0614AZ0 - Catholic Italy Pilgrimage 10 days from Boston

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Alitalia http://bit.ly/1iCXrSi

$50 Early Booking Discount if Reserved by June 4, 2019

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $112 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
AZA0614GS 06/14/2020 $4099.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart Boston’s Logan airport on our overnight flight to Rome aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast while aloft.
We arrive in Rome and are greeted by our Tour Manager as we transfer to our coach bus. Depending on arrive time, we may stop on our way to our hotel for lunch on our own or proceed directly to our hotel with time to relax before our “welcome” dinner and a possible opportunity for Mass. Along the way, we view some of the popular sites along our route to the hotel, including the Basilica of St. Paul, the ancient Pyramid of Cestius, the baths at Terme di Caracalla, the Colosseum, Basilica of St. Mary Major, the Piazza della Repubblica and up Via Veneto to Villa Borghese. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Following morning Mass at St. Peter's, we spend this morning viewing the treasures of the Vatican Museum. We marvel at Michelangelo's restored frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. After, we continue to St. Peter's Basilica to view the famous “Pieta”, Mary holding her son’s lifeless body in her lap. This afternoon, following lunch on our own, we visit two of Rome’s major basilicas, St. John Lateran and the Holy Steps, as well as St. Mary Major, where we have ample time to reflect on our day. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
This morning, we make our way to St. Peter's for an audience with Pope Francis (if he is in residence). After lunch on our own, we visit St. Paul’s Beyond the Walls. This 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. Following our visit there, we drive to our next destination, the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, the burial places of early Christians. They were named after the deacon Callixtus who, at the beginning of the third century, was appointed by Pope Zephyrinus as the administrator of the cemetery, which became the official cemetery of the Church of Rome. While here, we view the 2nd and 3rd century fresco paintings. We end our day back at our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we travel to the magnificent city of Siena, which invites us to stroll through its Gothic streets. Following celebration of Mass at the Dominican Church commemorating St. Catherine, we walk down to the famous Piazza del Campo. This shell shaped square is the dramatic setting for the annual Palio bareback horserace. The piazza's focal point is the Palazzo Pubblico, the public palace, dates back to 1250. We continue uphill to visit the monumental Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary. We break for lunch on our own before leaving this enchanting town for our next destination, Assisi. We arrive later this afternoon with a short time to relax before dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning we begin with a short walk to the Basilica of St. Francesco for 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, where we view the San Damiano crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. Kneeling before it, Francis composed the following prayer, which is considered to be amongst the oldest of his writings: “All Highest, Glorious God, cast your light into the darkness of my heart. Give me right faith, firm hope, perfect charity, and profound humility, with wisdom and perception, O Lord, so that I may do what is truly your most holy will. Amen.” This afternoon, following lunch on our own, our taxis take us up to the Hermitage of the Carceri, where Francis and his Friars retreated from the world to pray and fast. Here the grotto of St. Francis can also be seen. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today, we stop in the lower town of Assisi for a brief visit to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, and the Portiuncula, Francis' Church of the Little Portion. Following our visit, we journey east towards 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 enjoy for lunch on our own along the way. Following our stop at Lanciano, we continue south to San Giovanni Rotondo for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, we visit the tomb of St. Padre Pio, as well as the wonderful church he spent the remainder of his life serving. Following our stay in San Giovanni Rotondo we depart for Subiaco, where St. Benedict and his sister St. Scholastica retired at the end of the 5th Century and built five little monasteries. We visit the Monastery of St. Benedict, which dates from the 13th and 14th centuries, as well as 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 stop for lunch on our own before continuing our journey back to Rome in time for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today, we have the opportunity, if tickets are available, to make the short journey to nearby St. Peter’s for the Scavi Tour of the crypt portion, which is not open to the general public. Following our visit, we stop for a relaxing lunch on our own. This afternoon we have the option to visit the Church of St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's possibly most celebrated sculpture, the "Moses", depending on our schedule. Tonight, we enjoy our “farewell” dinner as we prepare to say “Good-bye” to Rome. Overnight at our hotel.
This morning, following breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our afternoon flight to the U.S., arriving the same day and filled with memories of a lifetime.