Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage
Group Leader: Michael Brown
Spiritual Director: Fr. David Trujillo
September 4 - 13, 2023
*Optional Post Tour to Florence, Padua & Venice
September 13 - 17, 2023
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located First Class Hotels: (or similar) in double occupancy
- ~ 3 nights: Le Meridien Visconti, Rome
- ~ 2 nights: Centro di Spiritualita St. Padre Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo
- ~ 3 nights: Giotto, Assisi
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine and mineral water with dinners
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Sightseeing and admissions fees per itinerary
- Tips to Hotel Staff and Restaurants
- Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach
- Whisper Headsets
- Professional local Catholic Guide
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & Portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1 | Monday, September 4: 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.
Day 2 | Tuesday, September 5: Arrive in Rome
Welcome to Rome. Upon landing, claim your baggage and proceed to the arrival hall, where your tour guide and/or driver will greet you. Depending when you arrive, check-in at hotel might be after 12 noon, if early arrival, enjoy some free time or explore on your own. Later this afternoon, we will meet in the hotel lobby for a meet and greet with Michael, Lisa, your Priest and fellow pilgrims. Together depart for Mass. Following Mass, we will have a welcome dinner. After dinner, we will walk to St. Peter's Square for the Rosary (optional).
Day 3 | Wednesday, September 6: Rome: Papal Audience - Trevi Fountain - Basilica of St. John the Lateran - Holy Stairs - Basilica of St. Mary Major
After breakfast, we start the day with the Papal Audience in St. Peters Square (pending papal schedule). Following the Audience, we will visit the Trevi Fountain, where we can enjoy some free time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the oldest of the four major Basilicas in Rome. Next, we visit the Holy Stairs. We conclude our day with a Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 | Thursday, September 7: Rome: St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museum - Museum of Holy Souls in Purgatory
This morning, we will enjoy breakfast before making our way to St. Peter's Basilica. Built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. Next, we will visit the necropolis and view Michelangelo's Pieta. Continue to the Vatican Museums to view the most impressive of edifices, galleries, and awe-inspiring relics including the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's restored mural of the Last Judgment. The final stop on your Vatican tour is the tomb of Saint John Paul II. After free time for lunch, we will make our way to the Museum of Holy Souls in Purgatory. Lastly, we will visit a local restaurant for dinner. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 5 | Friday, September 8: Rome - Monte Cassino - San Giovanni Rotondo
Following breakfast, we will board our bus to Monte Cassino, the principal monastery of the Benedictine Order founded by Saint Benedict. Continue on to San Giovanni Rotondo, the hometown of Saint Padre Pio. Upon arrival in San Giovanni Rotondo, check-in, enjoy dinner in a restaurant, and overnight.
Day 6 | Saturday, September 9: San Giovanni Rotondo (View Incorrupt Body of St. Padre Pio) - Monte Sant' Angelo
This morning, after breakfast, we will visit the Old Church for Mass. After Mass, we will tour the sanctuary, where we will view the crucifix, in front of which St. Pio received the stigmata and visit the confessional from where St. Pio spent hours listening to confessions. Next, we will travel to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. After some free time, we head back to San Giovanni Rotondo and have some prayer time before enjoying a delicious dinner and an overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo. After dinner, (9:00pm) we can attend the weekly candlelight procession at the Sanctuary of St. Pio. Return to your hotel for a restful overnight.
Day 7 | Sunday, September 10: San Giovanni Rotondo - Lanciano - Loreto - Assisi
After breakfast, we head to Lanciano. Upon arrival in Lanciano, celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Longinus. This church is the site of the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the eighth century. Have some free time to explore Lanciano before continuing to the Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth. Continue on to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner before retiring.
Day 8 | Monday, September 11: Assisi (St. Francis)
We will start today’s tour at the St. Francis Basilica, visit the tomb of St. Francis, and have the opportunity to view a series of frescoes depicting his life. We will then visit the Santuario Della Spogliazione where Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb is placed. Carlo is the first millennial to be declared Blessed. We will continue on a walking tour starting with the birthplace of St. Francis, and ending with a tour of the Church that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. Enjoy some free time for lunch, prayer or shopping. After lunch, board the bus, which will take you outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 | Tuesday, September 12: Assisi - Gubbio - La Verna - Assisi
After breakfast, drive through the beautiful Umbrian mountains to Gubbio. Enjoy this medieval town with a visit to St. Francis Church to celebrate Mass. Following Mass visit Gubbio, which seems painted onto the hill. After lunch on your own, continue to La Verna, the place where St. Francis received the stigmata. Here we will be able to pray in the Chapel of the Stigmata, the Basilica, and the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. Return to Assisi for dinner and your last overnight.
Day 10 | Wednesday, September 13: Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, our group will leave by motor coach and transfer to the Rome Fiumicino airport for return flights home. Optional Post Tour to Florence and Venice*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.