Pilgrimage to Italy
Spiritual Director: Fr. Gerard Gordon
May 23 - June 3, 2019
Venice · Padua (St. Anthony) · Florence · Siena · Assisi (St. Francis) · Gubbio · La Verna · Orvieto · Rome
Step foot into the four Major Basilicas, stare out into the Square from the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, and having the opportunity to attend the Papal Audience with his successor. Closing out your pilgrimage, triumphant, lost in prayer, and surrounded by God's love in the hometown of St. Francis of Assisi.
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from NY (JFK)
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Trip on deluxe coach
- Professional tour escort throughout
- Centrally located 4 star hotels hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ May 24 - 26 | Padua: Hotel AC Padova
- ~ May 26 - 28 | Florence: Starhotels Tuscany
- ~ May 28 - 31 | Assisi: Hotel Giotto, Hotel Dal Moro
- Breakfast daily
- 9 dinners
- Wine with included dinners
- 2 lunches
- Local guide in Venice, Padua, Florence, Siena, Assisi, Gubbio, La Verna, Orvieto & Rome
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Porterage service at hotels (1 suitcase per person)
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches not mentioned, dinner on day 9, beverages not mentioned, tips to guide & driver.
Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.
A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.
Thursday, May 23 | Depart USA
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.
Friday, May 24 | Venice Airport - Padua
Upon arrival at Venice airport, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by a tour escort and/or driver. You will make your way to the bus and transfer to the city of Padua. This Northern Italy city honors the "Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes", St. Anthony. We will visit the Basilica of St. Anthony, where the group will celebrate Mass (approximately 5 PM) and have an opportunity to visit the tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Saturday, May 25 | Padua - Venice - Padua
Today, you will have early breakfast. Board your bus to depart to the magical city of Venice. After Mass enjoy a tour of the "City paved with Water!" Your walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark's Square, the largest square in the city and the site of many government buildings; the Golden Basilica of San Marco, known for the great mosaics that depict the Old and New Testament of the Bible; and the Bridge of Sighs, a bridge that will bring eternal love to those who drift below it. You will also have the chance to view the Doges' Palace (Duke's Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. We will visit a glass shop before returning to Padua for dinner and overnight.
Sunday, May 26 | Padua - Florence
After breakfast, we will continue our journey to Florence. Stop for an early lunch on your own in the city of Bologna. Upon arrival in Florence, you will notice immediately that it is the land for art lovers. Some of the most world renowned artists are from Florence such as, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, and many others. This afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore L'Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, you will view the works of artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo and the ever famous sculpture by Michelangelo, David. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.
Monday, May 27 | Florence - Florence
In Florence, your day begins with breakfast, followed by a guided tour. The tour starts at the Church of the Holy Cross, Santa Croce, where many nobles are buried, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. Continue to walk by Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is an iconic piece of architecture of the city of Florence. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 13th century. This afternoon, after visiting an iconic leather shop near Santa Croce and coming together for a group photo at Piazzale Michelangelo, you will have time to explore Florence on your own. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, May 28 | Florence - Siena - Assisi
Enjoy breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to the Tuscan city of Siena. This medieval city is the birthplace of St. Catherine "Doctor of the Church", and the Apostle of Italy, St. Bernardine. Visit the Basilica of St. Catherine (which is also known as the Basilica of St. Domenico). St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this Basilica. It is here you will also view the incorrupt head of St. Catherine. After, we will visit the Shrine of St. Catherine, which occupies the site of her family home. Enjoy our walking tour through the Siena including a visit to its Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). We will conclude at one of Italy's finest squares, the Piazza Del Campo (location of the famous annual "Palio"), where the group will enjoy a special lunch together. Continue on to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Upon arrival in Assisi, you will enjoy dinner, before retiring to your room for a restful night's sleep.
