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Grand Catholic Italy – Faith-Based Travel 2020

Grand Catholic Italy – Faith-Based Travel 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Assisi, Cascia, Florence, Padua, Rome, Siena, Venice

Tour Itinerary

Home to numerous places of devotion and worship—not to mention exquisite art and architecture—Italy is the perfect destination for travelers looking to rejoice in their faith. On this Italy tour, you’ll overnight in Rome, the heart of Christianity; Assisi, where St. Francis was born, worked, and died; Florence, one of the world’s most beautiful cities; and Padua, home of St. Anthony. Along the way, you'll visit—and even attend Mass at—many of Italy’s treasured basilicas. In Rome, you'll visit the four major Papal basilicas: St. Peter's Basilica, the world’s largest Christian church; St. Paul Outside the Walls, the burial place of St. Paul the Apostle; St. John Lateran Basilica, the Western World’s oldest basilica; and St. Mary Major Basilica, the most important Roman church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Also in Rome, you'll attend the Papal Audience (subject to availability), receive the Papal Blessing, and visit the Holy Stairs. In Assisi, in addition to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, you’ll visit the Monastery of St. Damian, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard Christ’s voice, and Carceri Hermitage, a peaceful oasis where St. Francis came to pray. In Florence, attend Mass at the Duomo, and see Santa Croce Square, with its Franciscan basilica. Finally, in Padua, founded more than 3,000 years ago, visit the Basilica of St. Anthony, dating to the 13th century. From Padua, an excursion to Venice includes a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. These are just some of the many highlights on this inspirational Italy tour.

Day 1: ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate the start of your spiritual journey through Italy. (D)

Day 2: ROME. EXCURSION TO CASTEL GANDOLFO.
Look forward to a unique experience with a guided visit to the impressive PAPAL PALACE in Castel Gandolfo. The former summer residence of the popes is now a museum that is open to the public. Also visit the magnificent BARBERINI GARDENS, where ruins of the residence of Roman Emperor Domitian are still visible. Return to Rome and discover Vatican City with a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS, a unique collection of religious and secular art that spans centuries. Explore some of the finest examples of Renaissance paintings and visit the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment, as well as the place where the conclave takes place for the election of the new popes. Then, visit ST. PETER’S BASILICA, not only an incredibly rich architectural and decorative wonder, but also the place where all Catholic popes are buried, and attend [M] Mass. Finally, see monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE, where the Pope prays the Angelus every Sunday in front of thousands of believers.
Today’s Distance: 50 mi / 80 km (B)

Day 3: ROME.
This morning, attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, one of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas built by Constantine on the grave of St. Paul, beheaded by Nero around 65-67 AD. Explore the mysterious ancient CATACOMBS that run under the city. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA and the HOLY STAIRS, brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Officially, pilgrims may only ascend these 28 white marble steps on their knees. Then, visit the hallowed halls of ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA. Its beautiful treasures are of inestimable value, and represent the Church’s role as the cradle of Christian artistic civilization in Rome. For nearly sixteen centuries, St. Mary Major has held its position as a Marian shrine par excellence and has been a magnet for pilgrims from all over the world who have come to the Eternal City to experience the beauty, grandeur, and holiness of the basilica. (B)

Day 4: ROME–CASCIA–ASSISI.
Depart Rome today and head north into Umbria for a stop in Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the “Saint of the Impossible.” Visit the BASILICA, see the tomb with the saint’s incorrupt body, and attend [M] Mass. Also, visit the lower basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Continue to hilltop Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the “Bride of Christ,” and the PORZIUNCOLA, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209.
Today’s Distance: 168 mi / 270 km (B,D)

Day 5: ASSISI.
Attend [M] Mass this morning, followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the BASILICAS OF ST. FRANCIS and ST. CLARE. See the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis, who abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after the voice of God commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment. St. Clare was one of St. Francis’ first followers and founded the Order of Poor Clares, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition. A short trip by minibus takes you to the CARCERI HERMITAGE, a peaceful oasis in the woods of Mount Subasio where St. Francis came to pray. Finally, visit the MONASTERY OF ST. DAMIAN, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare, where she died in 1253, is still intact. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent medieval Spello. (B)

