Join us on a Pilgrimage to
Italy

Shroud of Turin  *  Oropa (Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati)   Pollone
Biella 
Florence  Siena  *  Rome (Audience with Pope Francis)


May 24 - June 4, 2015   |   $4,199 from New York











 
Spiritual Leaders & Special Guest:


Fr. Charles Mangano
Pastor of Curé of Ars Church


Fr. Tony Stanganelli
Pastor of St. Brigid’s Church


Christine Wohar
Founder / Executive Director
of FrassatiUSA.org


Group Coordinators:  Sadie & Alex Scichilone

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Yaritza@206tours.com
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YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
 Round Trip Airfare from New York
All Airport Fuel Taxes and Surcharges
10 nights at Three and Four Star Hotels as follows: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights | May 25 - 27 | Mercure Torino Royal, Turin
      ~ 2 nights | May 27 - 29 | Hotel Agora, Biella
      ~ 2 nights | May 29 - 31 | Hotel Vespucci, Florence
      ~ 4 nights | May 31 - June 4 | Hotel Quirinale, Rome
Transfers as per itinerary on a group basis
Tour escort to accompany the group for duration of the trip
Breakfast and Dinner daily
Wine and mineral water with dinners
Transportation by deluxe motor coach
Assistance of a professional Catholic guide(s)
Sightseeing and admissions fees per itinerary
Conference Room each evening for “Sharing and Reflection”
Mass daily & Spiritual Activities
Luggage handling (1 piece per person)

 Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents

 

Not Included:
Lunches, Beverages not mentioned, Individual Transfers, Travel Insurance (www.206tours.com/insurance), Extended Cancellation Protection Plan at additional $299 (www.206tours.com/cancellationprotection), Tips to your guide & driver, and Items of a personal nature. Scavi Tour: Pending Availability and Confirmation



Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Day 1 - Sunday - May 24: New York – Milan
Depart New York for your overnight flight to Milan. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

 

Day 2 - Monday - May 25: Arrive in Milan - Turin
Upon arrival your escort will warmly greet you this morning and welcome you to Italy. We will celebrate Mass and then enjoy a half day tour of Milan. You will then transfer to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 - Tuesday - May 26: The Shroud of Turin and the Sanctuary of Maria Ausiliatrice on the 200th Anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco
This morning we’ll visit the Shroud of Turin at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The Shroud of Turin, one of the world’s most famous relics. There have been few expositions of the shroud in the 20th century. The Shroud, a piece of herringbone twilled linen cloth measuring 14.5 feet by 3.9 feet, is believed by many Roman Catholics to be the cloth in which Christ’s body was wrapped after his crucifixion. It bears the faint imprint of a man and the apparent signs of wound marks that correspond to those Christ sustained during his crucifixion. We will celebrate Mass, followed by prayer in front of Blessed Frassati’s body, and then conclude with a tour of the Cathedral. After our visit, we will continue to the Sanctuary of Maria Ausiliatrice, The Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, completed in 1868. This church in Turin was originally part of a home for poor boys founded by Saint John Bosco, which now contains his remains with the relics of other saints. In 2015, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, who had a vision of the Virgin Mary and revealed the site of the martyrdom of the Turinese saints, Solutor, Adventor and Octavius. The Basilica dell' Ausiliatrice was built on the site of their death and the church also houses the relics of these saints. We will continue our day with touring of this beautiful city. In sight of the Italian Alps, see Turin’s promenades and historic buildings. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4 - Wednesday - May 27: Turin – Oropa - Pollone - Biella
After breakfast, we will depart for Oropa, which is at the base of the mountains. We will see the brown Madonna, and the Church where Frassati prayed. See the mountain he climbed, and take a cable car that goes half way up the mountain to the lake. We will have free time for lunch in Oropa, and then make our way to Pollone. It is here we will visit Frassati’s summer home, which is where we will celebrate Mass. Following Mass, we will have dinner at a nearby restaurant, with a presentation of his life following. Continue on to Biella for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5 - Thursday - May 28: Biella - Pollone - Biella
After breakfast, we will return to Pollone for a day of prayer, as well as the Rosary and Adoration led by Father Charles and Father Tony. There will be talks on spirituality, followed by Mass before we return to Biella for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 6 - Friday - May 29: Biella – Florence
After breakfast, we are off to the beautiful town of Florence. Enjoy the beautiful Italian Country side. We’ll stop for lunch (on your own), and continue toward our final destination for the day, our hotel in Florence. A true paradise for culture and art lovers, Florence drew to itself the greatest artists of the Renaissance: Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello and many others. Enjoy guided tour of Florence which includes magnificent Franciscan church of The Holy Cross or Santa Croce with the beautiful facade, church is a burial place of nobles, among which is Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Walking tour through Piazza Signoria, pass by Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio. Continue through Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore 13th century cathedral. After lunch we will visit L'Accadamia where we will view Michelangelo's "David" as well as other works of art. We will then celebrate Mass and then gather for dinner to share stories of our day.

