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Shrines of Northern Italy & Rome - Faith-Based Travel 2020

Shrines of Northern Italy & Rome - Faith-Based Travel 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Italy

Cities Visited

Milan, Padua, Pavia, Ravenna, Rome, Sirmione, Turin

Tour Itinerary

Catholic heritage in Italy extends well beyond the Vatican. Discover the inspiring Catholic Italian icons of northern Italy on this affordable tour of Italy. From Milan’s St. Ambrose to Turin’s St. John Bosco and Padua’s St. Anthony, you’ll collect memories and inspiration that will remain with you for life. Admire in awe the early Christian works of art of the Byzantine era in Ravenna, and finally spend two full days in Rome, dedicating your attention to the Papal legacies and visiting many inspiring places of worship instilling a sense of solemnity and serenity. Enjoy the opportunity to attend the Papal audience if possible. This Italian guided tour of faith-based sites is sure to move the most devoted faithful, as well as those just approaching the Catholic faith—on your affordable tour of Rome, Milan, and many other significant sites along the way.

Day 1: ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY.
Check into your hotel and, if you have time, start exploring this busy city on your own before meeting your tour companions and Tour Director during the included welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2: MILAN.
Dedicate the morning to Milan's most important Catholic churches: ST AMBROSE BASILICA and the DUOMO. St Ambrose is the patron saint of bee keepers, beggars, learners and Milan. Celebrate [M] Mass and admire the treasures of the Basilica and the Duomo with a Local Guide. (B)

Day 3: MILAN–TURIN.
Turin is known in the Catholic community worldwide as the home of the Holy Shroud, only available to the public on very special occasions. The city was also home to St. John Bosco, the priest who founded the Salesian religious institute to help poor children with their education during the industrial revolution. Your visit includes the HOLY SHROUD MUSEUM, the BASILICA OF ST. MARY AUSILIATRICE, and a video on St John Bosco's rooms, currently under renovation. You’ll have time to appreciate the elegance of this city and former capital of Italy before attending [M] Mass.
Today's Distance: 90 mi / 145 km (B)

Day 4: TURIN–PAVIA–SIRMIONE–PADUA.
Pavia is home to a beautiful CARTHUSIAN MONASTERY, built in the 1400s by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan. The monastery is one of Italy’s “hidden treasures” with lavish decorations and monks who still live a traditional life of seclusion and prayer. On the way to Padua, you’ll also stop in Sirmione, a charming village on Lake Garda. Its medieval peninsula is protected by walls and a bridge connecting it to the mainland.
Today's Distance: 245 mi / 395 km (B,D)

Day 5: PADUA–POMPOSA–RAVENNA.
Attend morning [M] Mass and visit ST. ANTHONY BASILICA in Padua with a local guide, then enjoy a short city sightseeing and time on your own. In the afternoon, on the way to Ravenna, we’ll stop to see the ABBEY OF POMPOSA, where the Benedictine monk Guido d’Arezzo invented modern musical notation in the 11th century.
Today's Distance: 85 mi / 137 km (B,D)

Day 6: RAVENNA–ROME.
UNESCO declared the early Christian monuments of Ravenna as having “outstanding universal value”. Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. It has a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. All buildings—the NEONIAN BAPTISTRY, the BASILICA OF SANT’APOLLINARE NUOVO, the CHURCH OF SAN VITALE, and the ARCHBISHOP’S CHAPEL OF ST. ANDREW—were constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries. They show great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Greek-Roman tradition, Christian iconography, and oriental and Western styles. The morning is dedicated to discovering these masterpieces and focusing on the Byzantine-style mosaics with a local guide. In the afternoon, travel to Rome.
Today's Distance: 221 mi / 355 km (B,D)

Day 7: ROME.
Today you have the unique chance to attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE in the Vatican (subject to availability). Afterwards, enjoy an included city tour with a local guide to see the BASILICA OF ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, where St. Paul was buried after his martyrdom, ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA, the Cathedral of Rome and the seat of its Bishop (the Pope) and the HOLY STAIRS. Said to have led Jesus to the praetorium of Pontius Plate, the stairs were transferred to Rome by Empress St Helena. Finally, visit ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA, where a reliquary contains wood from the Holy Crib. Attend [M] Mass here before returning to your hotel. (B)

Day 8: ROME.
Visit the PAPAL SUMMER RESIDENCE in Castel Gandolfo. Wander through its GARDENS, an opportunity to reflect and meditate in quiet and relaxing surroundings. Walk through the rooms where many Popes have spent the summer months enjoying the cooler countryside on the hills outside Rome. Later, you can join the optional excursion that will take you back to St. Peter’s to discover the treasures of the Vatican museums, or you can spend time at leisure enjoying the many monuments of ancient Roman heritage. (B)

Day 9: ROME.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Departure April 9 Easter in Padua; no Papal audience on September 14 departure.

Sightseeing & Activities:

MILAN
Visit St. Ambrose Basilica and discover the iconic Duomo

TURIN
Day excursion with focus on the Holy Shroud and the life of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians religious institute

PAVIA
Admire the timeless beauty of the Carthusian Monastery

SIRMIONE
Visit

PADUA
Celebrate Mass at St. Anthony’s Basilica, and discover how devotion to this saint is shared by many and still alive throughout the centuries

POMPOSA
Visit the Abbey

RAVENNA
Go back in time to discover its ancient Byzantine churches with their unique mosaics

ROME
Attend the Papal audience in the Vatican (subject to availability), visit the four Papal Major Basilicas of Rome and the Papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

[M] MASS SERVICES:
Milan, Turin, Padua, Rome (all in local language and venues subject to change).Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily, 4 dinners


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$320-$670

Guaranteed shares available

No triple room reduction.

Milan: Starhotels Business Palace
Turin: Plaza
Padua: Hotel NH Padova
Ravenna: Centrale Byron
Rome: Hotel Oly

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
4
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
5

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