Pilgrimage to Italy
Celebrate 800 years since the death of St. Dominic
August 1 – 11, 2021
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 2 nights, Aug 2 - 4: Starhotel Tuscany, Florence
- ~ 2 nights, Aug 4 - 6: Hotel NH, Padua
- ~ 2 nights, Aug 6 - 8: Hotel Grand Visconti Palace, Milan
- ~ 3 nights, Aug 8 - 11: Hotel Genova, Turin
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of local guide throughout
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1, Sunday, August 1 - Depart for Florence
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, August 2 - Arrival in Florence
Welcome to Florence. Upon arrival at Florence airport, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be greeted by a tour escort and/or driver. You will make your way to the bus and transfer to your hotel. Following check-in, you will have free time to unpack and relax, or explore Florence on your own. Your tour escort may suggest places to visit. Later in the afternoon, your group will meet in the hotel lobby for a "Meet and Greet" with your fellow pilgrims and depart for Mass. Following Mass, you will attend a welcome dinner. Upon arrival in Florence, you will notice immediately that it is the land for art lovers. Some of the most world re-nowned 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 3, Tuesday, August 3 - 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 everfamous sculpture by Michelangelo, David. This afternoon you will have time to explore Florence on your own. Return to hotel for dinner and an overnight.
Day 4, Wednesday, August 4 - Florence – Bologna - Padua
Following breakfast at your hotel, board the motor coach for your transfer to Bologna to celebrate Mass to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the death of St. Dominic. Enjoy a tour of Bologna, the historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. Its Piazza Maggiore is lined with arched colonnades, cafes and medieval and Renaissance structures such as City Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the Basilica di San Petronio. Among the city’s many medieval towers are the Two Towers, leaning Asinelli and Garisenda. After lunch continue 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 an overnight.
Day 5, Thursday, August 5 - 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 an overnight.
Day 6, Friday, August 6 - Padua - Verona - Milan
After breakfast, depart towards Verona. Upon arrival tour this medieval old town built between the meandering Adige river. Its famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet." A 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is said be “Juliet’s House." Walk on Piazza delle Erbe, the town’s forum in Roman times, which is home to a produce market and the Torre dei Lamberti bell tower, started in 1172. San Zeno Basilica has a fresco-filled interior and medieval bronze doors depicting biblical stories. Verona Cathedral, built mainly in the 12th-century, contains “The Assumption of the Virgin,” a 16th-century painting by Titian. Along the Adige River, the Museo di Castelvecchio, in a 14th-century fortified castle, houses paintings, sculptures and military weapons from the Middle Ages. The Ponte Pietra is a Roman-era stone bridge. After lunch we continue onto the city of Milan for dinner and a restful overnight.
Day 7, Saturday, August 7 - Milan - Mesero – Milan
Following breakfast, visit the Basilica of St. Ambrogio (tomb of St. Ambrose) and the Duomo (location of the tomb of St Charles Borromeo) including a visitation to the Baptismal Font. After free time for lunch we depart to the countryside around Milan. We will enjoy a walking tour of Milan, before boarding the motor coach to the Shrine and tomb of St Gianna Berreto at Mesero. The group will visit Magenta and Pontenuovo to see the house where she was born, the Basilica di San Martino where she was baptized and the chapel of Madonna del Buon Consiglio where she used to pray and where her children has been baptized. We'll return to our hotel in Milan for dinner and overnight.
Day 8, Sunday, August 8 - Milan - Certosa – Pavia -Turin
Following breakfast, enjoy sightseeing with a local guide in Milan and visit the famous "Last Supper", We will continue to the Carthusian Certosa di Pavia, north of the town of Pavia, to admire its church and the monastery; one of the largest monasteries in Italy. Afterwards, the city of Pavia awaits you with its famous covered bridge over Ticino river and the middle age historical center. One of the most famous churches built by a Lombard king in Pavia is the church San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro. The largest tomb of the three located in San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro contains the remains of St. Augustine of Hippo. After our visit, we will depart this evening to the beautiful city of Turin.
Day 9, Monday, August 9 - Turin - Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Sanctuary of Maria Ausiliatrice, Corpus Domini - Castelnuovo Don Bosco
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 its home - the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist where Blessed Giorgio Frassati in buried. Visit Corpus Domini - site of the Eucharistic Miracle. Following lunch 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. Castelnuovo Don Bosco, the birthplace of St. John Bosco in the province of Asti. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 10, Tuesday, August 10 - Turin - Oropa - Biella - Turin
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. We return to Turin for dinner and overnight.
Day 11, Wednesday, August 11 - Return Home
After an early breakfast, your group will leave by motor coach and transfer to the Turin airport for return flights home.
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