A Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi
Join Fr. Hyginus Anuta on a pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi!
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We are greeted upon arrival by our Holy Land Travel Center Representative. Time permitting, we stop at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls for our guided visit and celebrate Mass. We then transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we will explore the spiritual capital for all Catholics around the world. Today attend a papal audience pending the papal schedule, followed by a visit to the Vatican Museums. We will cover the Tapestry Gallery, the Raphael Rooms and the overwhelming Sistine Chapel with the restored mural of the Last Judgment. Later, enter the largest church in Christendom, St Peter’s Basilica, built on the site of St. Peter’s tomb. We will also visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II located at the Vatican. Dinner and overnight.
Following breakfast, we depart for full day, highlighting Christian Rome which includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady, which contains relics from the manger of the infant Jesus. Continue to the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Pope’s Cathedral church where relics of both Sts. Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. See the Scala Santa (Holy Staircase) which is believed to be from Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. Time permitting, climb the steps on your knees in memory of Christ’s Passion. After break for lunch we will drive along the ancient Appian Way, the oldest road from Roman times. We visit the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel and the catacombs of St. Callixtus where the early Christians hid to escape persecution. We then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Following breakfast, head south crossing through the Roman countryside with its villas and vineyards. During our drive, our tour escort will explain the spiritual, historical and cultural overview of Italy, which will help to orient you to this beautiful country and prepare you for all that you will experience in the days to follow. We stop at Montecassino, a beautiful abbey founded by Saint Benedict in 529. After lunch we continue through the countryside heading east to Padre Pio’s town, San Giovanni Rotondo, our base for the following two nights.
After Mass at the tomb of St. Padre Pio, tour the sanctuary and see the old church and the crucifix he was praying in front of when he received the stigmata for the second time in 1918. See the confessional where Padre Pio spent innumerable hours with multitudes of pilgrims, view the Gargano Peninsula and the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Six different Popes, St Francis and at least four other saints have knelt in prayer at this grotto, seeking the protection of St Michael the Archangel. Afterwards enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean and the surrounding countryside. Dinner and overnight.
Lanciano & Loreto
After breakfast, we make our way to Lanciano to visit the Church of St. Longinus where you see the Eucharistic Miracle and celebrate Mass. Continue toward the Adriatic coast to the Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. More than 50 popes 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. We continue to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, and the founder of the Franciscan Order. St. Francis of Assisi is the first person recorded who received the stigmata.
After breakfast, we begin a full day tour in the hometown of St. Francis. This will include a visit to the 13th century Basilica which houses the tomb of St. Francis. We will kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus Christ directed Francis to “rebuild my Church”. A visit to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels which houses the Portiuncula Chapel that Saint Francis built in response to the request to “rebuild my Church”. We continue to the Basilica of Saint Clare which contains the remains of Saint Clare of Assisi. Throughout our full day we will enjoy strolling the medieval streets of this little historic town.
After breakfast, we drive to Orvieto, famous for its wine and the Cathedral, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. We take a funicular to the town then enjoy a guided tour to see the dodecagon, a rare and unique 12-sided figure in the form of a bell tower, at Sant’ Andrea Church on Piazza della Repubblica, and continue the guided tour to the Cathedral, where we see the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena. Then we celebrate Mass. We enjoy time at leisure for an independent lunch This afternoon, on the way back to Assisi, we will stop in Perugia. The main city of the Umbria region Enjoy time at leisure to stroll around the city before we return to Assisi.
After breakfast we return to Rome. Upon arrival we enjoy a guided tour of the Imperial Rome area to see the Colosseum, the Roman Forums, the Capitol Hill and the Palatine Hill. Tour ends at the Trevi Fountain. After break for lunch we enjoy time at leisure for shopping at the Spanish Steps area. In the late afternoon, after Mass, we board our bus and drive to the roman hills area, here we will spend the last two nights.
After breakfast we drive to visit Villa D’Este a Unesco world heritage site, where our guide will tell us about the history and development of the villa, considered one of the most enchanting sites of the late Italian Renaissance. We break for independent lunch in the village, then we return to the hotel to relax and pack to be ready for the next day check out. In the late afternoon we will drive to Castel Gandolfo. Time at leisure to explore the charming little town where the Papal Residence is the dominant attraction. We will enjoy a restaurant farewell dinner before returning to the hotel for the night.
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