10 Days

Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Group Leader: Mike Aquilina

Spiritual Director: Fr. Jihoon Kim

October 10 – 20, 2024

*Optional Post Tour to Florence, Venice and Padua: October 19 – 23, 2024

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Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Group Leader:

Mike Aquilina

Spiritual Director:

Fr. Jihoon Kim

October 10 – 20, 2024

*Optional Post Tour to

Florence, Venice and Padua:

October 19 – 23, 2024

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Rome · Monte Cassino · San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio) · Monte Sant'Angelo (St. Michael) · Lanciano (Eucharistic Miracle) · Loreto (Holy House) · Assisi (St. Francis) · Gubbio · LaVerna

Rome · Monte Cassino · San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio) · Monte Sant'Angelo (St. Michael) · Lanciano (Eucharistic Miracle) · Loreto (Holy House) · Assisi (St. Francis) · Gubbio · LaVerna

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 Blessing 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!

Mike Aquilina

Fr. Jihoon Kim

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About Fr. Jihoon Kim:

Fr. Jihoon Kim is a Roman Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles ordained in 2021. He studied at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and graduated with both the Master of Divinity (M. Div) and Masters in Theology (M.A. in Theology) degrees. His M.A. thesis focused on the spirituality of St. Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean-born Catholic priest. He is currently an associate pastor at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Santa Clarita, California.

About Mike Aquilina:

Mike Aquilina is author of more than seventy books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He is executive vice-president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and serves as contributing editor of Angelus News and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History series published by Ave Maria Press. He has hosted eleven television series on EWTN and was the founding host of the “Way of the Fathers” . Mike is past editor of New Covenant magazine and The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper. He is also a poet and lyricist, whose works have been recorded by Dion, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Amy Grant, Carlene Carter, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Mark Knopfler, Rickie Lee Jones, and many others. He is married to Terri since 1985, and together they raised six children. They are now spoiling many grandchildren.

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 6 nights: Oct 11 - 17: Rome
      ~ 3 nights: Oct 17 - 20: Assisi
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of local guide throughout
  • Whisper headsets
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Centrally located hotels or similar
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  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
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Itinerary

Day 1 | Thursday, October 10: Depart for Rome

Today each person will make their way to their local airport, for the overnight flight(s). Meals will be served on board.

Day 2 | Friday, October 11: Arrival in Rome

Welcome to Rome, also known as “The Eternal City.” Upon landing at Rome airport, we’ll each claim baggage and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where the tour guide and/or driver will greet us. Following check-in at the hotel, enjoy some free time to unpack, relax or explore Rome. The tour escort may suggest places to visit. Later this afternoon, the group will meet in the hotel lobby for a meet and greet with fellow pilgrims and the priest/chaplain for our pilgrimage. We will depart together for Mass, and following Mass, enjoy a welcome dinner. After dinner we have the opportunity to join in a walk to St. Peter’s Square for the Rosary (optional).

Day 3 | Saturday, October 12: Rome: Basilica of St. Mary Major – Church of Sant’Alfonso – Basilica of St. John the Lateran – Holy Stairs - Santa Croce in Gerusalemme – Catacombs – Basilica of San Sebastian – Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls

After breakfast, depart for a full day tour of Christian Rome. We will start at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, which contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. Then we’ll visit the Church of St. Alphonsus which houses the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Next, we’ll spend some time at the oldest of the four major Basilicas in Rome, the Archbasilica of St. John the Lateran, the 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. After free time for lunch, we will visit Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, then tour the Catacombs and then the minor Basilica of San Sebastian, one of the seven pilgrim churches of Rome. The last stop of the day is Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls, another of the four major basilicas in Rome. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 4 | Sunday, October 13: Rome: Castel Sant’Angelo – Angel Bridge – Papal Angelus – Walking Tour of Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, San Luigi di Francesi, Basilica of Sant’Agostino (Tomb of St. Monica), Trevi Fountain

This morning we will start at the Castel Sant’Angelo and Angel Bridge, and then attend the Papal Angelus and Blessing in St. Peter’s Square. After the Angelus we’ll do a walking tour visiting many of the most famous places of Rome – highlights include the Piazza Navona, Pantheon, and Tomb of St. Monica. We will finish the tour at the iconic Trevi Fountain. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 5 | Monday, October 14: Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican Museums - Santa Cecilia, Santa Maria in Trastevere

Today we tour 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 and St. John Paul II. Next we will visit the Vatican Museum, where you can see the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, and Sistine Chapel. Following some free time for lunch, we’ll visit two of the iconic churches of Rome, Santa Cecilia and Santa Maria in Trastevere. Return to the hotel for a delicious dinner and an overnight in Rome.

