Hey Ray, you are welcome! Have fun - it's a beautiful church and an interesting walk.
Thanks Rick! Very useful info. I think I'm going to take the metro there and walk back. Thanks again.
Hi Ray, I stay at a hotel a short block and a half to the west of this church and have walked from this church to the Spanish Steps which (I think) is just a little west of the Embassy. I did this last March, I'm in my 60's, and it wasn't a bad walk. But should warn you, it's a little distance and not a direct, straight line walk. I did this trek at about 11 p.m. and felt totally safe. fyi: take the metro at the Spanish Steps to Termini Station and then it's a 2 or 3 block walk from the northwest end of the Station to the northeast end of the Church. Have fun and if you make it to the Church you can go down the hill to west on via Cavour and you're in the area of the Coloseum and Forum in about 10 to 15 minutes, then the metro back to Termini or the Spanish Steps. Hope that helps and wasn't too much info.
I want to visit this church when I go to Rome in October, I'll be staying in Via Venetto across the street from the American embassy. Can I walk from there to this site?
May God bless those soldiers standing there all day protecting people or being ready to protect them if needed.
Happy New Year!
The Euros obviously do a lot of strolling and walking. It good for weight and health!
I don't mind the soldiers, they make me feel safe.
No more soldiers. Haven't seen one since Saturday.
Hi again Gert, There are soldiers at many, many of the sites throughout Rome and Italy. At the Cathedral in Milan is where I saw the largest number of military (and the airport at Rome). There is a high visibility of Rome's police officers at many of the monument sites too. I've felt totally safe in Rome, Milan and Venice. Naples was okay but seems a lot of people trying to borrow items out of your pockets. Overall I've felt totally safe in Italy and the Vatican from serious crime and any terrorist threats. I guess I should knock on wood after having made those statements!!!! Italy is a great place to visit (especially Rome). I've felt safer in Rome, day and night, than in many places in the States - but, still, be careful wherever you're traveling.
Rick, thanks but as I watch a lot of the Italian webcams this is the only one where I've seen soldiers with guns. It's sad that the world has come to this.
Hi Gert, the threat of terrorism to the Christian sites is a grave concern. This church is one of the most important in Rome. This church is only a couple of blocks from the main train station in Rome, Termini. For years there's been a police presence around famous sites in Rome, some armed with machine guns - pistol caliber. Now with the terrorist attacks throughout Europe they have placed the military around many sites, armed with rifle caliber machine guns, .308 cal, they mean business. This appears to be an effective deterrent to the terrorist so far. A note: don't take pictures of the soldiers, they will scold, take your camera or even arrest you - I've seen it happen.
Why is there a police officer/soldier with a gun outside of the Basilica?