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Hotel Emmaus Rome

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Most of the buildings in this part of town date back to the late middle ages, when all of Rome was under the sovereignty of the church. Rome finally became part of a reunified Italy on October 9th 1870, after Napoleon withdrew his protective garrison to fight in the Franco-Prussian War, however, the Vatican has remained an independent city-state ever since, symbolically protected by the Swiss Guards who can be seen in and around the piazza of San Pietro's Basilica today.
The area directly in front of the piazza however, was demolished by Mussolini in order to build the spectacular thoroughfare Via dell Conciliazione, leading from St. Peter's to the River Bank – a stunning sight to behold at any time of year, but particularly at Christmas!

The view is particularly impressive at Christmas, when the church is lit up to party! The name Emmaus is taken from the Bible, and refers to that of an ancient city in Palestine where the disciples met Jesus as soon as he was resurrected.

Curiosity The uniforms worn by the Swiss Guards were designed by Michelangelo himself! Don't forget your long pants! Remember, to enter St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums, you have to wear long trousers. The staff at the entrance makes no exceptions!

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