Wednesday, May 29 | Assisi (Full Day tour)
Enjoy an early breakfast, followed by a full day of touring the hometown of St. Francis. St. Francis is the "Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment." Additionally, he is responsible for founding the Franciscan Order, and an inspiration to all by preferring to live in simplicity and humility, while giving up all other worldly possessions. As we visit the birthplace of St. Francis, you will become captivated as the atmosphere has not changed since St. Francis began his ministry, in the early 13th-century. We will start our tour at the St. Francis Basilica, visit his tomb of St. Francis, and have the opportunity to view a series of frescoes depicting his life, along with a few of the saint's possessions. From there, we will continue on a walking tour through this picturesque town, including the birthplace of St. Francis, and ending with a tour of the Church that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. This Saint followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by also living a life of poverty and humility. Enjoy some free time on your own - you may take this time for additional prayer, shop in the many gift shops or enjoy a nice lunch. After lunch, we will board the bus, which will take us outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This is where St. Francis spent most of life. This Basilica is made up of two structures, both of which you will visit. The first structure, is the "Porziuncola", which is where St. Francis founded his order of the Friar Minor (Franciscans); we will celebrate Mass at this beautiful church. The second, is the "Capella del Transito", which is the place of St. Francis' death. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Rose Garden where St. Francis and other friars lived, as well as the cave where the Saint retired to pray. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Thursday, May 30 | Assisi - Gubbio - La Verna - Assisi
After breakfast, we will drive through the beautiful Umbrian mountains to Gubbio. Enjoy this medieval town with a visit to St. Francis Church, were we will be celebrating Mass. After Mass we will visit a town that seems painted onto the hill, a succession of backdrops against which towers and houses stand out, all embraced by walls. The town had been freed by St. Francis from a terrible and fierce wolf who afflicted it. After lunch, on your own, we will continue to La Verna, this is the place where St. Francis, over the years, had been seven times and the last time in 1224 where he received the stigmata. Here you will be able to pray in the Chapel of the Stigmata, the Basilica and the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. You will also be able to admire the beautiful artworks of Andrea della Robbia. Return to Assisi for dinner and overnight.
Friday, May 31 | Assisi - Orvieto - Rome
After an early breakfast, you will head north through the Roman countryside of vineyards and villas. Throughout this bus ride, your tour escort will share very interesting information regarding the spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects of Italy. Arrive in Orvieto, a city known for its Duomo and considered one of the most architecturally important in Europe, for its Etruscan roots, and for the museums where one finds collections and displays that range over 2,500 years of history. During this tour you will walk through Orvieto's charming, narrow alleys, and small squares. Your tour will be a very memorable experience, perfect for reflecting over while you enjoy an Umbrian meal and a glass of Orvieto Classico wine. After lunch, board the coach and continue on to Rome. Following Mass in "The Eternal City.", you will have a free later afternoon to explore this incredible city. Dinner is on your own this evening before overnight
Saturday, June 1 | Rome (Vatican Museums, Saint Peter's Basilica, & Christian Rome)
This morning you will enjoy an early breakfast before making your way to the Vatican Museums. At the world-renowned museum, you will see the most impressive of edifices, galleries, and awe-inspiring relics. Additionally, you will observe the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo's Masterpiece, the restored mural of the Last Judgment. Continue to the largest Church in Christendom, St. Peter's Basilica. This Basilica was built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. It is here that you will view Michelangelo's Pieta. This stunning marble sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion, death, and removal off the cross before being placed in the tomb. The final stop on your Vatican tour is at the tomb of Saint John Paul II. After lunch on your own, the tour begins with a visit the oldest of the four major basilicas in Rome, and the home to the relics of Peter and Paul, the Basilica of St. John the Lateran. This Basilica is where the Pope is installed as Bishop of Rome, and where he officiates as the Bishop of Rome. Next, we will cross the street to visit the Holy Staircase. Tradition states that this staircase is from Pontius Pilate's palace of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. It is also said that this Staircase was brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. If time permits, you may climb the steps on your knees, in memory of Christ's agonizing Passion. To conclude your day, we will proceed to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. This Basilica contains a relic from the Manger of the Infant Jesus. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
*The Scala Santa is currently under restoration. Thus, the Vatican has displayed an image replicating the stairs in front of the entrance where you will walk in. There are several staircases just to the side of the Scala Santa that you may ascend on your knees. You will still be able to receive the same graces and indulgences by going up any of the alternative stairs.
Sunday, June 2 | Rome (Papal Blessing, Classic Italy)
Today, after breakfast, we will take a panoramic tour down the Appian Way, the earliest road of Ancient Rome. This road leads to the Domino Quo Vadis Chapel, the Baths of Caracalla, the Arch of Drusus, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and ends at the catacombs of St. Callixtus. Afterwards, enjoy some time for shopping at Savellis. Continue to St. Peter's square where you will have the opportunity to see the Pope (pending the schedule of the Holy Father). He will appear from the window of his apartment in Vatican city, deliver a short speech followed by the Angelus. He will impart the Apostolic Blessing at the end of the prayer. After free time for lunch on your own, we will spend the remainder of the tour visiting Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and enter the Coliseum. We will make our way to a local restaurant for our final dinner together. Following dinner, feel free to explore the streets of Rome, or return to the hotel for overnight.
Monday, June 3 | Rome - Rome Airport
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Rome airport for return flights home.*
*OR add an additional night in Rome for additional free time-including transfer, returning June 4, 2019
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Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)
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About your trip
- Rome (Pope Francis)
- Amalfi Coast
- La Verna
- Assisi (St. Francis)
Rome has been one of history's most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter's Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.
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