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Itinerary

Day 1 | October 8 | Rome

Welcome to Rome! Meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. Hotel Roma * Dinner Included

Day 2 | October 9 | Rome

Your spiritual journey begins with a major highlight: a guided visit of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Cross the Tiber River and visit the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built; and see the Roman Forum, site of military processions, elections, trials, and the overall center of Roman public life for centuries. Hotel Roma * Breakfast Included

Day 3 | October 10 | Rome

This morning, attend the Papal Audience (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, one of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas, and explore the mysterious ancient Catacombs that run under the city. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit St. John Later- an Basilica and the Holy Stairs, which were brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Officially, pilgrims may only ascend these 28 white marble steps on their knees. Then, visit the hallowed halls of St. Mary Major Basilica, another of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas. Hotel Roma * Breakfast included

Day 4 | October 11 | Rome/Cascia/Assisi

Depart Rome today and head north into Umbria for a stop in Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the “Saint of the Impossible.” Visit the Basilica, see the tomb with the saint’s incorrupt body, and attend Mass. Also visit the lower basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Continue to hilltop Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the “Bride of Christ,” and the Porziuncola, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209. Giotto * Breakfast Included

Day 5 | October 12 | Assisi

Attend Mass this morning, followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, and see the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. A short trip by minibus takes you to the Carceri Hermitage, a peaceful oasis in the woods of Mount Subasio where St. Francis came to pray. Finally, visit the Monastery of St. Damian, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare is still intact, and is where she died in 1253. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent medieval Spello. Giotto * Breakfast Included

Day 6 | October 13 | Assisi/Siena/Florence

Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. In Siena, meet your Local Guide and learn all about St. Catherine as you visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, the Sanctuary, and the House. Then, enjoy a walk through the ancient narrow lanes and visit beautiful Piazza Del Campo. Afternoon arrival in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Firenze by Marriott * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 7 | October 14 | Florence

This morning, attend Mass at Santa Maria Novella, the city’s first great basilica. Then, embark on a guided walking tour that visits the Academy of Fine Arts with Michelangelo’s David. Admire the magnificent Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square. Then visit Santa Croce Basilica with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and others. Firenze by Marriott * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 8 | October 15 | Florence/Padua

Travel through the Apennine Mountains to arrive in the flat Po area. In Padua, a guided visit of the Basilica of St. Anthony shows you the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles. Milano * Breakfast Included

Day 9 | September 16 | Padua

A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter the city in style by private boat and see the sights with your Local Guide. Visit lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square and its Basilica, where you may wish to attend Mass. Time at leisure or take an optional gondola ride. Return to Padua and join your traveling companions for a farewell dinner with wine. Milano * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 10 | October 17 | Home

Your tour ends today with a flight from Venice. Breakfast Included

Departure Date

Depart10/8/17

Return Date

Return10/17/17

DepartOn tours that leave the country all US citizens must carry proof of citizenship, a passport or passport card.

Tour Highlights

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
  • Colosseum
  • Papal Audience (subject to availability)
  • St. Paul Outside the Walls
  • Catacombs
  • St. Johns Lateran Basilica
  • Holy Stairs
  • St. Mary Major Basilica
  • Cascia Basilica & Mass
  • St. Mary of the Angels Basilica
  • Basilicas of St. Francis & St. Clare
  • Carceri Hermitage
  • Monastery of St. Damian
  • Basilica of St. Dominic
  • Sanctuary of St. Catherine & House
  • Piazza del Camp
  • Mass at Santa Maria Novella Basilica
  • Michelangelo’s David
  • Signora Square
  • Santa Croce Basilica
  • St. Anthony’s Basilica
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • St. Mark’s Square & Basilica
  • 9 Breakfasts * 3 Dinners

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