1007IB9 - Dominican Italy Pilgrimage 12 days from Chicago

Pilgrimage Flyer
Airline Name Baggage Information
British Airways http://bit.ly/QL20IP

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $127 plus current fuel surcharges of $320 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
IB1007RG 10/07/2019 $5499.00
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Trip Details

This evening, we depart from O’Hare International Airport via best connections for overnight flight to Milan aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
Upon arrival in Milan, we are met and board our motor coach for a brief tour of Milan. After a drive-by orientation of the city, we check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we visit Milan’s most famous mural, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, which is hidden away on a wall of the refectory adjoining the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie. We continue on to visit the famed Duomo – the cathedral marks the height of the Flamboyant Gothic style. We celebrate Mass here and enjoy the superb view of the statues and spires from the Rooftop Promenade. We visit Sforza Castle, time permitting. We continue to Bologna and check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
We begin our day Celebrating Mass at the tomb of St. Dominic in the chapel of The Basilica di San Domenico. St. Domenico, the Spanish founder of the Dominican Order, arrived in Bologna around the year 1200 and purchased San Nicolò delle Vigne church and vicarage where the Basilica now stands. We visit the church of San Sigismondo, where the incorrupt body of Blessed Imelda Lambertini, patroness of First Communicants, lies. We visit San Petronio Basilica, time permitting. Dinner and overnight in Bologna.
We depart Bologna and drive to Bagno di Romagna. In the Basilica of St. Mary Assumed, the relic of the Eucharistic miracle of the “Holy Cloth Soaked by Blood” is preserved. The historian Fortunio thus describes the miracle in his noted work Annales Camalduenses: “It was the year 1412. Mass is celebrated here. We continue to our hotel in Montecatini Terme for dinner and overnight.
We drive a short distance to Florence where we proceed to the San Marco Museum, located in a former monastery founded in the 13th century and houses frescoes by Ghirlandaio, Fra Angelico and many paintings of his followers. On to Piazzale Michelangiolo for a panoramic view of the city. We then visit the Basilica of Santa Croce and celebrate Mass. Among the most famous, here lie Galileo, Rossini, Michelangelo and Macchiavelli. Afterwards, we set out to the Piazza della Signoria, the site of Fra Savonarola, Fra Salvestro and Fra Domenico’s executions. The piazza is dominated by the Palazzo Vecchio and its embattlement crowned tower. We visit the Duomo, the heart of the city, with its cupola by Brunelleschi, completed in 1240. We then see the campanile by Giotto, and Baptistry, with incomparable bronze doors, by Ghiberti. Across from the Palace, we visit the Loggia dei Lanzi with the statues of the Perseus by Cellini, Giambologna's the rape of the sabines and Hercules. Time permitting, visit Santa Maria Novella and Pharmacy, a very Dominican site, Ponte Vecchio. Back to our hotel in Montecatini Terme for dinner and overnight.
This morning we journey through the Italian countryside arriving in the magnificent city of Siena, which invites us to stroll through its Gothic streets. We visit St. Francis Basilica, the site of the Real Presence Eucharistic Miracle. We celebrate Mass in the Basilica of San Domenico, where the mummified head of Saint Catherine of Siena is revered. Dinner and overnight in Siena.
We depart Siena and stop in Orvieto on the way to Rome. We visit the Cathedral of Orvieto, where we celebrate Mass at the Altar of the Corporeal. It is said that Pope Urban IV was prompted by this Eucharistic Miracle to commission St. Thomas Aquinas to compose the Proper for a Mass and an Office honoring the Holy Eucharist as the Body of Christ. One year after the miracle, in August of 1264, Pope Urban IV introduced the saint’s composition, and by means of a papal bull instituted the feast of Corpus Christi. Continue to Rome and check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we tour her sites, passing the Roman Fora, the Arch of Constantine, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Coliseum. We visit St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's possibly most celebrated sculpture, the "Moses." We go on to visit Mary Major, and after, we celebrate Mass at Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. Time permitting, we visit San Clemente. Dinner on our own and overnight at hotel.
This morning, we make our way to St. Peter's for an audience with Pope Francis if he is in residence. This afternoon we enjoy a tour of the Angelicum, the Dominican University where JP2 studied. We visit Santa Sabina on the Aventine and celebrate Mass here at the Dominican Headquarters. Dinner on our own. Overnight at our hotel
This morning we begin our day with Mass at St. Peter’s. We see the treasures of the Vatican Museum; We marvel at Michelangelo's restored frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. After lunch we visit St. John Lateran, The Church of St. Paul of the Three Fountains, (also known as the Abbey of Saints Vincent and Anastasius) and St. Paul Outside the Wall. We end the day with a visit to one of the Catacombs. We enjoy a farewell dinner together. Overnight at our hotel.
Today we make our way home with memories of a lifetime.