0915AZ8 - Miracles of Italy Pilgrimage 10 days from New York, JFK or Chicago

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International departure taxes of $114 plus current fuel surcharges of $250 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
AZ0915BH 09/15/2018 $3799.00
Today we depart our home airport to connect with our overnight flight to Rome aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in flight movies, and are served complimentary beverages, dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive in Rome this morning to meet our Unitours tour manager who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. Time permitting, we journey straight to the Vatican to receive the blessing of Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus. We then tour the sites of Rome, including the Roman Forum, passing the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Mary Major, built according to tradition through the request of Our Lady of the Snows in an apparition to a patron and Pope Liberius in the year 358. Continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we visit the Vatican museums and see the famous Sistine Chapel, marveling at the “Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo. We continue into St. Peter’s Basilica viewing the famous Pieta and the tombs of the Popes. Next, we walk the cobbled streets of Trastevere and stop for the celebration of the Mass at the 5th century church devoted to the Roman Martyr Saint Cecilia. She was the first known incorruptible saint as commemorated by the famous moving sculpture by Stefano Maderno depicting her body at its exhumation in 1599. We enjoy some free time for lunch in one of the many trattorias. We continue to the Basilica di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, a minor basilica. Inside the church we discover the Madonna of the Miracle by Domenico Bartolini, commemorating the spot where, on January 20, 1842, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a young atheistic Jewish man, Maria Alphonse Ratisbonne, leading him to convert instantaneously to Catholicism and become a priest. Our final stop is the Abbey of the Tre Fontane also known as the Abbey of Saints Vincent and Anastasius, held by the Trappist monks. Apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported here on April 12, 1947 to Bruno Cornacchiola who had lost his faith. Devotion to the Virgin of Revelation was formally approved quickly by the Church that same year. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Rome.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we leave Rome and head south to Naples. En route we stop in the little town of Genezanno, where we celebrate Mass at the 13th century Augustinian church of the Madonna del Buon Consiglio. The devotion to Our Lady of Good Council originated here in 1467, following the mysterious appearance of the miraculous fresco. Measuring only 16” x 18”, the eggshell thin porcelain image has an astonishing history and scientifically inexplicable properties. At the southern end of the village, as we depart, we will notice the Nymphaeum built at the dawn of the 16th century and attributed to Donato Bramante. We continue to Naples, passing Monte Cassino, the site of the first monastery of the Benedictine order established by St. Benedict himself and location of the famous battle. As we approach Naples we will proceed to the hill of Posillipo, where we enjoy the spectacular view over the Gulf of Naples and the volcano Mt. Vesuvius. We check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today is the Feast of Saint Januarius (Gennaro), the patron saint and former Bishop of Naples, and is a public holiday. We join the many devoted Neapolitan Catholics who gather to witness the miracle of Saint Januarius on the anniversary of his martyrdom. The Archbishop of Naples celebrates Mass in the Cathedral and prays for the miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of St. Januarius', an extraordinary occurrence which has occurred regularly on Sept 19, seventeen centuries after his death. This ongoing miracle is an unexplained phenomenon. When it doesn’t occur, Neapolitans see it as a bad omen. We hope to be present for this extraordinary happening. This afternoon, those who wish may enjoy free time in Naples and others will journey to Pompeii where we stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, and celebrate Mass. Since Blessed Bartolo Longo enshrined a miraculous image here, supernatural events have been recorded, including the Virgin appearing as the Queen of the Rosary on March 3, 1884 to Fortuna Agrelli after she and her parents had successfully prayed for her recovery from an illness. We also enjoy a short tour of the ruins of Pompeii left after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Return to our hotel in Naples for dinner and overnight.
Today before we bid farewell to Naples, we visit the main Cathedral to celebrate Mass. Afterward, we begin our journey to Assisi. Upon arrival we visit the Basilica and tomb of St. Francis. We enjoy a short walking tour of the village, including a stop at the Church of St. Clare where we view the miraculous San Damiano crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. Kneeling before it, Francis composed the following prayer, considered to be among the oldest of his writings: “All Highest, Glorious God, cast your light into the darkness of my heart….” We check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we visit the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, in lower Assisi. This Basilica encloses the enclosing the 9th century little church, the Portiuncula, the most sacred place for the Franciscans. It was here that the young Francis of Assisi understood his vocation and renounced the world in order to live in poverty among the poor. Thus started the Franciscan movement. We then set off toward Acona, to visit the beautiful Loreto, the site of the Santa Casa or Holy House. Ancient tradition tells us angels carried the house of the Holy Family from Nazareth to Loreto as it was about to be destroyed by Holy Land invaders. We continue to Montesilvano on the Adriatic. Dinner and overnight in Montesilvano.
This morning we depart early, stopping in Lanciano, to celebrate Mass. This is the site of the oldest Eucharistic Miracle certified by the Church. After almost eight centuries the Body and the Blood the miracle continues. We continue south to San Giovanni Rotondo, where we visit the tomb of Saint Padre Pio and visit the sanctuary. We see the crucifix where St. Pio received the stigmata. This evening we have the option of joining the procession to honor Padre Pio on his anniversary. After dinner at our hotel, we return to the Pilgrimage Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Mass will be celebrated by the Minister General of the Order of the Friars. There is a procession of the statue of St. Pio and his relics concluding at 2:30 a.m., marking the time of St. Pio’s death. We return to our hotel nearby for overnight.
We celebrate Mass today in San Giovanni Rotondo before we return to Rome. En route to Rome, we also stop in Manopello at the Santuario del Volto Santo, part of a monastery belonging to the Capuchin monks, to see the famous thin veil of byssus thought by some to be the mysterious and legendary Veil of Veronica. We continue to Rome where we enjoy our farewell dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at our hotel in Rome.
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to the U.S. arriving the same day.