Pilgrimage to Italy – June 16, 2024

Rome | Assisi | Siena

See where the foundations of the Catholic faith are displayed to the eyes of the world. To visit Italy is to journey to the past as history comes alive.
A Truly Catholic Pilgrimage
Date:
6/16/2024
Duration:
11 Days
Departure:
Indianapolis
Activity Level:
Level 3 - Challenging
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Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | June 16 | Depart USA

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

Day 2 | June 17 | Arrive Rome / Orvieto / Assisi

After our arrival in the “Eternal City”, we will be met by our tour manager at the airport and drive north, stopping in the walled town of Orvieto. In the 13th century, in nearby Bolsena, 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. After venerating the sacred Eucharistic miracle, we will continue our drive through the beautiful Umbrian countryside to Assisi, a town which welcomes us in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare, and our home for the next four nights. We will then proceed to our hotel for check-in and dinner. (D) Overnight Assisi

Day 3 | June 18 | Assisi

We begin our day in the heart of Assisi in the Shrine of Renunciation within St. Mary Major church. This shrine was built to commemorate the spot where St. Francis renounced his wealth and family and began his life of poverty and service to the Lord. It is now where the tomb of Bl. Carlo Acutis lies. Bl. Carlo – the first millennial saint – dedicated part of his short life to cataloging Eucharistic Miracles from around the world. After venerating his resting place, journey to the Basilica of St. Francis to venerate this saint’s burial place. After a tour of this marvelous basilica, proceed to the Basilica of St. Clare, which holds the famous San Damiano Crucifix that spoke to St. Francis, and where the golden locks of St. Clare’s hair and St. Francis’ poor patched tunic are kept. This afternoon, 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 establishing “The Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi.” The balance of the afternoon will be free until dinner and overnight in our hotel. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Assisi

Day 4 | June 19 | Assisi / Siena / Assisi

The home of St. Catherine of Siena beckons as we venerate the great Eucharistic Miracle of Siena at the Basilica of St. Francis on our day trip from Assisi. Thieves stole a container of consecrated Hosts, which were later found in the church’s offertory box. They were reverently collected and have remained incorrupt since 1730. We then visit the Basilica of St. Dominic where St. Catherine attended daily Mass and went into spiritual ecstasy. Inside, the Chapel of Vaults holds the only portrait of the saint painted while she was alive. Some of her relics are also here to venerate. Adjacent to the church is the home where she lived, fasted, and prayed. We take a stroll through the ancient streets of Siena, which converge on the Piazza del Campo known as one of the most beautiful squares in the world with its soaring bell tower and unique shell-like shape. We’ll enjoy some time for personal activities before returning to Assisi. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Assisi

Day 5 | June 20 | Assisi

This morning we will visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, the site of the beloved Porziuncola the tiny chapel rebuilt by St. Francis and his fellow friars after Francis took the commandment from the Lord to “rebuild my church” literally, and where St. Clare began her life as a nun. Afterwards, we will make our way up Monte Subasio – either on foot or minibus (our large motorcoach cannot handle the sharp turns) – to L’ Eremo delle Carceri, or the Carceri hermitage. These caves are where St. Francis and his followers first prayed and started their ministry to the world. Here, where St Francis often prayed, in the midst of the lush green forest and the singing birds, one gets a deep sense of the Franciscan spirit. After some time for prayer and our own private reflections, we return to the valley of Assisi. We will have some personal time for reflection to walk the streets of this medieval town and absorb the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare. Dinner tonight will be on our own. (B, Mass) Overnight Assisi

Day 6 | June 21 | Assisi / Greccio / Rome

This morning we will depart Assisi and journey south to the medieval town of Greccio. Greccio itself, set on a beautiful mountaintop, is famous for its cool summer climate and its mineral springs. However, it is even more renowned for its connections with St. Francis of Assisi and as the birthplace of the Christmas crèche. On Christmas Night 1223, St. Francis led shepherds to the top of a nearby hill where they gathered in a stable sheltering an ox and a donkey. According to legend, the Baby Jesus miraculously appeared in the manger. On this spot the Franciscan convent of Greccio was built, and the Chapel of the Crib was erected in 1228, the year St. Francis was canonized. Continue to Rome, our home for the next five nights. Depending upon our arrival, we will either have an overview of the city first or check into our hotel. The balance of the day will be free to settle in or explore the area around our hotel before dinner. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 7 | June 22 | Rome

