10 Days Shrines of Italy

Our most popular pilgrimage! and no one knows better how to deliver a Catholic pilgrimage to Italy like Nativity Pilgrimage.  Visit the “Last Supper” painting by Leonardo da Vinci …Discover the romantic canals of Venice, the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark … view the Renaissance treasures in Florence … visit Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis … Padua, Padre Pio and San Giovanni Rotondo. to one of the most powerful Eucharistic Miracle Sanctuaries in Lanciano from the 8th century….to the most lovable saint ever St. Francis of Assisi Enjoy four nights in Rome including visits to the four major basilicas and the highlight, a Papal Audience with Pope Francis.

Our pilgrimages to Italy will leave you with lifelong memories and a stronger tie to your faith. On a typical tour, you will experience the pageantry and excitement of an audience with the Holy Father at St. Peter’s Basilica.

On our pilgrimage we offer a complete itinerary that includes round-trip airfare, accommodation in first class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, all transportation, daily Mass and all under excellent organizing, leadership and teaching from Nativity pilgrimage expert staff and Guides

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DESTINATION INFORMATION
WHAT’S INCLUDED
ITINERARY
DATES & PRICES
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:

  •   Round Trip Airfare
  •   All airport taxes and Fuel SURCHARGES.
  •   Includes First class Hotels 4-5 stars.
  •   Headphones for the pilgrimage.
  •   Transfers as per itinerary.
  •    Breakfast and Dinner daily.
  •   Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary.
  •   Daily Masses.
  •   Professional local Catholic guide(s)
  •  Prices Based on Double Occupancy.
  •  Tour Brochures: Special promotional brochures featuring
  •   the Pilgrimage printed for distribution by you.
  •  Travel Protection Plan for Everybody on Pilgrimage is provided for FREE.
YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Trip cancellation protection plan is not included and is strongly        recommended.
  • Nativity Pilgrimage offers a comprehensive policy at additional cost.
  •  Passport & visa costs, if any.
  •  U.S. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months subsequent to               return date.
  •   Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, etc.).
  •   Meals not specified in the program.
  •   Gratuities to the tour manager, guides and driver.
  •   Items not specifically mentioned above.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRIP
  • Capital: Rome
  • Language: Italian
  • Population: 60.6 million
  • Time Zone: EST plus 6 hours
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity: 220V. 50Hz
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ROME – MONTE CASSINO – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – LANCIANO – LORETO – ASSISI – SIENA

ITINERARY
Day
1

Flight  from USA to Rome

Today: Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your overnight flight to Rome. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day
2

Rome

Today: At arrival we arrive in the beautiful picturesque city of Rome. We are greeted by our  guide and driver board our coach bus for a panoramic tour of the “Eternal City”. We travel to your hotel to  settle in and unpack. There will be free time for any activities.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
3

Rome / Vatican City / St. Peter’s Basilica / Sistine Chapel

Today: In the morning, attend Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.  We then attend a general papal audience with Pope Francis. After the audience, we tour the Vatican-Museums to see centuries of beautiful artwork and artifacts. See the artwork of Michelangelo such as the Pieta and then visit the Sistine Chapel. Lunch is at the Vatican Museum. In the afternoon, tour the Scavi excavations the necropolis underneath St. Peter’s Basilica where tomb of St. Peter is located. We then tour the interior of the Basilica.  End our day on a visit to the Tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Sebastian’s Chapel.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
4

Rome / The Catacombs / St. Paul Outside The Wall / Trevi Fountain

Today: This morning, we start our day celebrating Mass at the Basilica of St. Cecelia in Trastavere.  The basilica and convent are built over the home of St. Cecelia who was martyred in the 3rd. century. Visit the catacombs of St. Callixtus which is among the greatest and most important in Rome. Travel to St. Paul Outside the Walls where the body of St. Paul is buried. Visit the Trevi Fountain where a coin thrown over your shoulder will guarantee you another visit to Rome. We then stop for lunch. The afternoon is free for shopping, relaxing or touring additional city sites. Enjoy a special evening meal (on us) with your spiritual director and fellow pilgrims. Share your experiences and expectations of your spiritual journey together in Rome.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
5

Rome / Colosseum / Roman Forum / Basilica Of St. Gregory The Great

Today: We begin our walking tour of Rome. Starting at the Piazza Venezia we will walk to some of Rome’s most famous sights like the Capitoline Hill, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon.  Visit the Capitoline Museums and view one of Italy’s finest collection of classical sculptures.  We walk to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven (Sancta Maria de AracoeliIt which is the designated Church of the city council of Rome. Walk past the Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and Paul were held before their executions. Walk to the Via dei Fori Imperiali where we have an opportunity to tour the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Arch of Constantine.  After lunch, we visit The Basilica di San Clemente (Basilica of St. Clement) an early Christian basilica in Rome dedicated to Pope St. Clement. Visit the Basilica of San Gregorio Magno al Celio (St. Gregory the Great) which is part of a monastery of monks of the Camaldolese branch of the Benedictine Order We stop at Mother Teresa convent for a short prayer and make a donation.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
6

Rome / Basilica Of St. Mary Major / Scala Sancta / Santa Prassede                                                                                                                                        

Today: Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce in Jerusalem one of the Seven Pilgrimage Churches of Rome. It houses the relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ. From here, we visit the Scala Sancta, the stairs Christ climbed to stand before Pontius Pilate. Those who wish may climb the stairs, as is the custom, on their knees. We stop for lunch and free time for shopping. In the late afternoon, we traveling to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Mother. It is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian Church in Rome. It contains a relic from the manger. A few steps away from St. Mary Major is Santa Prassede. It is a 9th-century basilica which has a piece of the scourging column of Christ.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
7

Rome / Basilica Of Santa Maria / Spanish Steps / Borghese Gallery                                                                                                                                    

Today: We travel to the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere a titular minor basilica. According to legend, on the day Christ was born a stream of pure oil flowed from the earth on the site of the church, signifying the coming of the grace of God. Upon leaving the Basilica, we then walk the Via Julia and cross the bridge to Via dei Penitenzieri and walk to St. Peter’s Square for the noon Angelus. We stop for lunch and then catch the metro to the Spanish Steps. After visiting the Spanish Steps, we walk through the Villa Borghese (the largest public park in Rome) and arrive at the Borghese Gallery and view its collections of paintings and sculptures mainly from the 15th to 18th century.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
8

Rome / Assisi

Today: This morning, we will celebrate/attend Mass at 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. We will tour the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and view many of his personal possessions. The crucifix that spoke to him, asking him, “Rebuild my Church.” We visit the chapel where St. Francis spent most of his time as well as the Church of St. Clare, where her relics are housed. The rest of the day is for shopping or relaxing.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
9

Assisi / Sienna / Rome

Today: In the morning, we head to Siena and view the city’s Romanesque- Gothic cathedral that was completed in 1380. The Sanctuary of St. Catherine of Siena houses the Miraculous Crucifix from which she received her stigmata. We walk the shell shaped Piazza del Campo town square which houses the Palazza Pubblico and the Torre Del Mangia two of their many architectural treasures. We continue on to see the incorrupt relics of St. Catherine of Siena at the Basilica of St. Dominic. Return to Rome in the evening.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
10

Rome to USA

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flights home.