12 Days

Chris Stefanick

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

Blesseds of Italy Pilgrimage

Pier Giorgio Frassati & Carlo Acutis

July 25 – August 5, 2025


Chris Stefanick

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

Blesseds of Italy Pilgrimage

Pier Giorgio Frassati
& Carlo Acutis

Spiritual Director:

July 25 – August 5, 2025


Turin · Oropa · Pollone · Biella · Pollone · Assisi · Orvieto · St. Paul Outside the Walls · (Canonization Pending) · St. Peter's Basilica · Vatican Museum · Appian Way · Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls · Basilica of St. John the Lateran · Holy Stairs · Basilica of St. Mary Major


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Turin · Oropa · Pollone · Biella · Pollone · Assisi · Orvieto · St. Paul Outside the Walls · (Canonization Pending) · St. Peter's Basilica · Vatican Museum · Appian Way · Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls · Basilica of St. John the Lateran · Holy Stairs · Basilica of St. Mary Major

Join 206 Tours as we journey to Italy for the canonization of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, known as “the Man of the Beatitudes”! This historic event will be truly unforgettable as you witness this beloved, holy young man of the church elevated to Sainthood. Begin your tour in Turin, the home of Bl. Frassati and the site of his tomb. See the town of Oropa where he climbed mountains and evangelized his peers who joined him. In Pollone, we will visit the site of the Frassati family’s summer home. Our journey continues through the beautiful cities of Florence and Siena, and then culminates at the Eternal City of Rome where we will witness the canonization of “the Saint of the Mountains”.

Chris Stefanick

Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR

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About Chris Stefanick:
Chris Stefanick is an world renowned Author – Speaker – Television Host – Podcaster – Pilgrimage Leader – and “Missionary of Joy”! He has devoted his life to inspiring people to live a bold, contagious faith.

In addition to devoting his life to inspiring people to live a bold and contagious faith, he is also the recipient of the Papal Benemerenti Medal. Bishop Walker Nickless (Diocese of Sioux City) notes “Chris is one of the most dynamic and effective speakers I’ve ever heard! He has the unique ability to be able to engage all age groups simultaneously with the message of the Gospel.” His live seminars reach more than 90,000 people per year, and his TV Show, Videos, and Podcast reach millions. He authored the Chosen Confirmation program, which has already formed more than 550,000 teens. A graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Chris is also the founder and president of Real Life Catholic, a non-profit which operates as the headquarters for Chris’s various initiatives. Above all, Chris is proud to be the husband to his wife Natalie, father to their six children, and most recently – a first time grandfather.

About Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR:

Father Dave Pivonka, TOR ’89, became president of Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2019. The well-known Catholic speaker and author received his bachelor’s from Franciscan University, then earned an MDiv, MA in theology, doctorate in education, and executive juris doctorate. A member of the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, he was ordained a priest in 1996.

He served in leadership positions at Franciscan University including as vice president for Mission and Planning. He also served as director of the TOR’s Post-Novitiate Formation and most recently directed the TOR’s evangelistic outreach Franciscan Pathways. He has hosted The Wild Goose video series including the latest 10th Hour Production Wild Goose TV series, My Father’s Father. He has written six books, including Breath of God: Living a Life Led by the Holy Spirit and Sign of Contradiction.

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 4 nights: Jul 26 - 30: NH Collection Torino Santo Stefano, Turin, Italy
      ~ 3 nights: Jul 30 - Aug 2: BV Grand Hotel Assisi, Assisi, Italy
      ~ 3 nights: Aug 2 - 5: Starhotels Michelangelo, Rome, Italy
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Free WiFi & Water on bus
  • Assistance of local guide throughout
  • Whisper headsets
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & PDF digital confirmation of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
NH Collection Torino Santo Stefano
Turin, Italy
BV Grand Hotel Assisi
Assisi, Italy
Starhotels Michelangelo
Rome, Italy
Not Included
  • Lunches, 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.


Day 1 | Friday, July 25: Depart your hometown for Milan or Turin, Italy

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

Day 2 | Saturday, July 26: Arrive at Milan or Turin Airport

Welcome to Italy and the beginning of what is to be the most memorable pilgrimage of your life. Upon arriving in Milan or Turin airport, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival hall, where you will be greeted by your guide and driver, who will transfer you to your hotel. Meet your fellow pilgrims and then participate in the celebration of Holy Mass. Conclude with dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 3 | Sunday, July 27: Turin

Begin the day with breakfast and then proceed to enjoy a day of exploration throughout the city of Turin. Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region and home of the world’s most famous relic: the Shroud of Turin. Housed within the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Shroud is a piece of herringbone twilled linen cloth measuring 14.5 by 3.9 feet. It is believed to be that in which Christ’s body was wrapped after his crucifixion. The cloth still bears the faint imprint of Jesus, and the apparent signs of wound marks that correspond to those Christ sustained during crucifixion. It is expected that the Shroud will be on public display sometime during the 2025 Jubilee Year (pending confirmation). Within the same Cathedral lies the tomb of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. When Bl. Pier Giorgio’s mortal remains were found incorrupt in 1981, they were transferred from the family tomb in Pollone to the Cathedral in Turin. Take time for prayer and reflection, asking for this holy man’s intercession throughout your pilgrimage. After time for lunch, our tour will continue to the Sanctuary of Maria Ausiliatrice, the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians. Originally part of a home for poor boys founded by Saint John Bosco, the Basilica contains St. John Bosco’s remains along with the relics of other saints, including St. Dominic Savio. The Church was built after St. John Bosco had a vision of Our Lady in which she revealed to him the site of the martyrdom of the Turinese Saints Solutor, Adventor, and Octavius and requested that a Church be constructed there. The three martyrs were Roman soldiers who were killed for their faith in the early 4th century. Conclude this memorable day with dinner and a restful overnight at your hotel.

