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With its many places of worship, Italy is a destination for travelers who want to rejoice in their faith. On this inspirational tour, you'll celebrate Mass, have an opportunity to attend the Papal Audience in Rome, visit the Papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo and learn about some of Italy’s most beloved saints. Learn about St. Pio of Pietrelcina, a modern-day saint who was canonized in 2002. Visit the Shrine of Monte Sant'Angelo, one of Christendom's most celebrated shrines and where St. Michael the Archangel appeared. See the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, reflect in the Holy House of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Loreto and visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare in Assisi. You'll see why Italy is a must for faith-based travelers and for art lovers.
Day 1: ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
Welcome to Italy! Check into your hotel, with rest of the day free to explore on your own. This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers, and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey. Later this evening, a welcome dinner awaits at your hotel. (D)
Day 2: ROME.
This morning, attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, with a Local Guide visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, burial place of St. Paul the Apostle and one of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas, along with ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA. Next, visit the SCALA SANCTA (Holy Stairs), transported from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, Emperor Constantine’s mother. These 28 marble steps are traditionally ascended in a kneeling position with a prayer recital dedicated to Jesus Christ. Then, visit the impressive ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA and attend [M] Mass. (B)
Day 3: ROME. EXCURSION TO CASTEL GANDOLFO.
A different, quite unique experience is offered today. We will take an included excursion to Castel Gandolfo, a quaint village in the hills outside Rome, to visit the PAPAL SUMMER RESIDENCE and GARDENS with a Local Guide. Visit the rooms that have been occupied by many Popes over the centuries and enjoy the opportunity to reflect and meditate in quiet and relaxing surroundings. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in Rome or join the optional excursion to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.
Today's Distance: 50 mi / 80 km (B)
Day 4: ROME–PIETRELCINA–SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO.
Before leaving the capital city of Italy, step back in time with the help of a Local Guide and experience the power and beauty of Imperial Rome on the included orientation. On your way south, stop in quaint Pietrelcina, to visit the HOUSE where the beloved St. Pio was born, before heading towards San Giovanni Rotondo on the east coast, the Saint’s home from 1916 until his death in 1968.
Today's Distance: 258 mi / 415 km (B,D)
Day 5: SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO. EXCURSION TO MONTE SANT’ANGELO.
Attend [M] Mass this morning at SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE (Old Church), then visit the FRIARY of Padre Pio, including his tomb, cell, confessional, and the PADRE PIO PILGRIMAGE CHURCH (New Church). Afterwards, take a short drive to the nearby SHRINE OF MONTE SANT’ANGELO, one of Christendom’s most celebrated shrines, where St. Michael the Archangel appeared in 490, 492, and 1656.
Today's Distance: 43 mi / 70 km (B,D)
Day 6: SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO–LANCIANO–LORETO–ASSISI AREA.
Visit ST. FRANCIS’ church in Lanciano, home of the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle, and attend morning [M] Mass. Continue to the SANCTUARY OF LORETO, including the HOLY HOUSE, where, according to tradition, angels transported the home of the blessed Virgin Mary. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare.
Today's Distance: 298 mi / 480 km (B,D)
Day 7: ASSISI.
Today, learn more about St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment. Attend early morning [M] Mass at ST. FRANCIS BASILICA, famous for its 14th-century Giotto paintings depicting the life of St. Francis. Meet your Local Guide and visit the UPPER and LOWER BASILICAS of St. Francis and the BASILICA OF ST. CLARE, founder of the Order of Poor Clares. Next, visit the BASILICA of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated at the foot of Assisi’s hills and protecting the Porziuncola, where St. Francis is said to have founded the Order of Friars Minor in 1209, and the Cappella del Transito, where the saint died in 1226. (B)
Day 8: ASSISI AREA–CASCIA–ROME.
Travel to Cascia this morning, situated in Umbria and home of St. Rita, the “Patron Saint of Impossible Causes.” Visit the SANCTUARY and see the Major Basilica, the chapel that houses the tomb of St. Rita. Also, see the Minor Basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle that is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Return to Rome for a final overnight stay.
Today's Distance: 149 mi / 240 km (B)
Day 9: ROME.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
May 21 Departure St. Pio's feast day ( May 25)
September 19 Departure Anniversary of the passing of St. Pio (September 23) – No Papal audience on these departures.
Papal audience in the Vatican (subject to availability), visit the four Major Basilicas of Rome, the Scala Sancta, and the Papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.
PIETRELCINA and SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Follow in the footsteps of St. Pio
Visit the Shrine
LANCIANO and LORETO
Visit the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle and the Holy House
Familiarize yourself with the life of St. Francis
Visit the Sanctuary
[M] MASS SERVICES:
Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Assisi (all in local language and venues subject to change).Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Buffet breakfasts daily, 4 dinners
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Guaranteed shares available
No triple room reduction.
Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?
Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?
Know your weather in advance and don't overpack, especially outerwear. The best decision I made was to carry a special cushion for my airplane seat - no more pain! Plan ahead with smartphone - there are all kinds of apps to help with bookings, local area facilities, language. Find a local telephone shop and put in a local chip. Electric plug adaptor - go to you local thrift store - donate to your last hotel. Tell everyone about your dietary restrictions - this really helps. Make at least one credit card accessible to foreign ATMs, but don't be afraid of turning down vendors, taxis etc who do not accept credit cards. Don't automatically book an excursion in every port, many are just not worth it and often the most worth while sites are a walk or local bus ride away. Don\t be afraid to asking/telling your waiter/cleaner what you want - tip those who help you. Complain about the deficiencies you find - this helps the next person.
I love this trip because our tour director Roberto did his job very well unlike my previous two Cosmos tours. He made me believe that Cosmos can do a good job. I almost gave up on Cosmos.Will take a trip with cosmos again.
Spiritual Highlights of Italy. We enjoyed our tour to Italy very much. Our tour director and driver was amazing,very organized. Tour guides were very knowledgeable. I would take another trip to Europe as good as this one.
The accomodation in Oly Hotel (Rome) was not good. There was no AC, so we had to open the windows and ended up with mosquito bites on our faces and arms for two nights. They need to tend to the comfort of the customers.
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