Grand Italy Pilgrimage
Moderate – High
Join us as we explore one of the most powerful and influential cities throughout history, as well as home to the Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City.
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Upon arrival we are greeted by our Holy Land Travel Center Representative who will accompany us throughout our tour. We will transfer to San Paul Outside the Walls, one of the four major basilicas in Rome, where we will celebrate Mass and visit the tombs of St. Paul. After Mass we will retire to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Grand Hotel Palace Rome (D)
After breakfast, the group will attend one of the highlights of the trip, the Papal Audience. In the afternoon, we visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest basilica of the Western World. We then visit the Holy Stairs, believed to be those that led to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, and the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest and most important shrines in the world dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Overnight: Grand Hotel Palace Rome (B, D)
Orvieto & Assisi
We depart Rome and drive to Assisi via Orvieto, where we visit the Gothic Cathedral built to house the holy relics of the Eucharistic Miracle of Orvieto. It was this miracle that occasioned the proclamation of the Feast of Corpus Christi and inspired St. Thomas Aquinas to write the famous hymn “Tantum Ergo.” Here we celebrate Mass. We enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with tasting of the Orvieto and Orvieto Classico wine that this region is famous for. We proceed to Assisi and settle into our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Hotel Fontebella Assisi (B, L, D)
In Assisi, we will visit the Basilica of St. Francis, the upper Basilica with Giotto’s frescoes representing the life of St. Francis, then the lower Basilica and the Tomb of St. Francis. We then proceed to the Basilica of St. Clare for a tour. After lunch, we will transfer to the Convent of San Damiano, where St. Francis received his call to rebuild the Church and where St. Clare lived and died. Here we celebrate Mass before returning to Assisi. Overnight Hotel Fontebella Assisi (B, D)
This morning we depart to visit the medieval town of Siena in Tuscany. We visit the Basilica of San Domenico, where the incorrupt head and finger of St. Catherine lies, and to explore the center and the Piazza del Campo on our own. We continue to Florence in the heart of the Tuscany region. Overnight Grand Hotel Baglioni Florence (B, D)
Today we have a full-day tour of the Renaissance city of Florence, starting from the Academy Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s “David”. Free time during lunch to explore the famous San Lorenzo market. In the afternoon, we will explore the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with its great representation of Tuscan Gothic Architecture, like the giant dome of the church, designed by Brunelleschi. We will see Giotto’s Bell Tower, a 14th century masterpiece that rises to a height of 292 feet and the Baptistry of San Giovanni, withs East Door which is called the Gates of Paradise. The doors took artist Ghiberti 27 years to complete. Then we will visit Michelangelo’s parish church, Santa Croce, where Dante is buried. Here we celebrate Mass before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Grand Hotel Baglioni Florence (B, D)
Enjoy breakfast then we will drive to Rome. Upon arrival, meet the guide for an afternoon guided tour. The ancient Romans referred to Rome as Caput Mundi – the head of the world. As the center of the Roman Republic and then the Empire, Rome witnessed 1,000 years of one of the greatest civilizations in the world before becoming the seat of what is now the Catholic Church. Evidence of the glory of ancient Rome and the Italian Renaissance can be seen throughout the historical center. Next, we explore the famous Colosseum – the largest ancient amphitheater in the world and the site of countless gladiator games. Continue to the Roman forum, the administrative capital of the Empire and the site of some of the most famous speeches in history by the likes of Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony and Cicero. We celebrate Mass before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Grand Hotel Palace Rome (B, D)
We will begin the day with a visit at one of the most important museums in the world. Legally its own country, Vatican City is the head and administrative center of the Catholic Church. One of the most extensive museum collections in the world, the museum is also home to the Sistine Chapel, where the legendary Michelangelo created one of his most famous masterpieces on the ceiling. After the museums we will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest Catholic Basilica ever built. It’s soaring dome was engineered by Michelangelo and the artist’s famous Pieta sculpture and countless other artistic wonders make St. Peter’s church one of the most awe–inspiring buildings in the world. Overnight: Grand Hotel Palace Rome (B, D)
Our walking tour includes some of the beautiful churches and saint relics in the historic district. We start at San Agostino with the tomb of St. Monica, Augustine’s mother, here we celebrate Mass. We will visit St. Agnes where St. Agnes was martyred and the relic of her head resides; the famous Piazza Navona; and St. Luigi, which houses a cycle of paintings by Caravaggio on the life of St. Matthew. After lunch on our own, we continue walking to Santa Maria Sopra Minerva which houses the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena. We visit the Pantheon, and the Church of the Gesu with the tomb of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the hand of St. Francis Xavier. Our last visit is at the Church of the 12 Apostles with the tombs of the Apostles Philip and James the Less; Dinner will be served at a local restaurant located near the 12 Apostles Basilica. We continue walking to marvel at the see of the illuminated Trevi Fountain. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant before returning to our hotel for overnight. Overnight: Grand Hotel Palace Rome (B, D)
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