Our altarserver Karl Curmi, one of the fifteen altarboys from our parish who, accompanied by their parents, visited Rome last week, shares with us some memories of their holiday in the Eternal City.

All roads lead to Rome, and that was our destination this summer’s vacation. The days from the 23rd till the 27th of July were special for us altarboys, some parents, seminarian Anthony Joe Borg and the Archpriest.

We stayed at a guesthouse, a stone’s throw away from Rome’s Cathedral, San Giovanni in Laterano. Though this was a close site to visit, our first destination was the Basilica of San Giorgio al Velabro, where our island’s Patron Saint’s head is kept.


At Rome, we also visited lots of churches including the four Major Basilicas of Saint Peter, Santa Maria Maggiore, San Paolo fuori le mura and the Lateran. One must not forget to mention the Colosseum, the Aventino, Fontana di Trevi, Via dei Fori Imperiali, the Catacombs, Cappella Sistina and the Vatican Museums. On Thursday, we visited Assisi and Orvieto, two and a half hours away by bus.

Our tourist guide, the Archpriest, knew well the sites we visited and we were well informed about these places of interest. I cannot regret the Italian food which would be my greatest pleasure at noon and in the evening to taste.

It was a memorable vacation to remember, thanks to Archpriest Joseph Curmi.