Day 4 | Monday, July 28: Turin - Oropa - Pollone - Turin

After breakfast, we will depart for Oropa, “the Shrine between earth and sky”, which is at the base of mountains and is one of the oldest Marian shrines in the world. The shrine was founded by St. Eusebius of Vercelli in the 4th century. According to local legend, the town was spared from the plague in the 17th century because of its dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Every year the residents make a pilgrimage in thanks to Our Lady. We will see the Madonna and the Church where Bl. Frassati prayed. As he hiked with his friends, Bl. Frassati would share with them his love for Jesus and Our Lady. See the mountain that he climbed and take a cable car that goes halfway up the mountain to the lake. Also located in Oropa is the “Sacro Monte”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that contains 12 chapels with life-sized statues made of terracotta depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary. After free time for lunch in Oropa, we will then travel to Pollone which was the site of the Frassati family’s summer home. Bl. Frassati would often sacrifice his vacations at this beautiful place because, as he said, “If everybody leaves Turin, who will take care of the poor?” Here in Pollone, we will celebrate Mass. Return to Turin for dinner and overnight

Day 5 | Tuesday, July 29: Turin - Pollone - Turin

After breakfast, we will return to Pollone for a day of spiritual gifts. In this place that was so special to the Frassati family, we will take time for prayer, the Rosary, and Eucharistic Adoration to grow in our faith as modeled by Bl. Pier Giorgio. We will listen to several spiritually enriching talks, followed by Mass. Return to Turin for dinner and an overnight, reflecting on all the graces you received.

Day 6 | Wednesday, July 30: Turin - Assisi

Following a delicious breakfast, we will journey through the beautiful Italian countryside as we make our way to the charming town of Assisi. We will stop on the way for lunch before completing the day’s expedition at the hometown of St. Francis and St. Clare & final resting place of Blessed Carlo Acutis. End with dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 7 | Thursday, July 31: Assisi (St. Francis & Blessed Carlo Acutis)

After breakfast, begin your visit of 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 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. This will be 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 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 shop in the many gift shops & enjoy a nice lunch. After lunch, take the afternoon to explore the city and set aside time for prayer & reflection. Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Day 8 | Friday, August 1: Assisi

After 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 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 Friars 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 9 | Saturday, August 2: Assisi - Orvieto - Rome - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, (Optional Canonization Vigil in the Evening)

After breakfast, you will ride through the beautiful Umbrian mountains to Orvieto. This incredible town sits on a high volcanic rock formation. Here we visit one of the most beautiful and most renowned Cathedrals in Italy. Because of its strategic location, it’s Christian history officially started in 1004, but Orvieto was built over preexisting Etruscan era cave tunnels dating back 2,500 years, which some historians believe Christians used to celebrate Mass when Christianity was forbidden. Here we celebrate Mass. After Orvieto, we depart for the beautiful city of Rome. 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 back to the hotel for dinner. Following dinner, have the option to attend the Canonization Vigil at St. Peter’s Square. Enjoy a restful overnight at your hotel.

Day 10 | Sunday, August 3: Rome (Pending Confirmation - Canonization)

Witness history on the momentous day Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati & Blessed Carlo Acutis are declared Saints! Blessed Carlo is the first Saint of the Millennial generation and truly a Eucharistic Missionary for the Digital Age. Popularly referred to as “God’s influencer” Blessed Acutis will be a patron saint for all computer programming and the “patron saint of the internet.” His canonization will be the highlight of the Jubilee for Teenagers. Known for his joyful spirit, Frassati strongly opposed the communist and fascist movements that pervaded Italy at the time. Although his parents were agnostic, he developed a deep spiritual life. He had a great love for the Blessed Mother and the Holy Eucharist. An avid lover of the outdoors, his favorite pastime was mountain climbing. He greatly enjoyed the theater, opera, literature, and the arts. He was pure, happy, and enthusiastic about everything true, good, and beautiful. He was a true model for all Christian young men. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati died of polio, which he contracted from the poor and sick that he visited in Turin’s slums. He was only 24, and his final words were “May I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.” Despite his short life, he left a lasting impact by living his faith with passion and serving others with a generous heart. We will make our way today to St. Peters Square to secure our spot for the canonization ceremony. Witness the grandeur, music, and moving speeches as Bl. Frassati is elevated to Sainthood. Pending confirmation, we will meet with the Congregation of Frassati from the USA to celebrate this beloved Saint. This unforgettable day concludes with dinner and an overnight in Rome.

Day 11 | Monday, August 4: Rome: Basilica of St. John the Lateran – Holy Stairs – Basilica of St. Mary Major - St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museum

This morning, we will make our way to 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. 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. The Stairs were brought to Rome by Saint Helena in the fourth century. Ascending these stairs on your knees, in memory of Christ’s agonizing Passion. Next, we will visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major. This Church, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, St. Mary Major reigns as the only Basilica that has kept 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. After lunch we will head back to tour St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter the Apostle was martyred. Here, you will have the opportunity to view Michelangelo’s Pieta sculpture. Continue to proceed to the Vatican Museums. At the world-renowned museum, you will see the most impressive of edifices, galleries, and awe-inspiring relics. Additionally, you will 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 at the tomb of Saint John Paul II. Pray at the tombs of Pope Benedict XVI and St. John Paul II before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 12 | Tuesday, August 5: Return from Rome to the USA

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

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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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