0921UA0 - Pilgrimage to Italy 10 days from Pittsburgh


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United Airlines http://bit.ly/yoafSS

$100 Early Booking Discount if Reserved by January 2, 2020

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $109 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
UA0921BH 09/21/2020 $4699.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart from Pittsburgh to connect to 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 guide, who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. Our first stop is the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, where Father O’Connor celebrates our arrival Mass. This magnificent basilica with enormous marble columns and gold mosaics, is built over the grave site of St. Paul the Apostle, after he was executed in the first century AD in Rome. Portraits of each of our Popes grace the walls of the basilica, with a ray of sunshine lighting up the portrait of our current Pope, Pope Francis. Stop at Piazza Navona for free time for lunch. We walk by the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and also visit the Pantheon. We continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, after breakfast (included daily) we make our way to St. Peter's for an audience with Pope Francis if he is in residence. We continue to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the largest church in Rome dedicated to our Blessed Mother. After free time for lunch, we visit St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo’s possibly most celebrated sculpture, the “Moses”. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
We start our day at St. Peter’s Basilica, location of Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, “La Pieta”, and tombs of many Popes, to celebrate Mass. After, we visit the Vatican museums and marvel at the many treasures including Michelangelo's restored frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. We have free time for lunch, before we arrive at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. It is here that St. Francis gained permission from Pope Innocent III for the Franciscan Order. We walk to the nearby Santa Scala, which are believed by many to be the staircase from Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem, brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. Tonight, we enjoy dinner in a local restaurant in Trastevere, with entertainment. Overnight at our Rome hotel.
We depart the Eternal City and journey to Assisi the home of Saint Francis, the patron saint of Italy and Saint Clare, one of his early followers. 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 continue to the upper village and visit the Basilica of St. Francesco where we celebrate Mass and pray at the tomb of St. Francis. We view the relics and beautiful frescoes by Giotto, depicting the life of Italy’s patron saint. Dinner and overnight at our Assisi hotel.
Before we depart Assisi, we enjoy a brief walking tour of the village. We stop in at the famous Temple of Minerva, a former pagan temple, now the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church in the Piazza del Comune. We visit the Basilica of Santa Chiara, the final resting place of St. Clare, where her body is preserved in the crypt and also where the famous crucifix that spoke to Francis is preserved. We continue to San Damiano, to visit the dormitory where Clare slept and the chapel where the sisters prayed. This afternoon, we depart for Montecatini. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Montecatini.
Today we visit the Academia Gallery, to view Michelangelo’s famous “David” and many other tremendous works of art. We continue to the Duomo, to celebrate Mass in the heart of the city. We will admire the cupola by Brunelleschi, completed in 1240, and its campanile by Giotto. Outside, we view the Baptistery’s with its incomparable bronze doors by Ghiberti. Free time for lunch, exploring and shopping. Then, we set out to the Piazza della Signoria, dominated by the Palazzo Vecchio and its embattlement crowned tower. 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.” We visit the Basilica of Santa Croce, the famous interred here, include Galileo, Rossini, Michelangelo and Machiavelli. Return to Montecatini for dinner and overnight.
This morning we leave Montecatini and travel to beautiful Venice. Upon arrival we see the famous Rialto Bridge, which spans the river and is lined with picturesque little shops. We walk into the pigeon filled Piazza San Marco and enter the most famous Basilica of St. Marks. We also time permitting, enjoy a walking tour of the city, including a stop at the Bridge of Sighs! We also view the Torre Dell’Orologio, the Renaissance clock tower and the Museo Civico Correr. Our last stop is Doge’s Palace, a palace built in Venetia Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Venetian Republic, opening as a museum in 1923. We continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we journey into Venice. We celebrate Mass at one of the local churches. Then, we enjoy free time to explore Venice on our own! You may decide to take one of the many ½ day trips offered locally to the small islands- including Murano- or you could take the elevator to the top of the campanile for a spectacular view of the city. You might enjoy a gondola ride and the tremendous shopping and restaurants. This evening we gather together for our farewell dinner. Overnight at our hotel.
Today we make our way to the airport for our flight home. Our memories of our time in Italy will never fade! ARRIVEDERCI ITALIA!