A Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi

Under The Spiritual Direction Of Fr. JohnPaul Afuecheta
FROM $3,999


May 8 - 18, 2023

Activity Level

Moderate – High

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3 / 24 / 2023

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Depart USA

Depart for your overnight flights to Rome. Dinner on-board, relax, and anticipate your arrival tomorrow morning.

Arrive Rome

We are greeted upon arrival by our Holy Land Travel Center Representative. We then transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Rome (Dinner)

Papal Audience

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. 

Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)

Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)

Christian Rome

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. We then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)


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. Dinner and overnight. 

Overnight: San Giovanni Rotondo (Breakfast, Dinner)

Padre Pio

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. 

Overnight: San Giovanni Rotondo (Breakfast, Dinner)

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.

Overnight: Assisi (Breakfast, Dinner)


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.

Overnight: Assisi (Breakfast, Dinner)


After breakfast we will return to Rome for where we will go on a walking tour stopping along the way at the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and more.

Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10

This morning we visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, and celebrate Mass. Continue the Appian Way, the oldest road from Roman times. Visit the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel and the catacombs of St. Callixtus where the early Christians hid to escape persecution. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11
Return USA

Today we bid farewell to Italy with memories and keepsakes for a lifetime.            


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