Grand Tour of Italy: Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice, & Milan
Moderate – High
You are personally invited to join us on a pilgrimage to Italy. In Assisi, you will see, walk and pray at the same locations where St. Francis and St. Clare, and many others before us came closer to God. Visiting Padua, Venice, and Florence rounds out what promises to be an enriching and unforgettable experience. While in Rome, this pilgrimage will take us to the sacred sites of our Catholic faith, including the Sistine Chapel and the Basilicas of Christian Rome. We will also take in the historic venues of ancient Rome, including an optional tour to the Roman Forum and outside the Coliseum. We will celebrate Liturgies, celebrate mass each day, as well as, have the opportunity to attend the Holy Father’s general audience. Best of all, we will be celebrating our faith, forming deeper bonds of friendship, and enjoying food and customs of other cultures. There is nothing like sharing such experiences with family and friends in faith. We hope you will join us!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Timothy Foy
Book With Confidence
All new travel bookings automatically come with our Book with Confidence Travel Plan*—free of charge. This plan gives pilgrims the ability to move their booking to another destination or simply a different available departure date in our vast travel portfolio, no questions asked. They just need to let us know 120 days* before departure and we’ll waive all penalties and get them booked on a new pilgrimage.
*The Book with Confidence Travel Plan allows for any new booking made with Holy Land Travel Center to be changed to a different destination or to another available departure date. Notice of change in travel plans must be given 120 days before departure; standard cancellation penalties will apply for full cancellation without rebooking or changes made within 120 days to departure. Applicable price and eligible promotions for the new tour will apply; if new trip is less expensive, a future travel credit will be issued for the difference in price. Cannot be applied to Passion Play Pilgrimages. No cash value. Credit is fully transferable. Offer reliant on space availability. Effective 10.7.2020. May be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details.
Upon arrival in Rome, you will be met by your Holy Land Travel Center representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in your hotel. Overnight: Rome (D)
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 (B, D)
Following breakfast, we depart for full day of 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 relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. Continue to the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope’s Cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. See the 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, visit St Paul Outside the Walls, and celebrate Mass. Continue on to 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. Conclude by visiting the Trevi Fountain. Dinner and overnight. Overnight: Rome (B, D)
Today we leave Rome and head to Assisi in the Umbria’s Region. Upon arrival, we visit the sites of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, including the Basilica of Santa Maria Degli Angeli (Our Lady of the Angels). Inside this Basilica, we explore the Portiuncola, the chapel of the Transitus and the Rose Garden. We continue to the Basilica of St. Clare, the Town Hall Square and the Basilica of St. Francis. We enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the lovely town with its quaint streets and alleys. Overnight: 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: Florence (B, D)
This morning we discover the wonders of Florence, “City of Art.” We visit the Academy of Fine Arts to view Renaissance masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s “David.” We explore the wonderful Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo), the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce, housing Michelangelo’s tomb. Overnight: Florence (B, D)
Following breakfast, we head into the Tuscan countryside to explore the region’s rich history and culture. We visit San Gimignano, a very well-preserved medieval town dating back to the 12th century. We have free time to walk the streets and taste the local wine. Later, we continue our journey to Pisa to visit the leaning tower; its pretty Romanesque monuments and Cathedral. We return to Florence for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Florence (B, D)
This morning we head to Verona. Visit this beautiful medieval city related to the Legend of Romeo and Juliet and continue to Padua, where we will visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello’s “Gattamelata.” Evening is at leisure to rest of explore Padua on our own. Overnight: Mestre (Venice) (B, D)
After breakfast, we take our private boat to San Marc’s Square and explore Venice, nicknamed “la Serenissima.” We begin with a guided walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, one of the largest open spaces in Venice. We visit two of its landmark buildings, the Basilica of San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. We will be able to participate in a glass-blowing demonstration. We enjoy a free afternoon to explore on our own, sightsee, shop or take a gondola ride with music on one of Venice’s scenic canals. Overnight: Mestre (Venice) (B, D)
Today we take in the sights of Milan including the famous opera house La Scala; the 19th century Galleria; and Milan Cathedral whose impossible size took nearly 6 centuries to construct. We end our tour of Milan with a special private viewing of Leonardo Da Vinci’s fresco masterpiece, the Last Supper, located in the Church of Santa Marie delle Grazzie. Overnight: Milan (B, D)