10 Days

Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Group Leader: John Lombardi

June 17 – 26, 2024

*Optional Siena, Florence, Padua & Venice Post Tour: June 26 – 30, 2024

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Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Group Leader: John Lombardi

June 17 – 26, 2024

*Optional Siena, Florence, Padua & Venice Post Tour: June 26 – 30, 2024

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Pilgrimage to The Shrines of Italy with Fr. Sebastian

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Pilgrimage to The Shrines of Italy with Fr. Sebastian

In Rome, step foot into the four Major Basilicas, see the Square from the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, and attend a Papal Audience with his successor, the Pope. In San Giovanni Rotondo, visit sites from the life of St. Padre Pio. In Loreto, visit the “Holy House,” home of the Holy Family and mysteriously transported to Italy by the holy angels. Close out your pilgrimage with several days of prayer and reflection in the beautiful hometown of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 3 nights: Jun 18 - 21: Hotel Michelangelo, Sorrento, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Jun 21 - 23: Centro Di Spiritualità Padre Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
      ~ 3 nights: Jun 23 - 26: Giotto Hotel, Assisi, Italy
  • Post Tour hotel accommodations:
      ~ 2 nights: Jun 26 - 28: Hotel Machiavelli Palace, Florence, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Jun 28 - 30: Hotel Biri Best Western, Padua, Italy
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Whisper headsets
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Tips to Hotel Staff and Restaurants
  • Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & Digital PDF confirmation of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
Hotel Michelangelo
Sorrento, Italy
Centro Di Spiritualità Padre Pio
San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
Giotto Hotel
Assisi, Italy
Post Tour Hotels
Hotel Machiavelli Palace
Florence, Italy
Hotel Biri Best Western
Padua, Italy
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  • Lunches and beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
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Providing you coverage for situations that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

A Cancellation Waiver – allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime – up until 48 hours prior to departure.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Monday, June 17: 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 | Tuesday, June 18: 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 | Wednesday, June 19: Rome: Papal Audience - Trevi Fountain - Basilica of St. John the Lateran - Holy Stairs - Basilica of St. Mary Major

After breakfast, we start the day with the Papal Audience in St. Peters Square! The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). Following the Audience, we will visit the Trevi Fountain, where you may enjoy some free time on your own for lunch. This afternoon, visit the oldest of the four major Basilicas in Rome and the home to the relics of Peter and Paul, the Basilica of St. John the Lateran. This Basilica is where Pope Francis became installed as Bishop of Rome. Next, you will cross the street to visit the Holy Stairs. These Holy Stairs are the very-steps leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on which Jesus stepped on his way to trial during his Passion. In the fourth century, these stairs were brought to Rome by Saint Helena. People ascend on the Holy Stairs on their knees, in memory of Christ’s agonizing Passion. We conclude your day with a Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. St. Mary Major is the only Basilica that reigns from its original structure and is an authentic jewel in the crown of Roman Churches. This Basilica contains a relic from the Manger of the Infant Jesus. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 | Thursday, June 20: Rome: St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museum - Appian Way - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls - Catacombs

This morning, you will enjoy an early breakfast before making your way to one of the largest Christendom Church, St. Peter’s Basilica. Build on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. Our Pope Francis became the first pontiff to visit the necropolis, where pagans and early Christians were buried since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted decades ago. It is here that you will view Michelangelo’s Pieta. This stunning marble sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion, death, and removal off the cross before being placed in the tomb. Continue to proceed to the Vatican Museums. At the worldrenowned museum, view the most impressive of edifices, galleries, and awe-inspiring relics. Additionally observe the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo’s Masterpiece, the restored mural of the Last Judgment. The final stop on your Vatican tour is the tomb of Saint John Paul II. After free time for lunch, we will continue on a short journey down the Appian Way, the earliest road from Ancient Rome. This road leads to the Domino Quo Vadis Chapel, the Baths of Caracalla, the Arch of Drusus, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and the catacomb of St. Callixtus. The day concludes with a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul, outside the walls. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century this Basilica is the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle. Next, make your way to a local restaurant for dinner. Following dinner, you will have time to explore the streets of Rome or return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 5 | Friday, June 21: Rome - Monte Cassino - San Giovanni Rotondo

Following breakfast, you will board your bus to enjoy the scenic route to Monte Cassino. We will pass through the Roman countryside that is known for its villas and vineyards. Your tour escort will share interesting information regarding the spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects of Italy. Around 530 A.D. Monte Cassino, the principal monastery of the Benedictine Order founded by Saint Benedict. After a tour, you will have an opportunity to visit the gift shop. Board your bus and continue to San Giovanni Rotondo, the hometown of Saint Padre Pio. Upon arrival in San Giovanni Rotondo, checkin, enjoy dinner in a restaurant, and overnight.

