walking into Rome after a 2000 km journey…..
One leaves a city alone for 2000 years and what happens. It becomes a ruin. I’m talking about Rome of course.
Our journey- the Via Francigena, part walking, part public transport began 2000 km away in Canterbury, England. Crossing the Alps was fantastic – via St Bernard’s Pass.
The day before we arrived in Rome we had overnighted in Capranica. The next morning we boarded a bus to visit Veio, the ancient Etruscan capital of this area.
After Veio we made our way to the fantastically historic Milvian Bridge, the turning point in the fortunes for the fledgling Christian groups spread around the Roman Empire.
Constantine the Great
It was here that Constantine the Great had a vision of his victory over Maxentius under the ‘Chi Rho’ banner. Constantine won the battle next day and was soon on his way to be the sole ruler of the Roman empire.
We walked along the old Via Flaminia to the Porto del Popolo and then along the Tiber River.
Across the Ponte Sant’Angelo and finally to Piazza San Pietro. Imperial Rome was in ruins, but it had been superceeded by Christian Rome.
What is it about Rome….
What is it about Rome that attracts such global empires? Was it the Seven Hills and easy access to water? Where there an abundance of Ley Lines?
Whatever it was – the old Roman Empire was transformed into an equally powerful, controlling Holy Roman Church.