From the hallowed Basilica of St. Francis to the glorious Sistine Chapel, discover why Italy is a bastion of Catholicism. Attend the weekly Papal audience and receive the blessing given by the Pope. Discover the splendor of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Discover the abbeys of Montecassino and Santissima Trinita. In the town of Pompeii, have time at the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary. Stay two nights in San Giovanni Rotondo. Reflect at the Grotto of Michael the Archangel. Spend time at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the beloved saint's hometown. See the world's most inspirational sites and relics on a journey through the rolling hills and lively cities of Italy.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2019
Duration
10 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1RomeOvernight Flight: Travel on an inspirational journey visiting some of the most fascinating religious sites and relics in the world.
Day 2RomeRome, Italy - Tour Begins: Your tour begins in Rome. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines.
Day 3RomeRome - Papal Audience: This morning, attend the weekly Papal audience* at Vatican City to receive the blessing given by His Holiness Pope Francis. Enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure. Perhaps you will go on an optional tour of Rome's iconic sites, getting a glimpse into the 'Eternal City' with visits to the Colosseum and St. Peter in Chains.
Day 4RomeRome - Christian Rome City Tour - Vatican Museum: Celebrate Mass before making your way to the catacombs, where early Christians hid and buried their dead. Visit St. Mary Major and St. John in Lateran - the former residence of the popes. Explore the Vatican Museum** and view historical treasures, including the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's restored mural of the Last Judgment. End your visit to the Vatican in the breathtaking St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Feel the grace around you as you meander along the towering marble columns and stand in awe before Pieta, Michelangelo's renowned sculpture.
Day 5RomeRome - Abbey of Montecassino - Madonna del Rosario - Campania: Travel to Montecassino to visit the renowned abbey founded by St. Benedict in the 6th century A.D. This sacred place houses the relics of St. Benedict and his sister, Saint Scholastica. Montecassino also became famous during the battles that took place here during World War II, when the abbey was bombed and destroyed. Later, your travels continue to the town of Pompeii where you will visit the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, one of the most famous shrines of Christianity. Finish your day in Campania.
Day 6BasilicataAbbey of Santissima Trinita - San Giovanni Rotondo: Begin your morning with a special visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Santissima Trinita in Cava de Tirreni, founded in the 11th century by a local saint. Your travels continue southeast through the picturesque landscape of the regions of Campania and Apulia to San Giovanni Rotondo, home of Padre Pio.
Day 7San Giovanni RotondoSan Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant'Angelo - San Giovanni Rotondo: Take in the stunning views of the Gargano Peninsula as you enter Monte Sant'Angelo and explore one of the most celebrated shrines of early Christianity - the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Many popes and saints have knelt and prayed at this grotto, seeking the protection of Saint Michael. Later, return to San Giovanni Rotondo and celebrate Mass in the sanctuary of Padre Pio. This is followed by a tour of the sanctuary, including the old church and the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918, as well as Padre Pio's tomb. Then visit the new church dedicated in 2004 to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. You will also see the confessional where Padre Pio spent many hours directing pilgrims on their journey toward God.
Day 8San Giovanni RotondoSan Giovanni Rotondo - Loreto - Assisi: Travel the Adriatic Coast to the Marian shrine of Loreto. Visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto where more than 50 popes have made a pilgrimage. You will celebrate Mass before crossing the Apennine Mountains en route to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis.
Day 9AssisiAssisi - Optional Florence Excursion: Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax or independently explore historic Assisi. Or, you may join a full day optional excursion to Florence, the 'Renaissance City,' where a local expert provides a leisurely paced walking tour featuring the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - one of the largest in the Christian world - and the Baptistery doors. You also view the Palazzo Vecchio and the Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy several hours at leisure in Florence before returning to Assisi.
Day 10AssisiAssisi - Rome: Begin your morning at St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, where St. Francis spent most of his life. Pause to reflect at the Chapel of the Porziuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint prayed. Later, have time at the Church of St. Clare, who founded the Order of Poor Clares and followed the teachings of St. Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. Kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St. Francis, asking him to rebuild his church. Join a local expert for a fascinating tour of Assisi highlighting the huge 13th-century basilica where you can see many of St. Francis' possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Francis this afternoon before departing for Rome. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable pilgrimage to Italy.
Day 11RomeRome - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to a close today in Rome.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
11/03/2020$2,399.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Hotel Parco delle Rose San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
Hotel Scapolatiello Badia di Cava dei Tirreni, Italy
Cardinal Hotel St. Peter Roma, Italy
Hotel Cenacolo Assisi , Italy
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
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