 

Day 7 - Saturday - May 30: Florence (Free Day)
After breakfast, you will have the remainder of the day free to spend at your own leisure. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel.

 

Day 8 - Sunday - May 31: Florence – Siena – Rome
After breakfast we will head south to Siena, the birthplace of Saints Catherine (Doctor of the Church, and one of the two patron Saints of Italy, with St. Francis of Assisi) and Bernardine (known as the “Apostle of Italy” for his efforts to revive the Catholic faith in the 15th century). Siena is also one of Italy’s loveliest medieval cities. Here we will stroll the Piazza Del Campo, one of Italy’s finest squares and visit the Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Francis, containing the miraculous consecrated hosts that remained intact since 1730.
After Siena we are off to the beautiful city of Rome for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 9 through 11 - Monday through Wednesday - June 1 through 3: Rome

Over the next three days, we will visit the following:

 

St. Peters Square / Papal Audience / Vatican Museum:
It is also spiritual capital for all the Catholics around the world. Today is truly a day we will have in our minds for many years to come. We will go to Vatican City to attend a special Papal Blessing given by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending papal schedule). Following the blessing, visit of the Vatican Museums (pending museum schedule), a group of most impressive edifices with hundreds of galleries filled with art treasures. See awe-inspiring relics and works of art donated throughout centuries as tributes of faith. We'll cover The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms and the most overwhelming Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Masterpiece, restored mural of the Last Judgment. Later, enter the largest church in Christendom, St Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred. Unsurpassed in beauty, a monument to the long history of the Catholic Church, to which pilgrims come from around the world, St Peter's is the grandest of the world's churches. Marvel Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy. Pope Francis visited the tomb of St. Peter, following his elevation, for a visit of devotion that lasted 45 minutes. He is the first pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. We will also visit the grave of Pope John Paul II located at the Vatican.


Christian Rome Tour:
Sightseeing tour entitled "Christian Rome" which includes: the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, a shrine that contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. We continue on to the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs), famous for being the steps that led up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, which Jesus Christ stood on during his Passion on his way to trial. Sixtus V had the steps transferred in 1589, to their present site, before the Sancta Santorum (Holy of Holies). Next, we will visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377. It is also the where Pope Francis was formally installed as Bishop of Rome, and honored the Blessed John Paul II by arriving a half hour early to bless a plaque renaming a corner of the piazza outside the church after him. Stop for lunch (on own), and then we will continue on to visit St Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St Paul under its main altar; and the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. We will also enjoy a visit to the Trevi fountain.


Scavi Tour:
A tour of the Tomb of St. Peter and the Necropolis under the Vatican Basilica. Tickets for the Scavi Tour are on “First Come - First Serve” basis. To preserve the excavations, the Vatican only allows 250 pilgrims per day. Tickets have been requested by Father Charles, and are “Pending” confirmation. IF they can be confirmed, the cost of tickets will be charged accordingly. We will meet together each evening for dinner before we return to our rooms for overnight. You may choose to walk or explore the area following dinner if you choose.

 

Day 12, Thursday - June 4: Return to New York
We bid farewell to our new friends, and to a Pilgrimage which will be in our hearts and memories for a long time to come. We depart for Rome Airport for our return flights to New York. Arrivederci Italia!

 

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About Rome:
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. Experience Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, The Sistine Chapel & The Vatican Museum, Audience with Holy Father, Padre Pio, St. Francis & St. Claire, Holy Mass in St. Ambrose Eucharistic Miracle Church, St. Catherine doctor of the Church Siena, Saint Anthony in Padua & St. Marc in Venice - The perfect Catholic pilgrimage!



St. Peter's Basilica, Rome
 

Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence, Italy
 

Biella Oropa Sanctuary Basilica, Italy








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St. Peters Basilica, Rome, Italy

Pope Francis I Papal Audience with Pope Francis


Saint John Bosco


Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Shroud of Turin 2015
The Shroud of Turin, Italy


Michelangelo's Pieta, St. Peters Basilica, Rome


Milan Duomo, Italy

Biella, Italy


Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy

 
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