Having a single day in Rome and having seen all the typical sites before, I decided to see if could visit all four major basilicas in one day. I bought a metro day pass...highly recommended...and set out to St. Paul's as it is furthest off the beaten path. Incredible! It was easy to get to...minutes from Termini station...and I think there were eight people in the entire place! This is the site in 1958 Pope John announced the Second Vatican Council to an expecting group of cardinals. It contains the remains of St. Paul...including the chains that supposedly bound him while in captivity. It is the second largest church in Rome and the gardens and courtyards are a beautiful as the church itself! While an old site, historically where St. Paul was buried after execution (hence outside the ancient walls), the ancient church burned down in the 1800's, the reconstruction was beautifully done. I can only speak for early December but while all the rest of the basilicas were packed, St. Paul's was an oasis of calm and peacefulness. I highly recommend it!!
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