Pilgrimage to Italy - March 20, 2023

Rome | Assisi | Orvieto

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.

A Truly Catholic Pilgrimage
Date: 3/20/2023
Duration: 11 Days
Departure: Indianapolis
Activity Level: Level 2 - Moderate
 
$4,057
per person

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Italy Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | March 20 | Depart USA

Our pilgrimage begins as we depart on our overnight flight to Florence. Meals and refreshments will be served aloft.

Day 2 | March 21 | Arrive Rome / Orvieto / Assisi

Upon arrival at the airport in Rome, we are met by our tour manager who will be with us for the duration of our pilgrimage in Italy. Journey to Orvieto, a walled town high on a hill that holds one of the greatest Eucharistic Miracles in its cathedral. In nearby Bolsena, in the 13th century, a priest 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 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. The Cathedral of Orvieto has striking similarities to the beautiful Duomo in Florence with its unique exterior. Inside is the Signorelli Chapel that holds some of the greatest artistic masterpieces in the world. After time for prayer and reflection, continue north through the Umbrian countryside to Assisi, the picturesque town made known by the piety and works of St. Francis. (D)

Day 3 | March 22 | Assisi

Witness where the power of the Eucharist turned away an army that 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. In a vision she saw the advancing army flee in terror, thus establishing “The Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi.” Also in the convent, we will visit the chapel where Jesus spoke to St. Francis from the crucifix, asking him to rebuild the church. 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, and where the golden locks of St. Clare’s hair and St. Francis’ poor patched tunic are kept. This afternoon we will 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 into Assisi for the evening. (B, D)

Day 4 | March 23 | Assisi / Rome

This morning, 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 began her religious life. Then depart for Rome, where we are immersed into the Classical era and early Rome. We will visit the heart of ancient Roman government and see the remains of the Forum, including the basilica of Sts. Cosmas and Damian built over the site of a pagan temple, then tour the Colosseum. Afterwards, transfer to our hotel and check in before dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 5 | March 24 | Rome

Begin the day in the heart of the Vatican: St. Peter’s Basilica, where we contemplate centuries of history of the Catholic Church. Here we see the life-like Pieta statue by Michelangelo, stunning paintings, and the importance of Eucharistic Adoration at the chapel renovated under the direction of St. John Paul II. 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. The most famous ceiling in the world awaits us inside the Sistine Chapel. Popes are elected under this ceiling and the faithful have continued to come and be awed by its splendor for centuries. This afternoon, we will split up into small groups for tours of the Scavi – the necropolis under St. Peter’s Basilica, pending confirmation. The balance of the day will be free for personal reflection and activities, including dinner out on your own.(B)

Day 6 | March 25 | Rome

Visit two other major basilicas of Rome today, but first we climb the Scala Santa (Holy Stairs), which our Lord climbed on His way to His condemnation. Afterwards, enjoy a tour and time for personal prayer and reflection in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the official seat of the Bishop of Rome. Afterwards, we continue to St. Clement’s Basilica, a minor basilica in Rome, which houses an original fresco depicting St. Clement celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, giving us a picture of Eucharistic worship at the end of the first century or the beginning of the second. Finally, we proceed to St. Mary Major where we venerate the crib of Christ, view the famous icon attributed to St. Luke, and see inestimable artwork that makes Rome renowned throughout the world. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7 | March 26 | Rome

Today we join thousands of other pilgrims at St. Peter’s Basilica to pray the Angelus with Pope Francis and receive his blessing – as his schedule allows. Afterwards, travel to St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, commemorating the martyrdom of St. Lawrence, one of the first deacons of Rome. Peek through one of the grates under the altar and you might see some of the ancient tunnels that led to a catacomb where he was first buried. The remains of the martyrs St. Justin and St. Stephen are also beneath the altar. In addition, this gem of a church holds the body of Pope Pius IX who declared the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The rest of the afternoon and evening will again be free to explore on your own and enjoy a meal out on the town. (B)

Day 8 | March 27 | Rome

This morning we travel a short distance outside of Rome to Subiaco, where we visit Benedict’s monastery, built around the Sacro Speco (Holy Cave) where he lived for three years in prayer and seclusion. Here St. Benedict began to codify his Rule, which became the foundation of western monasticism. We will also visit St. Scholastica’s Monastery, built by Benedict and his twin sister, Scholastica, originally one of twelve in this area. We will see the cloisters from the 6th and 11th centuries, as well as the medieval church decorated by Cosmati, before returning to Rome for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 9 | March 28 | Rome

Our morning begins at the fourth major basilica of Rome: St. Paul Outside the Walls, the great church built by Constantine over the tomb of St. Paul. After time for prayer and reflection, 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, journey to the Church of St. Mary of the Conception of the Capuchins, known for its unusual crypt, the walls of which are covered with the bones of over 4,000 Capuchin friars who died between 1528 and 1870. Marvel at the architectural beauty of the Spanish Steps on the way to the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, located on the famed Piazza del Popolo. This minor basilica boasts works by many notable artists, including Raphael, Bernini, and Caravaggio. Afterwards, enjoy another free evening for dinner and exploration. Perhaps return to the shopping area around the Spanish Steps or wander through the nearby Villa Borghese before returning to your hotel. (B)

Day 10 | March 29 | Rome

This morning, we join thousands of other pilgrims for a Papal Audience at St. Peter’s Basilica to hear the Pope’s words and receive his blessing – as his schedule allows. Afterwards, journey to Castel Sant’Angelo, also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian as he is the one who commissioned it as a tomb for himself. This building was later used by popes as a castle, residence, prison, and fortress and is now a museum. This afternoon, enjoy one last walking tour of some of Rome’s other famous sites, including the Piazza Navona, with Bernini’s lavish fountains, and the Pantheon with its unique dome that inspired Michelangelo. Admire the intricate frescoes and paintings of all the side chapels in the Church of the Gesu. Guarantee another visit to Rome by throwing the traditional coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain. This evening we enjoy our farewell dinner together before retiring for our last night in Rome. (B, D)

Day 11 | March 30 | Rome / USA

Today we say “Ciao” to Italia and transfer to the airport for our return flight home, cherishing all the wonderful memories and graces of this pilgrimage. (B)

 

What's Included

  • Daily Mass at holy sites
  • Roundtrip economy airfare from Indianapolis on American Airlines
  • 9 nights’ accommodations, including taxes and service charges
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at airports and hotels
  • Knowledgeable, friendly, Catholic/Christian guides; whisper headsets; deluxe motor coach transportation to holy sites; all entrance fees listed on itinerary
  • Breakfast and dinner as per itinerary (excluding drinks)
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Rome on day 10
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