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Spiritual Highlights of Italy - Faith-Based Travel 2024

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

On this inspirational tour, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Catholic icons of Rome, such as the four major Basilicas, the Scala Sancta and the Papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo; attend the Papal Audience, learn about some of Italy’s beloved Saints, and celebrate Mass. Learn about St. Pio of Pietrelcina, a modern-day saint, visit the Shrine of Monte Sant’Angelo, gather in prayer at the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, reflect in the Holy House of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Loreto, and admire the timeless beauty of the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare in Assisi. Italy is a must for Catholic travelers and art lovers.

Countries Visited

Italy

  1. 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)
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. 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, St John Lateran Basilica and St. Mary Major Basilica, the Rome’s four major Papal basilicas. Experience 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. 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 its manicured gardens with a Local Guide. This is a unique chance to see the rooms that have been occupied by many Popes over the centuries. Enjoy the opportunity to reflect and meditate in the garden’s quiet and relaxing surroundings. In the afternoon, take advantage of time at leisure in Rome or join one of the optional excursions available.
    Today's Distance: 50 mi / 80 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    ROME–PIETRELCINA–SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
    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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO. EXCURSION TO MONTE SANT’ANGELO
    Attend [M] Mass this morning at Santa Maria delle Grazie (Old Church), then visit St. Pio’s friary, 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, where St. Michael the Archangel appeared in 490, 492, and 1656. Tonight, attend the candlelight procession in San Giovanni Rotondo.
    Today's Distance: 43 mi / 70 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. 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 famous Marian Sanctuary of Loreto for a guided visit including the Holy House, where, according to tradition, angels transported the house of the blessed Virgin Mary. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis and St. Clare.
    Today's Distance: 298 mi / 480 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. 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 frescoes 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, stop at 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    ASSISI AREA–CASCIA–ROME
    Travel to Cascia this morning, a scenic town located in Umbria and home of St. Rita, the “Patron Saint of Impossible Causes.” Visit the Sanctuary and see the Major Basilica, housing the chapel with St. Rita’s tomb. Stop in prayer at the Minor Basilica, site of the Eucharistic Miracle, 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    ROME
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

The Papal audience in the Vatican is subject to availability
Mass services may be in local language and venues are subject to change
Departure May 21 St. Pio's feast day (25 May)
Departure September 19 Anniversary of St. Pio's passing (23 September) – No Papal audience on this departure
Departure June 16 – No Papal audience on this departure
Meals:
Buffet breakfasts daily, 4 dinners

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Accommodations

Rome: Ibis Styles Roma Aurelia
San Giovanni Rotondo: Parco Delle Rose
Assisi Area: Casa Leonori
Rome: BV Oly Hotel

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
2.2
Itinerary
4.8
Professional Staff
4.6
Repeat with Operator
4.6
Value for Money
4.6

Ratings based off 10 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

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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