PILGRIMAGE IN THE SOUTH AND CENTRAL ITALY
Day 1 – Rome
Arrival to Rome and start of the Christian tour with the visit and Holy Mass at St. Mary Major’s basilica, transfer to hotel, rest of the day at leisure until dinner.
Day 2 – Vatican / Audience / Sistine Chapel
Wednesday is for the general audience with Pope Francesco. You will be joined with thousands of Christians from all over the world in this unique privilege to celebrate the Word of God with Pope Francesco. Lunch break and some short free time before you leave Vatican. Following is visit to Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s basilica, and with some free time for shopping before return to hotel. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Christian tour of Rome
Today group will continue pilgrimage with the visit of the basilica of St. John Lateran, Holy Steps, St. Paul Outside the Walls and Domitilla Catacombs. In the afternoon we visit sites like Trevi fountain, Dominican church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and through the traffic and streets of old Rome walk to Piazza di Spagna, and most preserved master piece of Roman architecture – Pantheon. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – Montecassino / Monte Sant’Angelo
We leave Rome and stop two hours away from it at Monte Cassino. St. Benedict himself was involved in building of this spectacular Benedictine Abbey in 6th century. After visit to the Monastery we continue towards San Giovanni Rotondo, passing by it you will arrive to Monte Sant´ Angelo. Here brief visit the Grotto of Michael Archangel. Little shrine visited by many Popes, by padre Pio, true old Italian pilgrimage destination for the 6th century! Everyone loves the walk thru this small picturesque town Monte San’t Angelo. Tonight you will stay here for dinner and overnight – In the evening enjoy fascinating panoramic view on the Adriatic Sea.
Day 5 – San giovanni Rotondo / Lanciano / Loreto
In the morning after breakfast group will leave for 30 minutes drive to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in San Giovanni Rotondo. Visit will include museum inside the church that holds many precious relics and objects that used to belong to padre Pio, his room, thousands of letters…after a sightseeing of the place of Padre Pio. You will continue along the Adriatic Sea towards Lanciano. Later in the afternoon is a brief visit to the church of St. Francis in Lanciano – greatest Eucharistic miracle in the world. Chance for a lunch in self served restaurant right by the church. Your day ends in Loreto. Overnight is in Loreto within the walls of medieval town.
Day 6 – Loreto / Assisi
After the Holy Mass in the Basilica of the Holy Family you will tour this beautiful medieval town of Loreto it will include visit to the basilica with the remains of the house of the Holy Family, little town square “Piazza della Madona”. Here we will spend one memorable afternoon. “The Angel of the lord declared unto Mary, and She conceived of the Holy Spirit”. In the afternoon after the lunch in one of the restaurants overlooking the valley you will continue to Assisi. After arrival to Assisi and dinner at your hotel 2 min walk from basilica of St. Mary of Angels – Santa Maria Degli Angeli.
Day 7 – Assisi
This morning city tour of Assisi will start with visit of Santa Maria Degli Angeli with story of life of St. Francis and his first community. Prayer in Porziuncola will be just one of the highlights on today’s tour. Tour follows with Assisi and our walk through the old town; visit of Piazza del Comune (Assisi’s main square with medieval government buildings and the roman temple of Minerva), house of birth of San Francesco and Basilica di Santa Chiara. Our tour includes comprehensive guidance inside the Basilica of St. Francis with detailed explanations on work of Giotto and Cimabue frescoes. Some free time for shopping and lunch in one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Umbria. Overnight here in Santa Maria Degli Angeli.
After breakfast back to Rome to spend a day.