Our first full day in Rome is filled with wonder and awe as we steep ourselves in the beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica, which beckons us into its interior through the arms of Bernini’s Colonnade. Marveling at Michelangelo’s Pieta and praying at the Perpetual Adoration Chapel renovated by St. John Paul II are just two of the highlights of our tour. Afterwards, we walk through the Vatican Museums which house artifacts from the around the world and Eucharistic art to prepare ourselves for the greatest masterpiece yet: The Sistine Chapel. Painted by Michelangelo, it is the most famous ceiling in the world under which popes are chosen to lead the faithful. One is always looking up at the masterwork of art that explains the theology of God. Later this afternoon, we take a peaceful tour of the tranquil Vatican Gardens (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 8 | June 23 | Rome

We begin this morning in the heart of ancient Rome with visits to the Colosseum and Forum. Afterwards, those who desire will head over to St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus with Pope Francis and receive his blessing – as his schedule allows. After lunch, we proceed to the charming Trastevere district. Venerate the remains of the patron saint of music at the Church of St. Cecilia and then visit the Basilica of Santa Maria – one of the oldest churches of Rome. The balance of the day will be free for personal activities exploring this district, including dinner on our own. (B, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 9 | June 24 | Rome

The Scala Santa, or Holy Stairs, are prayed this day by going up them on your knees because they are so sacred. Christ walked on these 28 marble stairs at the home of Pontius Pilate before he was condemned to death. For those who cannot climb the stairs on their knees there are other stairs leading to the chapel at the top. Our prayerful experience continues with a visit to St. John Lateran, the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic faithful and the oldest basilica in Europe followed by a stop at St. Clement’s Basilica, built in honor of the fourth pope. An original fresco inside this basilica depicts St. Clement celebrating Mass, giving us a visible history of Eucharistic worship at the end of the first century. Finally, at St. Mary Major 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. We will have another opportunity this evening to explore Rome at our leisure, including dinner on our own. (B, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 10 | June 25 | Rome

Our morning begins at St. Paul Outside the Walls, originally built by Constantine in the fourth century over the site of St. Paul’s tomb. After some time for prayer, we visit the Tre Fontane, site of three fountains and three churches, where St. Paul was beheaded. Afterwards, we proceed to the Catacombs of St. Callistus and venerate the martyrs and early saints of the Church. This evening, we will enjoy our farewell dinner at a local restaurant near the Piazza Navona, after which we celebrate the conclusion of our pilgrimage with a walking tour to the Pantheon, Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain where a coin thrown over your shoulder will guarantee you another visit to Rome. (B, D, Mass) Overnight Rome

Day 11 | June 16 | Rome / U.S.A.

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

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What's Included

  • Daily Mass at holy sites
  • Roundtrip economy class airfare from Indianapolis on United Airlines
  • 9 nights’ accommodation, 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
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant on day 10
  • Breakfast and dinner per itinerary (excluding drinks)

*Pricing Information

The total pricing is based off the following components:
Base price:
$4,765
Air taxes/fuel surcharges:
$675.30
Gratuities:
$150
See brochure for information about single rooms and/or land-only pricing.

Please note: Air taxes/fuel surcharges and gratuities are subject to change and will be updated on the final invoice. The final invoice will be emailed to you approximately 3 months prior to departure.
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Testimonials

Read what other pilgrims have shared about their experiences with Tekton Ministries.
You can view more testimonials here.
Italy
"My favorite moment was offering Mass on the altar of Pope St. Gregory the Great in St. Peter's."
Fr. Sean D.Pilgrim from Pawhuska, OK
Italy
"[Our tour manager] was just amazing! Our trip would not have been the same without her. Because we were a family group we would sometimes make last minute decisions to make changes to the itinerary and [our tour manager] always went above and beyond to meet our wishes."
Michelle P.Pilgrim from Omaha, NE
Italy
"Celebrating Mass at the tomb of St. Francis, my confirmation saint, was an incredible gift. As our pilgrimage continued, I was drawn into each and every altar and chapel that Mass was celebrated, but the uniqueness of that place was memorable."
Fr. Steven M.Pilgrim from Lincoln, NE