1021AA9 - Catholic Italy Pilgrimage 10 days from Tampa

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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
UA1021RG 10/21/2019 $4099.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart Tampa to connect with our overnight flight to Rome aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive in Rome this morning where we are met by our Tour Manager. We enjoy an orientation tour of her sites, passing the Roman Fora, the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Time permitting, we conclude our day at one of the Catacombs, burial place of early Christians. We celebrate Mass here and view the 2nd and 3rd century fresco paintings. After, we continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we make our way to St. Peter's for an audience with Pope Francis, if he is in residence. This afternoon, we visit St. Paul’s Beyond the Walls. The huge, imposing Basilica, second only to St. Peter’s and one of the largest churches in the Christian world, contains an unusual gallery of papal portraits: 265 tablets portraying the popes of the past. We celebrate Mass here and return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Following morning Mass at St. Peter's, we spend this morning seeing the treasures of the Vatican Museum. We marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica to view the “Pieta.” This afternoon we visit two of Rome’s Major Basilicas - St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major. We continue to St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's possibly most celebrated sculpture, the "Moses." Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Following an early morning departure from Rome we travel north through the Umbrian countryside. We stop at Orvieto for a visit and Mass at the breathtaking Cathedral, which is known as the jewel of Italian architecture. Inside the Cathedral is the Chapel of the Corporal, which houses the chalice cloth, involved in the Eucharistic Miracle, which occurred in nearby Bolsena. In the 13th century a pilgrim priest named Peter of Prague was celebrating Mass at the crypt of St. Christina. He was having a faith crisis concerning the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and while speaking the words of the consecration, blood started to drip from the consecrated Host. Subsequently Pope Urban instituted The Feast of Corpus Christi. Afterwards we continue to Assisi. Our first stop is in the lower town for a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, and the Portiuncula, Francis' Church of the Little Portion. We then proceed to the hilltop village of Assisi for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning we tour the Basilica of St. Francesco and celebrate Mass. After our visit of the Basilica and the tomb of St. Francis, we begin our walking tour of the village with a visit to the Church of St. Clare “the little plant of Blessed Francis” as she loved to call herself. This afternoon, we can enjoy this picturesque hillside village on our own. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
We depart Assisi driving east towards Ancona to visit and celebrate Mass at Loreto, (or attend a regularly scheduled Sunday Mass) 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. After our visit, we continue southwards via the coastal highway to the Montesilvano Pescara area for dinner and overnight at our hotel on the shores of the Adriatic Sea.
This morning we visit and pray at Lanciano, the site of the oldest Eucharistic Miracle certified by the Church. After almost eight centuries the Body and the Blood still maintain all the characteristics of fresh human material. We continue south to San Giovanni Rotondo where we celebrate Mass at the tomb of Saint Padre Pio and visit the sanctuary. We transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
We depart early this morning for Subiaco. It was here that Saint Benedict and his sister Scholastica retired at the end of the 5th Century and built five little monasteries. The earthly remains of St. Benedict and his twin sister, St. Scholastica rest today at the hilltop monastery of Montecassino. We celebrate Mass here. The tomb, having survived so many centuries, destructions, and the bombardment of WWII, can be found today at the High Altar of the reconstructed Cathedral. Following WWII, a methodical survey and excavation of the ancient sepulcher and bones inside the tomb was carried out. Experts reaffirmed they indeed belong to St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. We visit the Sacred Cave where Benedict lived as a hermit for three years. The staircase holds the earliest portrait of St. Francis without his halo or stigmata. We continue to Rome for dinner on our own, and overnight at our hotel.
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to the U.S. arriving the same day.