The nuns of Rome

By Andrea Palatnik

If you plan a trip to Rome, chances are your must-see list will include well-known attractions like the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain or the Vatican Museum.

There is, however, a more ubiquitous staple of the eternal city that does not feature in any city guide but will certainly catch your attention while you’re there: nuns. There are hundreds of them, maybe thousands of them, walking around Rome’s cobblestone streets, their kind eyes wandering around in marvel like a soccer fan visiting Wembley stadium in England or Camp Nou in Spain.

They come from all over the world and all over Italy; though the “locals” live in centuries-old convents and monasteries surrounded by blooming gardens. It doesn’t matter, though: when in Rome they all feel at home.

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