Pilgrimage to Italy
Spiritual Director: Fr. Raymond Suriani
Group Coordinator: Valerie Sistare
April 22 - May 2, 2019
Rome (Pope Francis) · Pompeii · Sorrento · Naples · Amalfi Coast · Orvieto · La Verna · Assisi (St. Francis)
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.
Fr. Raymond Suriani
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Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from Boston
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 4 nights: April 23 - 27 ~ Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome
- ~ 2 nights: April 27 - 29 ~ Art Hotel Gran Paradiso, Sorrento
- ~ 3 nights: April 29 - 02 ~ Hotel Dal Moro, Assisi
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- Wine or Olive farm visit and Lunch
- Cooking demonstration with Lunch
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Wireless headsets where needed
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Professional local guides: Rome, Pompeii, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Orvieto, Assisi & La Verna
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches or Beverages unless mentioned. Tips to your 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.
Monday, April 22: 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.
Tuesday, April 23: Arrive 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).
Wednesday, April 24: Rome - Papal Audience - Basilica of St. John the Lateran - Holy Steps - Basilica of St. Mary Major - Scavi Tour
After a nice breakfast at your hotel, your first sightseeing day in Rome starts! 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 the 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. We'll continue to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. This Basilica contains a relic from the Manger of the Infant Jesus. We will request visit to the Scavi today. Note: We depend on the availability of the Scavi and may need to adjust the itinerary to accommodate. We require names to request the ticket to visit the Scavi. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. Note: The Scala Santa is currently under restoration and should be completed by the time you travel. In the meantime, 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.
Thursday, April 25: Rome - St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museum - Trevi Fountain - Appian Way - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
This morning you will enjoy an early breakfast before making your way to 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 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. The day concludes with a visit to 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.
Friday, April 26: Rome - Ancient Rome Tour for Half-Day, Balance of Day at Leisure
After breakfast follow in the footsteps of emperors and gladiators and what was their daily life, sport and culture of ancient Rome. See the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, including the Roman Senate, Arch of Constantine and mystical House of the Vestal Virgins. See the Colosseum with a view that you will long remember! Spend the afternoon at your leisure for independent activities. Your tour escort will be happy to suggest things to do or see!
Saturday, April 27: Rome - Pompeii - Naples - Sorrento
Following breakfast, you will board your bus to enjoy the scenic route known for its villas and vineyards to Sorrento via Pompeii and Naples. In Pompeii, visit one of the most important and interesting archeological museums in the world. The famous ancient city was buried by the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, and is a remarkable site. Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Pompeii. Stop in Naples for a visit. This city in southern Italy, sits on the Bay of Naples. Nearby is Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that destroyed nearby Roman town Pompeii. Naples has centuries of important art and architecture. The city's cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, is filled with frescoes. Other major landmarks include the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle. Continue to Sorrento with its stunning panoramic views of the Bay of Naples, its picturesque narrow streets, parks, villa, and orange, lemon and olive groves. Enjoy some time to relax before dinner and overnight.
Sunday, April 28: Sorrento - Amalfi Coast - Sorrento
Today you will tour the Amalfi Coast, widely considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world; deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape. We'll follow the 34 miles of winding roads. Making a quick stop to view the breathtaking panoramic view of Positano. Continue on through Praiano where you will drive by St. Gennaro Church, to Amalfi, one of the four maritime Republics of Italy, and view the beautiful Amalfi Cathedral consecrated to its patron, Saint Andrew. Some free time for lunch. Our last stop on the Amalfi coast will be Ravello. View its interesting Cathedral devoted to Saint Pantaleone, and the Villa Rufolo, a venue for many festivals thru the year and magnificent gardens. View the Gulf of Salerno and its beautiful coastline. Enjoy the landscape on your return to Sorrento, where you will enjoy dinner and overnight.
Monday, April 29: Sorrento - Orvieto - Visit an Olive Farm OR Wine Cellar with Lunch - Assisi
After breakfast board the motor coach and continue through the Italian countryside toward Assisi. We'll stop to visit an olive or wine cellar and enjoy a lunch together before we continue to Assisi for dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, April 30: Assisi (The Life of a Saint, that inspired a 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 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 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). 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.
Wednesday, May 1: Assisi - La Verna - A Cooking Demonstration and Lunch - Assisi
After breakfast, we will drive through the beautiful Umbrian mountains to La Verna, 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. Afterward, we'll enjoy a cooking demonstration in the area followed by lunch. We'll Return to Assisi for dinner and overnight.
Thursday, May 2: Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, we will leave by motor coach and transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for return flights home.
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*All pricing is per person
Single Supplement / Private Room $879.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $3,500.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) Upon Request
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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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