Day 6 | Saturday, June 22: San Giovanni Rotondo (View Incorrupt Body of St. Padre Pio) - Monte Sant' Angelo

This morning, after breakfast, you will visit the Old Church. After Mass, tour the sanctuary, where you will view the crucifix, in front of which St. Pio received the stigmata. Visit the confessional from where St. Pio spent an innumerable amount of hours listening to confessions. Next, you will board the bus and travel along the beautiful Gargano Peninsula to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel, a shrine consecrated by St. Michael. At this Grotto, St. Michael appeared to a bishop to assure him that his diocese will not be annihilated, as the bishop feared. After some free time we head back to San Giovanni Rotondo, a drive with breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding countryside. Some time for devotion and reflection before enjoying a delicious dinner and an overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo. *Candlelight Procession – Attend the weekly candlelight procession at the Sanctuary of St. Pio after dinner, at 9:00 PM. These processions are lit by candlelight and are guided by the Most Holy Rosary. Following this prayerful experience, return to your hotel for a restful overnight.

Day 7 | Sunday, June 23: San Giovanni Rotondo - Lanciano - Loreto - Assisi

After breakfast, you will head to Lanciano. Upon arrival in Lanciano, celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Longinus. This church is the site of the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the eighth century. At the time of the Miracle, there was a Basilian monk, who struggled with the belief in the real presence of The Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. During the time of Mass, the monk, with doubt in his voice, said the “Words of Consecration”, and the bread turned into living flesh, and the wine transformed into live blood. Have some free time to explore Lanciano, before continuing toward the Adriatic coast to the great Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. Over 50 Pope’s have made a pilgrimage to the house transported by angels to this hill in central Italy in 1294. Tradition has it that this is the house in which Mary first prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived. Continue on to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Upon arrival in Assisi, enjoy dinner before retiring to your room.

Day 8 | Monday, June 24: Assisi (St. Francis)

As you 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 a tour at the St. Francis Basilica, visit the 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. St. Clare followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by also living a life of poverty and humility. Enjoy some free time – you may take this time for additional prayer, shop in the many gift shops, or enjoy a nice lunch. After lunch, board the bus, which will take you outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Here is where St. Francis spent most of his 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 St. Francis died. 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 St. Francis retired to pray. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 | Tuesday, June 25: Assisi - Gubbio - La Verna - Assisi

After breakfast, drive through the beautiful Umbrian mountains to Gubbio. Enjoy this medieval town with a visit to St. Francis Church to celebrate Mass. Following Mass visit Gubbio, which seems painted onto the hill, a succession of backdrops against which towers and houses stand out, all embraced by walls. St. Francis freed the town from a terrible and fierce wolf who afflicted it. After lunch on your own, continue to La Verna, the place where St. Francis, over the years, had been seven times, the last time in 1224 where he received the stigmata. Here you will be able to pray in the Chapel of the Stigmata, the Basilica, and the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. You will also be able to admire the beautiful artworks of Andrea della Robbia. Return to Assisi for dinner and your last overnight.

Day 10 | Wednesday, June 26: Assisi – Rome Airport – USA

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

*206 Tours Disclaimer:
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.

 

Optional Post Post Tour to Siena, Florence, Padua & Venice

June 26 – 30, 2024
  • Post Tour hotel accommodations:
      ~ 2 nights: Jun 26 - 28: Hotel Machiavelli Palace, Florence, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Jun 28 - 30: Hotel Biri Best Western, Padua, Italy
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of Christian guide throughout
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary; Siena, Florence, Padua, Venice
  • Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Wednesday, June 26: Assisi Siena Florence

Breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to the Tuscan city of Siena. This medieval city is the birthplace of St. Catherine “Doctor of the Church”, and the Apostle of Italy, St. Bernardine. Visit the Basilica of St. Catherine (which is also known as the Basilica of St. Domenico). St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this Basilica. It is here you will also view the incorrupt head of St. Catherine. After, visit the Shrine of St. Catherine, which occupies the site of her family home. Enjoy your walking tour through the Siena including a visit to its Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). Conclude at one of Italy’s finest squares, the Piazza Del Camp o, where you will be given free time to spend at your own leisure. There are a number of restaurants surrounding the square to have lunch, as well as shops for gifts and souvenirs. Continue on to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, you will notice immediately that it is the land for art lovers. Some of the most world renowned artists are from Florence such as Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, and many others. For the remainder of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Florence at leisure. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day 2 | Thursday, June 27: Florence

In Florence, your day begins with breakfast, followed by 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 wa lk 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 the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 | Friday, June 28: Florence Padua

Following breakfast at your hotel, board the motorcoach for your transfer to Padua. This Northern Italian city honors the “Pa tron Saint of Lost Thin gs and Causes”, St. Anthony. You will begin a sightseeing tour of the city, including a view of one of the oldest Universities in Italy, the University of Padua, as well as the Basilica of Santa Giustina, the “Patron Saint of Padua.” The t our will conclude at the Basilica of St. Anthony, where you will have the opportunity to visit his tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 | Saturday, June 29: Padua Venice (Full Day Excursion)

Today, you will have early breakfast and then board your bus to depart to the magical city of Venice. After Mass, enjoy a tour of the “city paved with water!” Your walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark’s Square, the largest square in the city and the site of many government buildings; the Golden Basilica of San Marco, known for the great mosaics that depict the Old and New Testament of the Bible; the Bridge of Sigh, a bridge that will bring eternal love to those who drift below it. You will also have the chance t o view the Doges’ Palace (Duke’s Palace), which served as the seat o f the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Sunday, June 30: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Venice airport for return flights home.

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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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Optional Post Post Tour to Siena, Florence, Padua & Venice

June 26 – 30, 2024
  • Post Tour hotel accommodations:

      ~ 2 nights: Jun 26 - 28: Hotel Machiavelli Palace, Florence, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Jun 28 - 30: Hotel Biri Best Western, Padua, Italy

  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of Christian guide throughout
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary; Siena, Florence, Padua, Venice
  • Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Wednesday, June 26: Assisi Siena Florence

Breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to the Tuscan city of Siena. This medieval city is the birthplace of St. Catherine “Doctor of the Church”, and the Apostle of Italy, St. Bernardine. Visit the Basilica of St. Catherine (which is also known as the Basilica of St. Domenico). St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this Basilica. It is here you will also view the incorrupt head of St. Catherine. After, visit the Shrine of St. Catherine, which occupies the site of her family home. Enjoy your walking tour through the Siena including a visit to its Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). Conclude at one of Italy’s finest squares, the Piazza Del Camp o, where you will be given free time to spend at your own leisure. There are a number of restaurants surrounding the square to have lunch, as well as shops for gifts and souvenirs. Continue on to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, you will notice immediately that it is the land for art lovers. Some of the most world renowned artists are from Florence such as Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, and many others. For the remainder of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Florence at leisure. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day 2 | Thursday, June 27: Florence

In Florence, your day begins with breakfast, followed by 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 wa lk 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 the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 | Friday, June 28: Florence Padua

Following breakfast at your hotel, board the motorcoach for your transfer to Padua. This Northern Italian city honors the “Pa tron Saint of Lost Thin gs and Causes”, St. Anthony. You will begin a sightseeing tour of the city, including a view of one of the oldest Universities in Italy, the University of Padua, as well as the Basilica of Santa Giustina, the “Patron Saint of Padua.” The t our will conclude at the Basilica of St. Anthony, where you will have the opportunity to visit his tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 | Saturday, June 29: Padua Venice (Full Day Excursion)

Today, you will have early breakfast and then board your bus to depart to the magical city of Venice. After Mass, enjoy a tour of the “city paved with water!” Your walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark’s Square, the largest square in the city and the site of many government buildings; the Golden Basilica of San Marco, known for the great mosaics that depict the Old and New Testament of the Bible; the Bridge of Sigh, a bridge that will bring eternal love to those who drift below it. You will also have the chance t o view the Doges’ Palace (Duke’s Palace), which served as the seat o f the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Sunday, June 30: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Venice airport for return flights home.

About your trip

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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