|Even though Jerusalem is the undisputed birthplace of Christianity, Rome is certainly the cradle where it suffered and matured. Large Jewish communities of Italy provided a fertile base for Christian preachers. Persecution followed soon. Rome was the site of St. Peter’s death and the imprisonment of St. Paul who was martyred sometime around 67 A.D. in Rome or in Spain. After three centuries of persecution Constantine the Great recognized Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire in 324 A.D. |
Italy, since then, had been the historical background for Christianity and its related events; foundation of the western monasticism, declaration of Crusades to free the Holy Land and final schism between between Eastern and Western Christianity. Rome, also, dominated arts and sciences via Christianity starting with the Renaissance.
Italy is an incredibly inviting destination today due to its amazing archaeological, biblical and art heritage.