1015AZ4 - Catholic Italy Pilgrimage 10 days from Boston

Trip Flyer
Airline Name Baggage Information
ITA Airways https://bit.ly/3xqpE6E

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $105 plus current fuel surcharges of $340 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
AZ1015GS 10/15/2024 $4899.00
Trip Details

Today we depart Boston’s Logan airport for our overnight flight to Rome aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive in Rome this morning where we have a walking tour of the Roman Fora, the Arch of Constantine, and the Flavian Amphitheater, more commonly known as “the Coliseum”. 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 our Welcome dinner and overnight.
Today, following Mass at one of the altars in St. Peters, we travel southwest to the wonderful town of Sorrento along the Mediterranean, stopping along our route for lunch on our own before our arrival in Sorrento. Following check-in at our hotel, we enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure as we view the iconic Mediterranean coastline of this beautiful and picturesque town. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, we leave Sorrento by boat 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 there, we return to Sorrento for dinner overnight.
Today, we drive along the famous Amalfi Coast with stops along the way. Our first stop will be at the Positano’s overlook, where we can take wonderful pictures. We continue along Amalfi coast and will stroll in the village of Amalfi and visit and celebrate Mass at the stunning Cathedral, home to the relics of St Andrew, the patron and protector of Amalfi. We then travel to Pompeii. Arrive in Pompeii and free time for lunch. After lunch, we visit the Roman City destroyed yet preserved by the volcanic ash of Vesuvius in 79 AD. We visit the church of the Holy Rosary visited by Blessed John Paul II shortly before his death. After our visit, we enjoy some free time for shopping before proceeding on our journey to the Naples port. We board our overnight Ferry to travel to Palermo. Dinner and overnight on board.
Today we arrive in Palermo. We meet our local guide and start the visit of Palermo, Sicily’s capital, founded by the Phoenicians. We enjoy a walking tour from the port to the historic city centre, here we visit the Teatro Politeama, I Quattro Canti, Piazza della Vergogna and the Duomo, We celebrate Mass at the Norman church of Martorana. San Giuseppe dei Teatini, Cathedral founded in 1185, with 6 tombs of emperors. After some free time for lunch, our bus will take us to the magnificent Duomo of Monreale. Late in the afternoon we proceed to our hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
This morning, after breakfast, we leave Palermo as we travel towards Agrigento, the Greek major city of “Akraga” (5th Century BC). We celebrate Mass at the Agrigento Cathedral, founded in the 11th century and dedicated to Saint Gerland. Following a break for lunch on our own we visit the Valley of the Temples, where you’ll admire one of the best-preserved landscapes of Magna Grecia’s temple of Juno, Concordia Castore and Polluce. We continue to Catania. Check in at our hotel, dinner and overnight.
This morning, we visit the Cathedral, whose bell tower contains the largest and most complex mechanical and astronomical clock in the world. Tradition says that in 42AD, the people of Messina were inspired by St. Paul’s impassioned words and sent ambassadors to Jerusalem to pay their respects to the Virgin Mary. They returned with a letter from her promising eternal protection to the city. The end of the letter, “Vos et ipsam civitatem benedicimus” (I bestow my benediction upon you and your city) is written on the base of the statue of the Virgin Mary, at the entrance to the port. This scene is represented on the bell tower and a little after noon each day is reenacted. We celebrate Mass while there. Following a break for lunch on our own, we continue to the Sanctuary of Madonna della Rocca, built from limestone rock that acts as a cover to the interior. We then continue to Taormina, known in the ancient times as Tauromenion. The town lies in an elevated position of amazing, almost unique beauty, affording magnificent views of the sea and clear sky with miles of a curving coastline and picturesque mountain scenery, while the majestic pyramid of Mt. Etna on the other side constitutes a scene of indescribable beauty. Upon arrival, we visit one of the most impressive monuments of the city: the Greco-Roman Theatre. This evening, we enjoy special dinner in a restaurant overlooking the Ionian Sea. Return to our hotel in Catania for overnight.
Today, we travel south along the coastline to Syracuse. Our first stop is at the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Tears. The miraculous image that wept in 1953, is itself enshrined above the main altar of the “Santuario Madonna Delle Lacrima”, where we’ll have Mass then participate in Procession in celebration of Our Lady of Fatima. Afterwards, we explore what was once one of the greatest ports in the central Mediterranean, and where St. Paul stayed after he departed nearby Malta. We visit the Greek and the Roman Theaters, as well as the Viale Rizzo. Following a break for lunch on our own, we visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, where St. Paul preached. The building has an inscription in memory of his brief stay in Siracusa: “HIC OLIM SYRACUSIS TRIDUO MANENTIS”. In Roman times, Christians were not allowed to bury their dead within the city limits, so they went outside the boundaries to create burial chambers in what had been used by the Greeks as underground aqueducts. The Catacombs of St. John contain some 20,000 early Christian tombs. St. Paul is said to have preached on this very spot, and early Christians venerated it as a Holy Site. We enjoy dinner and overnight to our hotel in Catania
This morning, transfer from our hotel to Catania airport. we depart on our return flight home, with a connection in Rome filled with memories of a lifetime!