Day 6: ASSISI–SIENA–FLORENCE.
Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. In Siena, meet your Local Guide and learn all about St. Catherine, a saint, a mystic, a doctor of the Church, and the patroness of Italy and Europe. You’ll visit the BASILICA OF ST. DOMINIC, ST. CATHERINE’S SANCTUARY, and her HOUSE. Then, enjoy a walk through the ancient narrow lanes and visit beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. Arrive this afternoon in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance”.
Today’s Distance: 127 mi / 205 km (B,D)

Day 7: FLORENCE.
Follow your Local Guide and visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s David. Later, walk to beautiful Cathedral Square, admire Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gates of Paradise”. Attend [M] Mass at the magnificent DUOMO, with its incredible Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. Also see sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE and famous SANTA CROCE SQUARE with its Franciscan basilica. (B)

Day 8: FLORENCE–PADUA.
Travel through the Apennine Mountains to arrive in the flat Po area. In Padua, a guided visit of the BASILICA OF ST. ANTHONY shows you the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles. St. Anthony is one of the Catholic church’s most popular saints. He was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He was born in Lisbon in 1195 and died just outside Padua in 1231, having led a short but very intense religious life.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi / 250 km (B)

Day 9: PADUA. EXCURSION TO VENICE.
A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter the city in style by PRIVATE BOAT and see the sights with your Local Guide. Visit lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS, ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its BASILICA. Spend time at leisure or take an optional gondola ride. Return to Padua and join your traveling companions for a farewell dinner.
Today’s Distance: 62 mi / 100 km (B,D)

Day 10: PADUA.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (The nearest airport is Venice.) (B)

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Inclusions

  • This tour involves a lot of walking.
  • For operational reasons, slight schedule changes for the Rome program cannot be excluded.

Sightseeing & Activities:

ROME
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, attend [M] Mass; Papal Audience (subject to availability); visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica

CASTEL GANDOLFO
Guided visit of the Papal Palace and the Barberini Gardens

CASCIA
Visit the Basilica and attend [M] Mass

ASSISI
Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Porziuncola; celebrate [M] Mass; guided walking tour, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Carceri Hermitage, and the Monastery of St. Damian

SIENA
Guided walking tour, visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, the Sanctuary of St. Catherine & House, and Piazza del Campo

FLORENCE
Guided walking tour, visit the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s David; celebrate [M] Mass at the Duomo; walk to Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Square

PADUA
Guided visit of St. Anthony’s Basilica; farewell dinner

VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit Doges’ Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark’s Square & BasilicaMotorcoach; private boat ride in Venice

Meals:
Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Rome, and a farewell dinner in Padua.


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

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$350-$910

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Rome: Starhotels Michelangelo
Modern hotel catering to business and leisure travelers located a short walk to St. Peter's Square; staff is multilingual.
Address:
Via Stazione S.Pietro,14
Roma , Italy
Assisi: Cenacolo
Hotel Cenacolo Assisi is a structure created from the accurate and careful renovation of an old Franciscan convent, located in Santa Maria degli Angeli, a short distance from the Porziuncola of St. Francis. The wonderful atmosphere of the place, a beautiful view of Assisi, the wide green spaces that call for reflection and the functionality and efficiency of the Hotel Cenacolo guarantee a perfect stay.
Address:
V.Le Patrono D'italia 70
Assisi , Italy
Florence: Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
Modern hotel situated on the banks of the river Arno, steps away from the city center - Duomo and Palazzo Pitti nearby.
Address:
Lungarno Del Tempio, 44
Florence , Italy
Padua: Milano
A modern 80-room property of minimalistic design, ideally located only steps away from the city's historic centre. Facilities include a gym, a restaurant serving tradisional local cuisine and there is also a bar/lounge.
Address:
Via Pilade Bronzetti,62
Padova , Italy

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
4
Professional Staff
4
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
4

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