PEACEFUL ITALY

  • Duration:13 NIGHTS/ 14 DAYS
  • Countries Visited: Italy
  • Highlights:Lake Maggiore, Holy Mountain, Varese, Padua, Rosa Mystica, Florence, Assisi, Loreto, Lanciano, San Giovani, Rome
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Milan X Rome/ NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • Buffet breakfast and dinner as per itinerary
    • Gourmet lunch in Bologna
    • Farewell dinner in Rome
    • Transportation by private deluxe motorcoach
    • English speaking tour escort
    • Comprehensive sightseeing and admissions
    • Mass daily
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
    • Select International travel bag & portfolio

 

DAY 1: DEPART THE U.S.A.

You’ll leave on an overnight flight to Milan.

DAY 2: LAKE MAGGIORE

Welcome to Italy. Upon arrival you are met by your English speaking tour escort, and transferred to the peaceful and incomparably Lovely Lake Region of Northern Italy. On this fascinating trip you have the opportunity to explore and compare different regions of Italy, varied yet similar in their beauty and the ever-present Italian zest for life. You have the day at leisure to stroll the shore of Lake Magiorre and become acclimated to a new time zone. Overnight Stresa. (D.)

DAY 3: HOLY MOUNTAIN- Sancturay of Oropa- Italian Lakes

The Sacro Monte of Beate Vergine Oropa in the Italian lakes is dedicated to Saint Eusebius, the first bishop of Vercelli who built the first small chapel high on the cliff. The building was consecrated in 1295, as the Church of Santa Maria. In 1617 work began on the Sacro Monte 17 chapels, 12 of which describe the Virgin Mary’s life through paintings and statues. The buildings were constructed on the cliff top called the “Oretto”. The old basilica houses the famous black Madonna and a collection of beautiful 14th century frescoes. The statue of the Black Virgin is the very heart of the Sanctuary, with pilgrims coming from all over the world to pray and experience the deep sense of religious faith. Overnight Varese. (B.D.)

DAY 4: HOLY MOUNTAIN

Today we visit the Way of Jerusalem, or the Holy Land of Italy, to see the many religious sights there including the Holy Mountain, which is a prayer route, that follows the Passion of Christ. Via Sacra is 2 km long with a difference in altitude of 300 meters, it passes through 14 Chapels far enough from each other to allow the recitation of ten Hail Mary’s, illustrating the Rosary mysteries. The last mystery is contemplated in the 15th century St. Mary of the Mountain Sanctuary. The Chapels were built at the beginning of the 17th century by G. Bernasconi and contain works of art by important artists. Overnight Varese. (B.D.)

DAY 5: VARESE- ROSA MYSTICA-PADUA

Depart for Montechiari, the site of Rosa Mystica Shrine and the origin of the Weeping Pilgrim Madonnas. The day ends in Padua where we see the Cathedral of San Anthony and the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Overnight in Padua. (B.D.)

DAY 6: VENICE

Today enjoy a full day in Venice, including a walking tour of St. Mark’s Cathedral and Square, the Doges Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Padua. (B.D.)

DAY 7: PADUA – BOLOGNA–FLORENCE

After Mass at St. Anthony’s Basilica,  depart Padua for Bologna and stop for lunch, to sample the famous Bolognese cooking. See the University of Bologna and the Church of St. Luke, before continuing on to Florence. Overnight in Florence. (B.L.D.)

DAY 8: FLORENCE

{mosimage} This morning tour the Renaissance City, including the Duomo, the Baptistery, Santa Croce Church and Michelangelo’s “David”. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Florence. (B.)

DAY 9: ASSISI

Start early this morning with a visit to Assisi,  home of St. Francis and St. Clare. The walking tour includes visits to the Basilica of St. Francis and Church of St. Clare, as well as, visits to San Damiano and St. Mary of the Angels with the famous thornless rose bush. Overnight Assisi. (B.D.)

DAY 10: LORETO-LANCIANO- SAN GIOVANNI

Continue to Loreto, where you see the Holy House of Nazareth, and celebrate Mass. The legend tells us that the angels transported Mary’s house from the Holy Land to Italy. However, scholars believe that this house, built of stone found in Holy Land but not in Italy, and dating back to the time of Christ, was transported by sea. In Lanciano you see the relic of the living flesh of Jesus in a special Monstrance and Tabernacle. Late arrival in San Giovanni, home of Padre Pio. Overnight in San Giovanni. (B.D.)

DAY 11: SAN GIOVANNI

Visit places associated with Padre Pio, his tomb and cell, the old church where he received the stigmata, his confessional and the new church of Santa Maria Delle Grazia. In the afternoon see the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel, where we celebrate Mass.  Overnight in San Giovanni. (B.D.)

DAY 12: SAN GIOVANNI- ROME

We depart this morning for Rome. Before arriving at our hotel we stop at St. Paul Outside the Walls for Holy Mass. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight Rome. (B.)

DAY 13: CHRISTIAN ROME

The day starts with early Mass followed by the Papal Audience. Today’s Christian Rome tour includes the Sistine Chapel, the Basilicas of Saints Mary Major & John Lateran, Holy Stairs and Holy Cross in Jerusalem. Tonight you enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional Italian restaurant where you can sing along with local music and savor home cooked dishes and regional wine. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)

DAY 14: RETURN TO THE U.S.A

Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B.)

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