0517AZ0 - Catholic Italy Pilgrimage 10 days from Boston

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Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $111 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
AZ0517GS 05/17/2020 $4299.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart Logan Airport to connect with our overnight flight to Rome aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast while aloft.
We arrive in Rome this morning and are greeted by our Tour Manager. We transfer to our deluxe coach bus and enjoy a driving tour of her many sites, Along the way, we are offered a viewing tour of some of the popular sites 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 down 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. We continue to St. Peter's Basilica to view the famous “Pieta”. This afternoon, following lunch on our own, we visit two of Rome’s major basilicas, St. John Lateran and the “Holy Steps,” and St. Mary Major. Afterwards, we travel to St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's possibly most celebrated sculpture, the "Moses". We enjoy 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. We celebrate Mass here and return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
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. We enjoy some free time for lunch on our own, before we continue to Assisi. Our first stop is in the lower village for a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, and the Portiuncula, Francis' Church of the Little Portion. We proceed to the hilltop village of Assisi for 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 among 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 drive east towards Ancona and visit and celebrate Mass at 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. After our visit and a break for lunch on our own, we continue southwards via the Aegean 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! Following a stop for lunch on our own, we continue south to San Giovanni Rotondo where we celebrate Mass at the tomb of St. 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 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. 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. While here we celebrate Mass. We stop for lunch on our own before continuing our journey to Rome for our “farewell” dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to the U.S. arriving the same day with memories of a lifetime as we recall our journey of faith in the footsteps of the Saints!