Rome, Assisi, Siena & Florence Pilgrimage
Spiritual Directors: Rev. Kevin McBrien, Pastor & Rev. Thomas Pettei, Episcopal Vicar, Diocese of Brooklyn
April 8 - 17, 2018
Rome (Pope Francis) ·
Assisi (St. Francis) ·
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Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from New York
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 4 nights: April 09 - 13 ~ Atlante Garden, Michelangelo
- ~ 2 nights: April 13 - 15 ~ Hotel Giotto, Assisi
- ~ 2 nights: April 15 - 17 ~ Hotel Adler Cavalieri - Florence
- Tour Escort throughout
- Breakfast daily
- 7 Dinners
- Glass of Wine with dinners
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
- Transfers by Private Motor coach
- Sightseeing as per itinerary
- Headsets for included sightseeing
- Entrance fees
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches and Beverages unless mentioned. Tips to your guide and 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.
April 8, Sunday: Depart for Rome
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.
April 9, Monday: Arrival in Rome
Welcome to Rome, also known as, "The Eternal City." Upon arrival at Rome 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 your hotel. Following check-in, you will have free time to unpack and relax, or explore Rome on your own. Your tour escort may suggest places to visit. Later in the afternoon, your group will meet in the hotel lobby for a "Meet and Greet" with your fellow pilgrims and depart for Mass. Following Mass, you will attend a welcome dinner. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to walk to St. Peter's Square as a group, for the Rosary (optional).
April 10, Tuesday: St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museum - Trevi Fountain - Appian Way - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls - Catacombs
Appian Way - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls - Catacombs After a nice breakfast at your hotel, your first sightseeing day in Rome starts! This morning we will visit the largest Christendom Church, St. Peter's Basilica. This Basilica was built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. Also, it was Our Holy Father, Pope Francis who was the first Pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. 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. Continue to proceed 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. The final stop on your Vatican tour is at the tomb of Saint John Paul II. Afterward, you will be transferred to the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), where you may enjoy some free time on your own for lunch. Continue on your short journey 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. Enter the catacombs of St. Callixtus. Later, visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century, this Basilica is the burial places of Saint Paul the Apostle. We will make our way to a local restaurant for dinner. Following dinner, feel free to explore the streets of Rome, or return to the hotel for overnight.
April 11, Wednesday: Rome: Papal Audience - Basilica of St. John Lateran - Holy Steps - Basilica of St. Mary Major
The tour begins with the Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square! The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). Following the Audience, there will be free time for lunch, or shop, or mail a postcard from the Vatican Post Office. This afternoon you will 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 Lateran. This Basilica is where Pope Francis was 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.
April 12, Thursday: Rome: Optional Ancient Rome tour
Enjoy a day on your own in Rome. Your tour escort will assist you with any additional visits you might consider. A half-day tour of Ancient Rome will be offered as an optional tour at the cost of $68 per person. See the Colosseum and Ancient Rome, including the Pantheon and the Roman Forum with its ancient ruins. Tour requires 20 people to operate. Please indicate if you wish to participate on your reservation form. Tonight dinner will be on your own.
April 13, Friday: Rome to Assisi
Breakfast at your hotel. Depart to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Upon arrival in Assisi, you will enjoy some free time. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
April 14, Saturday: Assisi (The Life of a Saint, that inspired the Holy Father)
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 the inspiration for our Holy Father, Pope Francis. He chose his name in admiration of the Saint of Nature, and Servant to the Poor. Known for being a humble man himself, Pope Francis spent most of his life denying the luxuries of life. He preferred to live in simplicity and humility, while giving up all other worldly possessions, just as St. Francis did. 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 Basilica that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. The San Damiano Cross is located in this Basilica. 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). 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.
April 15, Sunday: Assisi - Siena - Florence
After an early breakfast we will enjoy the scenic drive to Siena. This medieval city is the birthplace of St. Catherine "Doctor of the Church", and the Apostle of Italy, St. Bernardine. Visit of 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. Afterward 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. We'll continue to Florence and visit the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze. The birth of the Gallery dates back to 1784 when the Grand Duke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo reorganized the Academy of Drawing Arts, founded in 1563 by Cosimo I de 'Medici. The decisive event for the museum's history was the transfer of Michelangelo's David from Piazza della Signoria in August 1873. Dinner and overnight in Florence.
April 16, Monday: Florence
After breakfast your guided tour starts at the Church of the Holy Cross, the 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. We'll see the famous view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo! This afternoon you will have time to explore Florence on your own before dinner and overnight.
April 17, Tuesday: Florence - Rome - New York
Prepare for your departure with memories for a lifetime. You'll transfer to the airport in Rome for your flights home.
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- Rome (Pope Francis)
- 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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