The tour began in the sensational city of Rome, with visits to the spectacular Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill
and onto Piazza Venezia.
The Colosseum, the most visited tourist site in Italy, was closed alongside the nearby Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill
, and the authorities urged people not to leave their homes if they did not have to.
A temporary arena installed on the Palatine Hill
for a rock opera about Nero has provoked claims that money-making populism is threatening the city's cultural patrimony.
The Palatium or Palatine Hill
in Rome was the site of a number of large dwellings from about the 4th century B.
An afternoon is scarcely enough time to explore this extraordinary site, but as the sun began to sink we scraped together the time and energy to climb to the top of the Palatine Hill
to enjoy the view over the city skyline - a rewarding way to end the da.
O cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence," he said, addressing thousands of people from the Palatine Hill
View from the Palatine Hill
There are two ways to get a spectacular view of the Roman Forum.
Francis was to lead a procession beginning in the Colosseum and continuing onto Rome's Palatine Hill
, stopping at 14 stations, each marking a specific event culminating in Jesus's crucifixion and death.
From the Old Trafford of ancient Rome, walk south along the Via di San Gregorio, past the Palatine Hill
, to its Silverstone - Circus Maximus, where tens of thousands would roar on chariot racers as they whizzed round the Roman Empire's biggest stadium.
Address of Pope Francis at the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill
, Good Friday, 29 March 2013
to noon on June 9 at Griswold Stadium at Lewis and Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill
Road, in Portland.
Get a joint ticket also taking in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
for around E12.