Pilgrimage to Italy - December 22, 2022

Rome | Assisi | Orvieto | Private Group

Activity Level 2 - Moderate

Tour a land steeped in the history of martyrs and well-known saints. See how the Catholic faith grew as a signpost to the world.

Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi
A Truly Catholic Pilgrimage
Date: 12/22/2022
Duration: 10 Days
Departure: Omaha
Activity Level: Level 2 - Moderate
 
$4,310
per person

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Italy Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | December 22 | Depart USA

Our pilgrimage begins with our overnight flight to Rome. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day 2 | December 23 | Arrive Rome

After our morning arriving in the “Eternal City,” we will be met at the airport by our tour manager, who will be accompanying us throughout the duration of our pilgrimage. We begin our pilgrimage with a visit of St. Peter’s Basilica where we contemplate centuries of history of the Catholic Church on a guided tour. Ward off jetlag with a trek to the top of St. Peter’s dome and take in the panoramic view of all of Rome’s seven hills. We then tour the Vatican Museum that hosts artifacts from around the world, some of the greatest depictions of the Eucharist in art, papal apartments, hand-woven intricate tapestries, and the stunning hallway of maps from the 1500s. Check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. If desired, venture out into the city to enjoy one of the last nights of the delightful Christmas markets scattered throughout the city. (D)

Day 3 | December 24 | Rome

This morning we travel to St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, originally built by Constantine in the fourth century over the site of St. Paul’s tomb. We journey into the lives of the martyrs as we visit the Catacombs of St. Callixtus. Here Christians celebrated the Mass in secret and buried the martyrs, including several popes. This afternoon, delve into ancient Rome with visits (depending upon opening hours) to the Colosseum and the Forum, then venturing to the Pantheon – an ancient Roman structure turned into a unique church and on to Piazza Navona. This evening attend Christmas Midnight Mass at the Vatican (subject to ticket availability). (B, D)

Day 4 | December 25 | Rome

Today, we visit the other two major basilicas of Rome. First, the Basilica of St. Mary Major, built in honor of Our Lady of the Snows, where we venerate the crib of Christ and view the famous icon painting attributed to St. Luke. Afterwards, visit the basilica of St. John Lateran, the official seat of the Bishop of Rome. If open, pray on the Scala Santa, or Holy Stairs, which were brought to Rome from Jerusalem. Christ walked on these 28 marble stairs at the home of Pontius Pilate to be condemned to death. This afternoon there is opportunity to explore the city on your own, before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 5 | December 26 | Rome / Orvieto / Assisi

Today we depart Rome and drive north, stopping in Orvieto to venerate the sacred Eucharistic miracle of Bolsena. In 1263, a priest in Bolsena doubted the Eucharistic Presence during Mass and the host turned to real flesh and the wine to real blood during the consecration. The priest brought the blood-stained Corporal to Pope Urban in nearby Orvieto, and it is now kept in a special reliquary for the faithful to view. It was also in Orvieto where Pope Urban IV called for a world-wide Feast of Corpus Christi. There will be time for both prayer and adoration in the magnificent cathedral. Afterwards, we continue on to Assisi, a town that welcomes us in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare into its peaceful interior, and visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, site of the Porziuncola, the tiny church in the woods where St. Francis began his ministry and where St. Clare was consecrated. Check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 6 | December 27 | Assisi

On our tour of Assisi today, we will witness where the power of the Eucharist turned away an army. The invading Saracen army was about to attack the Convent of San Damiano where St. Clare lived with her nuns in 1241. Even though bed-ridden, St. Clare got up and held the Blessed Sacrament in the air and saw the advancing army flee in terror. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis to venerate his burial place. Afterwards is the Basilica of St. Clare, which holds the famous San Damiano Crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. This afternoon we have the option to travel up Mt. Subasio to L’Eremo delle Carceri (the Carceri Hermitage), St. Francis’ favorite retreat center, where he could remain in seclusion and prayer. Enjoy some personal prayer time in this peaceful location before descending back into Assisi for the evening. For those who do not wish to climb the mount, Assisi offers ample quaint alleyways and streets to explore on your own. (B, D)

Day 7 | December 28 | Assisi / Siena / Tuscany

This morning we depart Assisi and journey to Siena, home of St. Catherine. Our first stop, and a highlight of our tour, will be the Basilica of St. Francis where we’ll venerate the Eucharistic miracle of Siena: Hosts which have remained incorrupt since 1730. Then we’ll celebrate Mass at St. Dominic’s, St. Catherine of Siena’s parish church where she attended daily Mass and went into ecstasy. Adjacent to the church is her home, which we’ll visit and see the cell where she fasted and prayed. Afterwards, we stroll the ancient Gothic streets which converge on the Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in the world. Enjoy some free time in this mystical walled city before continuing to a nearby Tuscan Villa, our home for the next three nights. (B, D)

Day 8 | December 29 | Tuscany

Explore the Tuscan countryside today or just relax at the villa. There are opportunities for wine and olive oil tasting, walking the dormant vineyards or hiking the local hills (weather permitting) (B, D)

Day 9 | December 30 | Tuscany

We’ll enjoy a full city tour of Florence, a magnificent Renaissance city. Stroll the same streets Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Botticelli walked. Gaze at artwork so divine it is still moving hearts centuries after its creation. See the famous dome on Florence’s cathedral, stare in awe at Michelangelo’s statue of David, and walk along the Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge designed by a Dominican friar. Visit the Baptistry chapel, with its bronze Gates of Paradise showcasing fabulous castings of the Old Testament. Continue onto Santa Maria Novella Church whose religious artwork is prized throughout the world. Enter the Santa Croce Church with its 16 chapels of superb frescoes by Giotto and see where Italy’s most famous Italians are buried. The rest of the afternoon is free for your own discoveries until our farewell dinner later this evening. (B, D)

Day 10 | December 31 | Tuscany / Florence /USA

Today we say Ciao to Italia and return home, cherishing all the wonderful memories and graces of this pilgrimage.

 

What's Included

  • Arrangements for daily Mass
  • Roundtrip economy class airfare from Omaha on Delta Airlines/Air France
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All municipal hotel taxes as currently levied
  • Breakfast and dinner as per itinerary
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant on day 9
  • Professional tour manager from arrival until departure
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with professional local guides
  • All entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Land transportation by private deluxe motorcoach
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at hotels
  • Whisper headsets from arrival until departure
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