10 Days To Italy
What to Expect
unforgettable memories at Rome, Sienna and Assisi.
Depart USA for your overnight flight to Rome. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
We arrive in the beautiful city of Rome. If time permits we might visit the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, this is where the bones of the apostle are preserved, we will celebrate mass and then continue to the hotel on a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome to see the Colosseums. Dinner and overnight accommodations in your hotel.
In the morning, we begin by attending a papal audience with Pope Francis. After the audience we visit the Vatican Museums to see centuries of beautiful art work and artifacts. See the artwork of Michelangelo such as the Pieta and the Sistine Chapel. We will explore St. Peter’s Basilica in all of its splendor, built over St. Peter’s tomb. Dinner and overnight accommodations in your hotel.
We begin by seeing the Basilica of St. Mary Major, which contains a relic from the manger. From here, we visit the Scala Sancta, the stairs Christ climbed to stand before Pontius Pilate. Those who wish may climb the stairs, as is the custom, on their knees. Visit The Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Trevi Fountain. We continue to visit the Church of Domine Quo Vadis, where Christ appeared to Peter and gave him the courage to follow him to martyrdom, as foretold in the Gospels. Finally, we visit the catacombs to see where the persecuted Christians practiced their faith in hiding and are buried. Dinner and overnight accommodations in your hotel.
Heading south, we pass through the rich Italian country side of vineyards, orchards and olive groves. We take in the amazing panoramic views as the hills and valleys call to us. We find ourselves in Montecassino, a town founded by St. Benedict in 529. We continue on to San Giovanni Rotondo, the hometown of St. Padre Pio. Dinner and overnight accommodations in your hotel.
We celebrate mass at the tomb of St. Padre Pio and take a tour of the sanctuary. We see the old church and the crucifix before which he received the stigmata in 1918. We see the confessional where Padre Pio directed people on their path. We stand and pray before Padre Pio’s incorrupt body. Moving on, we have a stunning view of the Gargano Peninsula as we pass by to the Grotto of Michael the Archangel.Saints, popes and people from all over have come to this grotto looking for the protection and intercession of St. Michael. Dinner and overnight accommodations in your hotel.
We travel to Lanciano to visit the Church of St. Longinus,home of a Eucharistic miracle. We marvel at the miracle and celebrate mass before traveling to see the Holy House of Nazareth, the house where Mary first prayed the Magnificat, and the Madonna of Loreto. Dinner and overnight accommodations in your hotel.
Start the day by driving from Loreto to Assisi and visit The namesake of our Pope, St. Francis of Assisi which will be our main focus today as we begin our tour with a visit to his tomb. We will tour the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and view many of his personal possessions. The crucifix that spoke to him, asking him, “Rebuild my Church.” We visit the chapel where St. Francis spent most of his time as well as the Church of St. Clare, where her relics are housed. Dinner and overnight accommodations in your hotel.
In the morning, we head to Siena and view the city’s Romanesque Gothic cathedral that was completed in 1380. The Sanctuary of St.Catherine of Siena houses the miraculous Crucifix from which she received her stigmata. We walk the shell shaped Piazza del Campo town square which houses the Palazza Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia two of their many architectural treasures. We continue on to see the incorrupt relics of St. Catherine of Siena at the Basilica of St. Dominic. Afterward, we continue to Rome. Dinner and overnight accommodations in your hotel.
We leave Assisi and depart from Rome airport for our flight home to the USA.
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