0527AA4 - Catholic Italy Pilgrimage 11 days from Oklahoma City

Airline Name Baggage Information
United Airlines http://bit.ly/yoafSS

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $129 plus current fuel surcharges of $500 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
AA0527CY 05/27/2024 $5799.00
Trip Details

Today we depart Oklahoma City 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 have a walking tour of the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 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. 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. After lunch on our own we visit St. John Lateran and Holy Stairs. We proceed to 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 morning Mass at St. Peter's, we spend this morning seeing the treasures of the Vatican Museum. We marvel at Michelangelo's restored frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica to view the “Pieta”. This afternoon we visit St. Mary Major. Then we go to St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's possibly most celebrated sculpture, the "Moses". Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
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, 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 celebrate Mass here. We continue south to San Giovanni Rotondo for dinner and overnight.
This morning we celebrate Mass at the tomb of Saint Padre Pio and visit the church and sanctuary. A short distance from San Giovanni is Monte Sant’Angelo, where we visit the octagonal tower (campanile) of the Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo (St. Michael the Archangel), as well as the impressive grotto, where the Archangel appeared three times to pledge protection for the nearby town of Sipontum from pagan invaders. Following our visit, we end our day with dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Following an early morning departure we travel southwest through the Italian countryside from coast to coast. On route we stop in Pietrelcina, a town in the province of Benevento, in the Southern Italian region of Campania. It was here that Saint Pio was born as Francesco Forgione to Grazio Mario Forgione (1860–1946) and Maria Giuseppa Di Nunzio (1859–1929) on May 25, 1887. His parents were peasant farmers. If possible, we celebrate Mass in the Village church Afterwards, we travel west to the wonderful town of Sorrento along the Mediterranean for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we depart Sorrento by steamer across the Bay of Naples to the Island of Dreams - Capri. We tour the island including Anacapri and weather permitting, the beautiful Blue Grotto. Following Mass at one of the churches here we return to Sorrento for dinner overnight.
Today we motor along the Sorrento Peninsula on the famous Amalfi Drive with stops along the way, including the splendid jet set village of Positano. Afterwards, we continue to Pompeii, the Roman City destroyed and yet preserved by the volcanic ash of Vesuvius in 79 AD. We celebrate Mass at the church of the Holy Rosary here. We continue to Rome for dinner and overnight.
Today we make our way home to the USA with memories to treasure forever.