatri –St. Nilus-Ariccia- Albano
Arrive in the morning and meet the agency’s guide and leave for Monte Compatri, a tranquil and secluded city in the Roman hills with the characeryistic feature of cellars dig into the tufo rock in the houses situated in the old town. Visit to the Convent of St Sylvester, a seventeenth century complex run by the Discalced Carmelites, now used as a picture gallery with valuable paintings from the mannerist and Caravaggio schools. Travel to Grottaferrata with a visit to the centuries-old abbey of St Nilus, founded in 1004, practising the Catholic Byzantine ritual. Inside the abbey there are wonderful frescoes by Domenichino. Continue on to Ariccia, where sites not to be missed are the Church of S. Maria della Rotonda and the sanctuary of Galloro, architectural and artistic masterpieces from the Bernini baroque school. The sanctuary is dedicated to the miraculous image of Our Lady of Galloro and has always been a popular place for Popes to visit.
Day two ROME: Mariano worship in the capital Leave for Rome. Visit to the Basilica of S. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs at the Terme di Roma, the last major architectural project undertaken by Michelangelo, a monument of history, faith, art and science. The trail continues with the Basilica of Saint Mary in Ara Coeli, situated on Campidoglio hill. It owes its name to a legend that claims the Church was the place where Augustus had a vision of a beautiful woman holding a child in her arms, and heard a voice that said “This is the altar of the son of god”. The tour continues with the visit to Santa Maria Maggiore. The basilica is also known as Saint Mary of the Snow or the Liberian basilica (from the name of its original founder Pope Liberius), and it is one of the four Papal basilicas in Rome. Situated on the summit of the Esquilino hill it is the only one to have preserved the primitive structure from early Christianity, which was later embellished with later additions. Lunchtime free.
The next stop is in Trastevere, with its pretty Trilussa square. The main square which is the hub of this district, is named after the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, which is the oldest basilica in Rome, built in 222 AD by Pope San Callistus. Inside you can see the wonderful mosaics situated in this ancient church. Then we move on to the Church of Santa Cecilia, where Pope Urban I had the body of the martyr Cecilia buried among those of the bishops.
Day three Lanuvio-Velletri Leave for Velletri for the visit to the Church of Saint Mary of Trivio, an annex to the elegant medieval tower of Trivio, which was designed by Carlo Maderno with work starting on the building at the start of the 17th century. The tour then heads for the monumental area of the Cathedral of St. Clement, a very important sacred building with a seventeenth appearance, built on the ruins of a Roman temple dedicated to Mars. The next stop is Lanuvio, an ancient pre-Roman city. Visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Graces, the most important religious monument in Lanuvio dating back to the thirteenth century, constructed on the pre-existing Roman Church that can still be seen today. On the left hand side inside the church there is a gothic window. Once the visit is over its time to leave for home. The Mariano trail can also be taken all year round, and in addition, the Lanuvium agency offers a variety of accommodation solutions and sophisticated services. Below you will find the contact information for more details about the services available.