• Duration:11 nights/ 12 days
  • Countries Visited:Italy
  • Highlights:Featuring Rome, Assisi, Loreto, Manappello, Lanciano and San Giovanni
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Rome/NYC
    • First Class hotels
    • Buffet breakfast daily and dinners as noted
    • Transportation by a deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
    • English speaking guide
    • Touring and sightseeing as per itinerary
    • Admission to the Vatican Museum
    • Baggage handling
    • All spiritual activities coordinated
    • Select International travel portfolio and bag



Depart this evening on an overnight flight to Rome.


You will be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. En route we stop at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls for Mass and a prayer of thanks for our safe journey. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure to become acclimated to the new country and a new time zone. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)


Today, tour the incredible treasures of the Vatican Museum, with a fascinating collection of historical artifacts and precious objects of art, including the Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, tour the St. Peter’s Basilica. Holy Mass in St. Peter’s will be a wonderful start of our Spiritual Program. This Mass will be requested at the Crypt of St. Peter, where the remains of the first Pope lay under the main altar, and also close to the tomb of John Paul II, which we visit. In the afternoon, see the ancient ruins of the Coliseum , the famous Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and many more sites which we are so familiar with from famous movies and pictures. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)


This morning celebrate Mass followed by the Papal Audience, as we experience a special joy to be in the presence of the Holy Father. In the afternoon we see Christian Rome, including the Basilicas of Sts. Mary Major, John Lateran and the Holy Stairs. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)


After breakfast depart for Orvieto, site of the Eucharistic Miracle. In nearby Bolsena, in 1236, during Mass the Consecrated Host turned into flesh and began to bleed profusely and stained not only the corporal but also the marble stones of the altar floor. The corporal was taken to Orvieto where it remains today. The result of this miracle was the institution of the Feast of Corpus Christi. In the afternoon travel to Siena, home of St. Catherine and St. Bernardino. This magnificently kept medieval town is also famous for the legendary “Palio”, a grand festival celebrated twice a year with a “no rules” horse race. Our guided walking tour takes us through the mini neighborhoods of Siena and includes the beautifully detailed Cathedral of Siena , the Church of St. Dominic (where the relic of the head of St. Catherine can be found), magnificent Palio Square and a few other important places. After the tour we will proceed to the Basilica di San Francesco (part of the Franciscan Friary in Siena), where we will celebrate Mass and witness a Eucharistic Miracle!  Visit the house of St. Catherine and see the cross from which she received the stigmata. Overnight Assisi. (B.D.)


Today visit the hilltop home of St. Francis. Celebrate Mass at the church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli, which contains the famous Porziuncola, the chapel where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare. Also visit the Basilica of St. Clare, where you see her incorrupt body in the crypt. At the convent of San Damiano, see where the Miracle of the Eucharist of Assisi took place in 1241, twelve years before St. Clare died. Visit the church where St. Francis wrote the “Canticle of the Sun”, and see the place where St. Clare lived. Overnight Assisi. (B.D.)


After breakfast depart for Cascia, the site of our next Eucharistic Miracle. See the Basilica of St. Rita with her incorrupt body. The stained glass windows surrounding the main altar depict the Eucharistic Miracle of Siena, which shows an open book, with two red round stains facing each other. Today a special Monstrance holds the pages that reveal the blood stains. In the stains is the perfect portrait outline of Christ’s face. In the afternoon you arrive in Loreto. See the Holy House of Nazareth, which tradition tells us, was transported here from the Holy Land.  You’ll have a chance to view the most reproduced Madonna in the world: the Black Madonna of Loreto. Overnight Loreto. (B.D.)


We depart today to Manoppello, a village in the Abruzzi region of Italy. In 1620 the Capuchin Friars built a convent just outside the inhabited zone of the town, with a little church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. It is here, since 1638, the relic has been preserved. The primitive little church has been enlarged, until the middle of the twentieth century when it became the Shrine of the Holy Face (Il Santuario del Volto Santo). What beckons so many pilgrims to this shrine is the face of a man impressed on both sides of a cloth which is almost transparent, as if on a photographic slide “… as that of a living person that is found behind the fabric and that looks out from behind this extremely fine material: a person with hair of a marvelous splendor,… that falls in two flowing bands on both sides of the cloth. But even more striking are the eyes which have an intense whiteness. The expression on the face is gentle, with a hint of a smile.” Tradition tells us this relic, also known as the “Sacred Visage” or the “Veil of Veronica”, was used by St. Veronica to wipe Jesus’ face as he bore his heavy cross through Jerusalem. The cloth is said to have healing powers, and was visited by Pope Benedict in September of 2006. After viewing the cloth we depart for Lanciano.  Overnight Lanciano. (B.D.)


This morning we celebrate Mass in Lanciano . Here we see the Host of Flesh, which is still in one piece and has retained the dimensions of the original. The actual spot of the miracle is located beneath the present day tabernacle of the Church of St. Francis. The Miracle Itself is preserved in the second tabernacle, which is found in the high altar. The Host, now changed to Flesh, is contained in a silver Monstrance. The wine, now changed to Blood, is contained in a crystal chalice. This is also a pilgrimage place to Our Lady of Mercy. We are on our way to San Giovanni, to see the places associated with life and work of Padre Pio lived. Overnight San Giovanni. (B.D.)


Our day is dedicated to Padre Pio.  We honor his work as we visit his tomb and cell, his confessional and the Capuchin Monastery of Our Lady of Grace, as well as, the new Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazia and the Home for the Relief of the Suffering.  In the afternoon we drive a short distance to see the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Overnight San Giovanni. (B.D.)


{mosimage} This morning we travel west for more majestic views of the southern part of the mighty Apennine Mountain Range. We head for the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Enjoy a fascinating visit of this unique city once completely covered by the lava of Mt. Vesuvius. Mass is celebrated at Our Lady of Pompeii. After we tour the ancient ruins we depart for Rome. Tonight we have a farewell dinner with wine and music. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)


Relax and enjoy the ride as we head towards the Capital of Italy. Along the way, visit Montecasino to learn more about St. Benedict and some World War II history. Then make a stop at the Sanctuary of the “Madonna delle Grazie” in Nettuno, to learn about the life of St. Maria Goretti, one of the most well loved saints of the twentieth century (Mass celebrated here). Next on our journey is the American Cemetery close to the beaches of Anzio (site of the famous World War II battle). Afterwards, continue to the ancient home of the greatest empire in western civilization, Roma. We settle into the hotel for an overnight and celebrate all the wonderful events we experienced on this pilgrimage with a special farewell dinner with wine and music. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)


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


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