Day 6 | Tuesday, October 15: Rome - Ostia Antica – Monte Cassino - Rome

Our first destination after our delicious breakfast will be the site of Ostia Antica, of the best-preserved cities of Ancient Rome, the former port of the city, now an archaeological site featuring many building ruins, mosaics and statues. Following our visit to Ostia Antica, we will board the bus and enjoy the scenic route to the Abbey of Monte Cassino, the principal monastery of the Benedictine Order, founded by St. Benedict around 530 A.D. Enjoy the afternoon at this spectacular site learning about one of the most important saints in the early church and the founder of Western monasticism. Return to Rome for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 | Wednesday, October 16: Rome: Papal Audience – St. Peter in Chains – Colosseum – Roman Forum – Tullianum – Basilica di San Clemente

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). After the Audience, we will go to the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, well known in part for housing Michelangelo’s statue of Moses.  We will then visit two sites of ancient Rome that are a must for any tour of the city – the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Then we visit the Tulliamum, also known as the Mamertine Prison, which is where tradition states that both Sts. Peter and Paul where held. Our last stop for the day will be the Basilica of San Clemente, a short walk from the Colosseum, which is one of the most ancient churches in Rome, where there are extensive archaeological excavations and where two early church martyrs are venerated – St. Clement and St. Ignatius of Antioch. Enjoy a delicious dinner and overnight at our hotel in Rome.

Day 8 | Thursday, October 17: Rome – Orvieto – Bolsena – Assisi

After breakfast, we leave for Assisi. Our first stop on the way will be Orvieto, a city situated on a cliff in the Umbria region. Orvieto is a city known for its Cathedral, considered one of the most architecturally important in Europe, for its Etruscan roots, and for the museums where one finds collections and displays that range over 2,500 years of history. Most importantly, the relic of one of the most famous Eucharistic Miracles in history is housed in the Cathedral, where pilgrims may venerate the corporal that is stained with blood from the consecrated Host which began to bleed during a Mass in Bolsena in 1263. Your tour of Orvieto will be a very memorable experience and concludes with lunch (included). We’ll depart from Orvieto and travel onward to Bolsena, the ancient city which is the site of the Eucharistic Miracle that we venerated in Orvieto. In 1263, in the Church of St. Christina, a priest (Fr. Peter of Prague) was saying Holy Mass, and after he spoke the words of Consecration, blood started to seep from the Host onto the corporal cloth. This is the Miracle that inspired the Pope to institute the Solemnity of Corpus Christi the following year, in 1264. After this prayerful and inspiring day, end your journey in Assisi, hometown of St. Francis and St. Clare, with dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 9 | Friday, October 18: Assisi

We will spend today on a full day tour of Assisi. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where you will see 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. Continue tour by walking through this picturesque town, where St. Francis and St. Clare both followed God’s call to rebuild his church. Enjoy some free time – for additional prayer, shop and 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. This Basilica is made up of two structures, both of which you will visit. The first structure is the “Porziuncola” and the second is the “Capella del Transito” which is the place where St. Francis died. Return to the hotel for dinner and a restful overnight.

Day 10 | Saturday, October 19: Assisi – Ravenna – Assisi

This morning we will depart Assisi for a day trip to Ravenna, a historically important city in Roman times and in the early church.  It was the capital of the western Roman Empire for a time in the 5th century. Ravenna spent centuries under Byzantine rule, and it has some of the best-preserved sites from that time period. There are eight UNESCO World Heritage sites for early Christian monuments in Ravenna.  The city is also famous for its mosaics. After enjoying your day in Ravenna, return to Assisi for dinner and overnight.

Day 11 | Sunday, October 20: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, you will leave Assisi for 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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Optional Post Tour to Florence, Padua and Venice

October 19 – 23, 2024
  • Post Tour hotel accommodations:
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 19 - 21: Hotel Machiavelli Palace, Florence, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 21 - 23: Hotel Biri Best Western, Padua, Italy
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of local guide throughout
  • Whisper headsets
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Saturday, October 19: 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 Campo, 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 | Sunday, October 20: 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 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 the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 | Monday, October 21: Florence - Padua

Following breakfast at your hotel, board the motorcoach for your transfer to Padua. This Northern Italian city honors the “Patron Saint of Lost Things 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 tour 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 | Tuesday, October 22: 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 to view the Doges’ Palace (Duke’s Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Wednesday, October 23: Return Home

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

Would you like to arrive earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will change your airline reservations accordingly, additional fees may apply. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us: sales@206tours.com

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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Optional Post Tour to Florence, Padua and Venice

October 19 – 23, 2024
  • Post Tour hotel accommodations:

      ~ 2 nights: Oct 19 - 21: Hotel Machiavelli Palace, Florence, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 21 - 23: Hotel Biri Best Western, Padua, Italy

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

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Saturday, October 19: 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 Campo, 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 | Sunday, October 20: 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 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 the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 | Monday, October 21: Florence - Padua

Following breakfast at your hotel, board the motorcoach for your transfer to Padua. This Northern Italian city honors the “Patron Saint of Lost Things 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 tour 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 | Tuesday, October 22: 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 to view the Doges’ Palace (Duke’s Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Wednesday, October 23: Return Home

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

Would you like to arrive earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will change your airline reservations accordingly, additional fees may apply. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us: sales@206tours.com

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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