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ITALY PILGRIMAGE

Suggested 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

Rome / Montecassino / San Giovanni Rotondo / Monte Sant'Angelo / Loreto / Assisi / Rome

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TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 01: Sun - ROME
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your English speaking guide and transfer to your hotel. Relax or explore Rome before dinner. Your Hostess will suggest some sights or walks for you to enjoy. Dinner and overnight, Rome.

Day 02: Mon - ROME
We'll begin with the sightseeing tour of a lifetime! Although our focus is on "Christian Rome" we will also see many important cultural and monumental sights around Rome. Today's tour will include three major Basilicas, the ancient Baths of Caracalla (external) and the Catacombs of St. Quirinale Square (entrance fee included), Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 03: Tue - ROME
Visit the Vatican Museums (entrance fee included), filled with art treasures and awerelics donated through the centuries as tributes of faith. Our tour will include the Tapestry Gallery, the Raphael Rooms and the overwhelming Sistine Chapel. Later, we will enter the largest church in Christendom - St. Peter's Basilica (earphones included) You will have some free time before dinner. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 04: Wed - ROME – PAPAL AUDIENCE AT THE VATICAN
This day will be one of your most memorable! We go to Vatican City to attend the weekly Papal Audience and blessing given by His Holiness, Benedetto XVI. Following the Audience we head to San Giovanni Rotondo. Time permitting; we will stop in Monte Cassino to see the Monastery founded by St. Benedict in 529. We arrive in San Giovanni, the home of Padre Pio, in time for dinner. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Day 05: Thu - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – MONTE SANT'ANGELO
We begin today by celebrating Mass at the tomb of Padre Pio, followed by a tour of the sanctuary by one of the fathers. We will also see the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918.Visit the famous Grotto of Michael the Archangel. Six popes, St. Francis and at least four other saints have knelt in prayer at the Grotto, seeking the protection of St. Michael. Consecrated in 490 by St. Michael himself, this is a most celebrated shrine of early Christianity. Back in san Giovanni you will have time for devotions and reflection. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Day 06: Fri - SANGIOVANNI – LORETO – ASSISI
Our travel today take us to Loreto. The lush Adriatic coast to the great Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. More than 50 popes have made a pilgrimage to the house transported by angels to this hill in central Italy in1294. Tradition has it that this is the house in which Mary prayed the Magnificent, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived. Mass at the Shrine in Loreto, then transfer for dinner and overnight in Assisi.

Day 07: Sat - ASSISI
We start visiting the tomb of St. Francis and explore the quaint hilltop birthplace of St. Francis, which still retains something of the atmosphere of the early 1200s when St. Francis began his ministry. Contained within the huge 13 the -century Basilica are many of his possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. You may kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St. Francis, asking him to rebuild His church. It was in St. Mary of the angels Basilica where St. Francis spent most of his life. Here we visit the chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Stroll the medieval streets of the compact little town. After stopping at an out door café with a view of an ancient Roman temple, we go to the Church of St. Clare to see the saint's incorrupt body. The founders of the Order of Poor Clares followed the teachings of St. Francis by living a life of poverity and humility. We will visit these two saints' tombs before dinner and retiring for the evening. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.

Day 08: Sun - ASSISI - ROME - DEPARTURE
In the early morning we leave Assisi for the Rome airport. We leave filled  with beautiful memories and new friends. Together we warmly say “Ciao  Italia”. End our services.
 

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