Maison du Pellerin à Rome
The Polish Pilgrim Home in Rome
The Polish Pilgrim Home is located in the southwestern section of Rome - Giustiniana - (Exit Nr. 3 on the Grande Raccordo Anulare) 15 kilometers from the center of the city. In a beautiful park-like setting, it serves all pilgrims, especially Poles coming from Poland. The Home provides room and board, as well as information about the Eternal City and its historic sites. Guided tours are available. The religious atmosphere of the Home helps pilgrims experience their visit to Rome in a most beneficial way. The Home houses the John Paul II Research and Documentation Center and the executive offices of the Foundation. The Home is host to scholarly meetings, the Summer University of Polish Culture, and religious and cultural gatherings that relate to pilgrimages to the Eternal City. The Home is not a hotel nor only a residence while visiting Rome, but a place where the pilgrim experiences the religious and cultural dimensions of his pilgrimage. While blessing the Home on September 8, 1981, the Holy Father expressed it best: „This Home should be a meeting point of cultures and traditions and history, all within the framework of the great culture, tradition, and history that is Christian, and, therefore, it is the history of the Church and the history of all mankind."