10 Days

Rome & Assisi Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Chorbishop John Faris

September 22 – October 1, 2024

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Rome & Assisi Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Chorbishop John Faris

September 22 – October 1, 2024

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Rome (Pope Francis) · Orvieto · Assisi (St. Francis) · Florence

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Rome (Pope Francis) · Orvieto · Assisi (St. Francis) · Florence

Travel to Italy for this exciting 10-day Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. Explore “The Eternal City” and all the marvels Rome has to offer – even experience a Papal Audience with the Holy Father! Visit important Catholic sites like the Holy Stairs, the minor Basilicas, ancient Catacombs and more, as well as some secular sites like the Trevi Fountain. Continue to Assisi to walk in the Footsteps of Saint Francis in his hometown. Immerse yourself in the rich culture, art & cuisine of Italy on this Catholic Pilgrimage!

Chorbishop John Faris

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles (IAD)
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 4 nights: Sep 23 - 27: NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento, Rome, Italy
      ~ 4 nights: Sep 27 - Oct 1: Giotto Hotel, Assisi, Italy
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transportation as per itinerary by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Whisper headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Tips to Hotel Staff, Restaurants and Porters
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • 206 Tours Complimentary Flight Bag
Centrally located hotels or similar
NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento
Rome, Italy
Giotto Hotel
Assisi, Italy
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  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
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Itinerary

Day 1 | Sunday, September 22: Depart for Rome

Make your way to your local Airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2 | Monday, September 23: Arrival in Rome

Welcome to Rome, also known as “The Eternal City”. Upon landing at Rome airport, claim your baggage proceed to the arrival hall, where your tour guide and/or driver will greet you. Following check-in at the hotel, enjoy some free time to unpack, relax or explore Rome on your own. Your tour escort may suggest places to visit. Later this afternoon, your group will meet in the hotel lobby for a meet and greet with fellow pilgrims and your Priest. Together depart for Mass. Following Mass, you will attend a welcome dinner. After dinner you have to opportunity to join in a walk to St. Peter’s Square for the Rosary (optional).

Day 3 | Tuesday, September 24: Rome: Vatican Museum – Saint Peter’s Basilica – Catacombs – Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

After breakfast, we start the day by touring St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter the Apostle was martyred. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to view Michelangelo’s Pieta sculpture, pray at the tombs of Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus and St. John Paul II. After some free time for lunch, continue down the Appian Way, one of the earliest roads built in ancient Rome to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and the Catacombs. You will have some time on your own before we gather in the evening for dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 4 | Wednesday, September 25: Rome: Papal Audience – Basilica of St. John the Lateran – Holy Steps - Basilica of St. Mary Major

This morning we attend the Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square or at the Audience Hall. The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). Next, we will visit the oldest of the four major Basilicas in Rome, the Archbasilica of St. John the Lateran, the Cathedral Church and seat of the Bishop of Rome. Cross the street to the very steps that lead up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem which Jesus climbed on His way to trial during his Passion. The day will conclude by a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. You will have some time on your own before we gather in the evening for dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 5 | Thursday, September 26: Rome: Downtown – Free Day

Following breakfast, we will take a half day Tour starting at Piazza del Popolo, and then walking to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, followed by Piazza Navona, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the and concluding at the Pantheon. You will have the remainder of the day Free to spend at you would like.  Feel free to inquire with your Escort with ideas or thoughts on things to do. You can go shopping, take a tour inside the Colosseum, take a stroll across the Bridge of Angels and enjoy lunch at a Café in one of the Piazzas. Return to the Hotel in time for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 | Friday, September 27: Rome – Orvieto - Assisi

Following breakfast, transfer from Rome to Assisi. the hometown of St. Francis. Throughout this bus ride, your tour escort will share very interesting information regarding the spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects of Italy. On the way to Assisi we will make a stop in Orvieto, where a Eucharistic Miracle is preserved in the Cathedral of Orvieto. In 1263, a Priest stopped to celebrate Mass at Saint Christina’s Church in Bolsena. Having doubts that the Eucharist was really the Body and Blood of Christ, the Priest was shocked when the host began to bleed right after the prayer of consecration. Unable to hide this fact, he interrupted the Mass and went to Orvieto where Pope Urban IV was in residence. The Pope ordered that the miraculous host and then linen altar cloth stained with blood be brought to Orvieto and placed on display, where is still rests today. The Cathedral also has some of the most magnificent frescoes to be found anywhere. The depicting visions of heaven and hell in the San Brizio Chapel rival those of the Sistine Chapel. We will continue on to Assisi where upon arriving you will check-in to your hotel, and relax or explore before enjoying dinner. Retire to your room for a restful night’s sleep.

Day 7 | Saturday, September 28: Assisi (St. Francis): Half Day Tour

Start the day with breakfast, and then visit the birthplace of St. Francis. You will become captivated as the atmosphere has not changed since St. Francis began his ministry, in the early 13th-century. You will start your tour at the St. Francis Basilica, visit his tomb of St. Francis, and have the opportunity to view a series of frescoes depicting his life, along with a few of the Saint’s possessions. Followed by a visit to the Santuario Della Spogliazione where Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb is placed. Carlo is the first millennial to be declared Blessed who loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. From there, you will continue on a walking tour through this picturesque town, including the birthplace of St. Francis, and end with a tour of the Church that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. This Saint followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by also living a life of poverty and humility. Enjoy some free time on your own – you may take this time for additional prayer, shop in the many gift shops or enjoy a nice lunch – and then gather at the Hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Day 8 | Sunday, September 29: Assisi – Florence – Assisi

Following breakfast, you will board the bus, which will take you to Florence, where your day begins with a guided tour. The tour starts at the Church of the Holy Cross, the Santa Croce, where many nobles are buried, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli.  Continue to walk by Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is an iconic piece of architecture of the city of Florence. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 13th century. Next, a visit to L’Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, you will have the opportunity to view the work from artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, and the ever famous sculpture by Michelangelo, David. This afternoon you will have time to explore Florence on your own. Return to your hotel in Assisi for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 | Monday, September 30: Assisi (St. Francis): Half Day Tour

Following breakfast, you will board the bus, which will take you outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This is where St. Francis spent most of life. This Basilica is made up of two structures, both of which you will visit.  The  first structure, is the “Porziuncola”, which is where St. Francis founded  his  order of the  Friar  Minor (Franciscans). The second, is the “Capella del Transito”, which is the place of St. Francis’ death. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Rose Garden where St. Francis and other friars lived, as well as the cave where the Saint retired to pray. Return to the town of Assisi for some free time on your own, and then gather at the Hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Day 10 | Tuesday, October 1: Return Home

After an early morning wake up, with heartfelt farewells, your group will leave by motor coach and transfer to the Rome Fiumicino airport for return flights home.

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Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.

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About Rome:

Rome has been one of history’s most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter’s Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.
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About Rome:

Rome has been one of history’s most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter’s Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.
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