† Round Trip Airfare from New York † All airport fuel taxes and surcharges
† 8 nights at First Class - Four Star Hotel (Rome) and Religious Houses (Assisi):
~ 5 nights Oct 16 - 21: Hotel Concilizzione, Rome
~ 3 nights Oct 21 - 24: Saint Anthony Guest House, Assisi † Transfers as per itinerary on a group basis † 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 † Catholic Priest as spiritual advisor (Fr. Nelson)
We gather at Maria Regina Church (optional addition) to board our bus to JFK Airport for our overnight flight to Rome. Meals will be served on board.
Day 2 | Sunday, October 16 - Arrive Rome
Welcome to Rome, one of the most magnificent and interesting cities in the world, also known as the “Eternal City”. You will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon we will meet our guide who will remain with us for the entire pilgrimage. We will celebrate Sunday Mass together followed by a welcome dinner with wine. This evening we will walk with Fr. Frank and our guide to St. Peter’s Square for an orientation and pray the Rosary together (optional).
Day 3 | Monday, October 17: Ancient Rome Tour (*Scavi Tour) Following breakfast, we depart our hotel to go back in time as we explore the landmarks of the Roman Empire, also known as “Ancient / Imperial Rome”. Some of the stops will include: Michaelangelo’s Renais-sance Palace built on the ruins of the Acropolis and dating back to the 16th century. (Today, it is the seat of the city government.) Capitol Square is marked by several notable works of art including two colossal statues of Castor and Pollux that stand guard on the magnificent staircase leading into the palace. We will also visit the Coliseum, and the Roman Forum, which at the time, was the center of the Roman Empire’s political, military and social world. These days, the ruins of the Forum consist of the Temple of Julius Caesar, Basilica Emilia, the Arch of Titus and the Holy Road. And finally, you will see the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli that houses Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the statue of Moses. We share Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at our Hotel.
Scavi Tour: The “Scavi” are the excavations of the underground necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica including the Tomb of St. Peter. Special tickets for the Scavi Tour are available on a “First Come – First Serve” basis. To pre-serve the excavations, the Vatican only allows 250 pilgrims per day. Tickets have been requested by Father Nelson, and are “pending” confirmation. If they can be confirmed, the cost of tickets will be charged accordingly.
Day 4 | Tuesday, October 18: Rome: Basilica of St. John the Lateran (and the Holy Steps) and St. Mary Major - Trevi Fountain / Piazza Navona (optional) Following breakfast, we depart our hotel to visit two of the most i-portant Churches in Rome. We begin at St. John Lateran where we will walk through the Holy Doors and visit the Pope’s cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. It was here that Pope Francis was formally installed as Bishop of Rome. Next we cross the street to see the Holy Staircase which is believed to be a staircase from Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. Time permitting we may climb the steps on our knees in memory of Christ’s Passion. Next, we continue on to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady. Again, we walk through the Holy Doors remembering our pilgrimage during this Holy Year of Mercy. St. Mary Major contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. We will celebrate Mass, and then return to our hotel for dinner. Following dinner, we will take taxis to the Trevi Fountain built in the 15th Century to mark the ending destination of the Aqua Virgo – a man-made channel erected in 19 B.C. Throw your coin in the fountain to make sure you return to Rome! We then walk together to Piazza Navona- one of the most lively squares in Rome. Fr. Frank will treat you to a delicious Gelato at the famous Tre Scalini Bar where the Tartufo has been the signature desert since 1946! We return by taxi to our hotel.
Day 5 | Wednesday, October 19: Rome: Papal Audience - (Free Time)
Following breakfast, we will make our way to St. Peter’s Square to attend the Papal Audience, led by His Holiness, Pope Francis. (The Papal Audience is scheduled to take place every Wednesday, pending the schedule of the Holy Father). Following the audience, we will have the remainder of the day free to spend at your own leisure. This is a great day to buy all your religious souvenirs right in the area of the Vatican. This evening we will gather for Evening Prayer and fellowship before dinner and overnight.
Day 6 | Thursday, October 20: Rome: Vatican Museum - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
Following breakfast, we will depart to walk through the Holy Doors and celebrate Mass in 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 at the Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy. After Mass we visit the Vatican Museums, a place of unsurpassed beauty containing 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 including the restored mural of the Last Judgment. The tour of the museum ends as we make our way back into St. Peter’s Basilica. Our group will now visit the tomb of St. John Paul II. After a busy morning, there will be some free time for lunch, and then we will drive to visit the last of the 4 pilgrimage churches: St Paul Outside the Walls. We walk through the Holy Doors and enjoy the magnificent mosaics of all the Popes throughout history. We conclude our day and wonderful stay in Rome with dinner in a local restaurant in Rome.
Day 7 | Friday, October 21: Rome Catacombs - Assisi
After an early breakfast, we depart our hotel. We continue via the Appian Way -the ancient road dating from Roman times. We pass the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel, the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and arrive at the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. After our visit, we head north through the Roman countryside with its villas and vineyards towards Assisi. During our drive, our tour escort will explain the spiritual, historical, and cultural overview of Italy, which will help to orient you to this beautiful country and prepare you for all that you will experience in the days to follow. We make our way to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environ-ment, and the founder of the Franciscan Order. We arrive in time for dinner at our hotel.
Days 8 - 9 | Saturday, October 22 - Sunday, October 23 - Assisi (The Life of a Saint, which inspired a Holy Father) One cannot spend time in Assisi without spiritual preparation. We would like to give you the gift of a mini retreat in this holy place. Each morn-ing after breakfast, we will have a one hour presentation to open our hearts to the peace and simplicity which Francis emulated. This will be a holy and very special time which will be one of the most important mem-ories of our pilgrimage together. After the “Holy Hour” we will spend each day touring the home of the Saint who inspired our Holy Father. Pope Francis chose his name in admiration of the Saint of Nature and Servant to the Poor. Known for being a humble man himself, Pope Fran-cis spent most of his life denying the luxuries of life, and preferring to live in simplicity and humility. Our visit to Assisi will include: a visit the tomb of St Francis and exploration of the quaint hilltop birthplace of St Francis that still retains something of the atmosphere of the early 1200s, the period when St Francis began his ministry. Contained within this huge 13th-century Basilica are many of the saint's possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. You may kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis, asking him to rebuild His church. It was in St. Mary of the Angels Basilica where St Francis spent most of his life. Here we visit the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. We stroll the medieval streets of this compact little town. We will celebrate Mass each day and of course, you will have free time to shop or eat lunch at an outdoor cafe with a view of an ancient Roman temple. We also visit the Church of St. Clare to view the relics of St. Clare (cousin of Francis). The foundress of the Order of Poor Clares, St. Clare followed the teachings of St Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. We will meet in the evenings for dinner, before retiring for the evening.
Day 10 | Monday, October 24: Assisi - Rome - USA
Following breakfast, we will board our bus that will bring us to Rome Airport for our return flights home to New York. We bid farewell to our new friends and to a Pilgrimage which will be in our memories and hearts for a long time to come. We depart for Rome Airport and fondly say, Arrivederci Italia! As we arrive in New York, we board our bus which brings us back to Maria Regina- our spiritual home in America.
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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.