Spiritual Director: Fr. Allan Alaka
Spiritual Director: Fr. Ed Roden-Lucero
Group Leader: Ruben Schaeffer
September 26 – October 7, 2024
Padua, Venice, Verona, Cinque Terre, Turin, Biella, Oropa, Como and Milan
Padua, Venice, Verona, Cinque Terre, Turin, Biella, Oropa, Como and Milan
Your trip includes
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1 | Thursday, September 26: Depart USA for Venice
Day 2 | Friday, September 27: Venice Airport – Padua
Make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival’s hall, where you will be greeted by your tour escort. Make your way to the bus and transfer to Padua. This Northern Italian city honors the “Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes”, St. Anthony. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, mainly panoramic, 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 tour will conclude at the Basilica of St. Anthony, where you will have the opportunity to visit his tomb and celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight in Padua.
Day 3 | Saturday, September 28: Padua – Venice - Padua
Today, you will have early breakfast and then board on the bus to depart to the magical city of Venice. You will enjoy a tour of the “city paved with water!” including a visit to St. Mark’s Square, the largest square in the city and the site of many government buildings and the Golden Basilica of San Marco, known for the great mosaics that depict the Old and New Testament of the Bible. You will also have the chance to view the Doges’ Palace (Duke’s Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Mass celebration will take place at the Basilica of San Marco. Enjoy some free time before you gather with the rest of the group to have lunch in a local restaurant. After dinner, return to Padua for overnight.
Day 4 | Sunday, September 29: Padua - Verona
Breakfast in the hotel. After Mass celebration, enjoy some free time in Padua to explore Padua marketplace shop and have lunch on our own. After lunch, departure towards Verona. A trip to Verona is a plunge into the emotions of bygone times, of a city that conserves values and forms related to an ancient past of medieval and renaissance splendor, albeit it is in constant expansion in our own day. According to the poet, Shakespeare, “There is no world outside these walls…” but this also expresses the impression that strikes tourists when they enter the ancient walls that surround the city. The tragic story of the love of Romeo and Juliet, which Shakespeare situates in the Verona of the Scala seigniory, makes the city a preferred destination for lovers and tourists seeking emotions. Dinner in your own. Overnight in Verona.
Day 5 | Monday, September 30: Verona – Cinque Terre
Breakfast in the hotel. After Mass celebration, enjoy a walking tour of the city of Verona. During our tour we will visit Piazza delle Erbe (the Market Square or the square of herbs, occupies a good part of the area of Verona’s Roman Court, where the Maximum Decuman and Maximum Cardo intersected. Through the centuries, the square has been the center of the city’s political and economic life); The Roman Amphitheatre; Juliet’s House (“Capuleti House” was long the property of the Dal Cappello family. The combination of Cappello and Capuleti led people to believe that this had been Juliet’s house, the unhappy lover of the noted Shakespearean tragedy. In reality the building dates from the XII century. In 1905 the house was purchased by the City of Verona); The Cathedral of Verona and Castelvecchio Bridge (Scaliger Bridge, also called the Ponte di Castelvecchio, is celebrated by historians as “the most audacious and wondrous works of the Middle Ages in Verona.” Completed within three years, almost certainly between 1354 and 1356, was built by order of the Cangrande, which aims to ensure its stronghold on the river rising a separate escape to the Tyrol). Enjoy lunch on your own. After lunch, departure towards La Spezia. La Spezia is a busy port city on the Mediterranean Sea in the Liguria province of northern Italy. La Spezia is home to a major Italian naval base and is considered a gateway to the Cinque Terre, the famous chain of five picturesque seaside villages. Arrival and accommodation in the hotel. Dinner and overnight in La Spezia.
Day 6 | Tuesday, October 1: Cinque Terre – Turin
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning we will board on a boat for a tour of the Cinque Terre towns. A boat trip in the Cinque Terre is one of the best ways to discover this beautiful coastline with its rugged cliffs, turquoise water and colorful fishing villages. The boat allows stops in Monterosso, Vernazza, Manarola and Riomaggiore. In Monterosso we will visit and celebrate Mass at the Convent of the Capuchin Friars. A soul’s place in which Franciscan serenity and a profound spirituality are experienced daily. Peace, beauty and hospitality are the values that the Convent of the Capuchin Friars of Monterosso promote and carry on through a path of faith, but also of cultural, artistic and social enhancement. A deep pathway in the wealth love of God shared by the Capuchin Friars thanks to the joyful presence of all the people who love us and wish connect with this wonderful experience. Once Climbing up here, heaven seems a little bit closer. The small fishing village Vernazza is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Here you will find the Church of Santa Margherita di Antiochia, built on the rocks overlooking the sea and the Tower of the Doria Castle, built in the 15th century to protect the village from pirates. During the day we will also enjoy a wine tasting and olive oil tasting in one of the farms in the area of Riomaggiore. In the late afternoon, departure towards Turin. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Turin.
Day 7 | Wednesday, October 2: Turin
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning, we wake up in the city of Turin, capital of the Piedmont region and home of the famous Shroud of Turin. Although the shroud is not being shown, we will visit it’s home – the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where Blessed Giorgio Frassati in buried. Continue for a visit the Sanctuary of Maria Ausiliatrice, The Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, completed in 1868. This church in Turin was originally part of a home for poor boys founded by Saint John Bosco, which now contains his Tomb with the relics of St Dominic Savio and other saints. Visit Corpus Domini – site of the Eucharistic Miracle. Today we will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, spend some free time shopping. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Turin.
Day 8 | Thursday, October 3: Turin – Biella – Oropa - Como
After breakfast, we will depart for the town of Biella, the home of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. We continue to Oropa, one of the oldest Marian shrines in the world begun by St Eusebius of Vercilli in the 4th c. According to local legend, during the 17th century, the town was spared from the plague because of the Shrine. Every year the residents make a pilgrimage in thanks to the Blessed Mother. We will see the Brown Madonna, and the Church where Frassati prayed. See the mountain he climbed, and have take a cable car (Optional activity – seasonal availability/time schedule permitting) that goes half way up the mountain to the lake. Continuation of the journey towards Como. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Como.
Day 9 | Friday, October 4: Como
After breakfast at our hotel, we will enjoy the day in this famous and beautiful Lombardy region. This upscale resort area is known for its dramatic scenery, set against the foothills of the Alps. The lake is shaped like an upside-down Y, at the bottom of the southwest branch lies the city of Como, famous for its beautiful villas and gardens. During this visit to Lake Como, see the 3 branches of the lake, each with different landscapes. Enjoy a walking tour of the city center and visit the neoclassical Villa Olmo and its lovely Italian garden. Later take a relaxing cruise on the lake and enjoy its spectacular views. We will also enjoy a wine tasting. Dinner and overnight in Como.
Day 10 | Saturday, October 5: Como – Milan
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning we will depart towards Milan. Arrive in Milan, a vibrant city in Italy’s northern Lombardy region and known for its gothic Duomo di Milano Cathedral and the Santa Maria delle Grazie Convent, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Leonardo Da Vinci’s mural “the Last Supper” is housed here and testifies to centuries of art and culture in Milan. We plan to visit Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece (subject to availability) as well as the La Scala Opera House before continuing onto the glamorous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Our day will include a visit to the Basilica of St Ambrogio (tomb of St. Ambrose) and the beautiful Milan Duomo (location of the tomb of St Charles Borromeo). Lunch in a local restaurant is included today. Overnight in Milan.
Day 11 | Sunday, October 6: Milan
Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy your free day in Milan. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Milan.
Day 12 | Monday, October 7: Milan - Milan Airport
*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.