14 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 – PISA – FLORENCE – PADUA – VENICE

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: We arrive in the beautiful picturesque city of Rome. We are greeted by our tour guide and board our coach bus for a panoramic tour of the “Eternal City”. We stop for lunch and then travel to your hotel to relax and settle in to the airport. If the time permits, there are convenient trains nearby for you to explore the splendor of Rome on your own.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
3

Rome / Papal Audience

Today: In the morning, we begin by attending a papal audience with Pope Francis. After the audience, we visit 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. We will explore St. Peter’s Basilica in its entire splendor. It is built over St. Peter’s tomb. Visit the Tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Sebastian’s Chapel. Travel to the Church of St. Peter’s Chains, which contains the statue of Moses by Michelangelo. Visit the Roman Forum, Arch of Titus and then proceed to tour the Coliseum. We drive through Rome and take in the sites on the way back to your hotel.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
4

Rome

Today: We begin our day by traveling to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Mother. It contains a relic from the manger. 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. Nearby we visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran which was once the residents for popes. It is here that St. Francis persuaded Pope Innocent III to give permission to begin the Franciscan Order. We visit the Church of St. Paul Outside the Walls where the body of St. Paul is buried. It is the second largest Basilica in Rome and one of the five largest in the world.  At the Church of Domine Quo Vadis, is located on the spot where tradition says Saint Peter had a vision of the risen Christ while fleeing persecution in Rome. He convinced Peter to turn around and face crucifixion himself in Rome. Christ gave him the courage to follow him to martyrdom, as foretold in the Gospels. Finally, we visit the catacombs of St. Callixtus which are among the greatest and most important of Rome.  Here are buried early martyrs and popes of the early church.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
5

Rome

Today: Heading south, we pass through the rich Italian countryside of vineyards, orchards and olive groves. We take in the amazing panoramic views as the hills and valleys call to us. We find ourselves in Monte Cassino a town founded by St. Benedict in 529. Tour the magnificent Abbey of Monte Cassino, where the Benedictine Order was founded by St. Benedict. Visit the Church of St. Peter and Paul. We then continue on to San Giovanni Rotondo, the hometown of St. Padre Pio.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
6

San Giovanni Rotondo / Monte Sant’ Angel

Today: We celebrate Mass at the tomb of St. Padre Pio and take a tour of the sanctuary. We see the old church and the crucifix before which he received the stigmata in 1918. We see the confessional where Padre Pio directed people on their path. We stand and pray before St. Padre Pio’s incorrupt body. Moving on, we have a stunning view of the Gargano Peninsula as we travel to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Saints and popes and people from all over have come to this grotto looking for the protection and intercession of St. Michael.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
7

San Giovanni Rotondo / Lanciano / Loreto / Assisi

Today: We will have breakfast at our hotel before we make our way to Lanciano, and visit the Church of St. Longinus where we will see the Eucharistic Miracle and celebrate/attend Mass. We will continue on toward the Adriatic coast to the great Marian Shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. Tradition has it that this is the house in which Mary first prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived. Enjoy lunch before we make our way to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the founder of the Franciscan Order.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
8

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

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.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
10

Assisi / Pisa / Florence

Today: We leave Assisi and begin our travels to Florence. We stop along the way in the Tuscan City of Pisa and tour its famous Leaning Tower. We arrive in Florence, the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany.  As the birthplace of the Renaissance it contains numerous museums and art galleries which house the artwork of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and other famous artists. Enjoy your leisure time as you tour and explore this spectacular city.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Florence.

Day
11

Florence

Today: Your full day in Florence begins with breakfast and a guided tour. The tour includes the Church of the Holy Cross, the Santa Croce where many nobles are buried such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. This tour also includes a walking portion through the Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square, to the Santa Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is an iconic piece of architecture of the city of Florence. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 13th century. After the tour, your group will enjoy lunch on your own followed by a visit to L’Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, you will have the opportunity to view the work from artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo and the ever famous sculpture by Michelangelo, David. During this time in the museum, your group will have the opportunity to enjoy free time to explore the museum and later, the city.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel in Florence.

Day
12

Florence / Padua

Today: Departing Florence, we arrive in Padua and start the day by celebrating mass at the Basilica of St. Anthony. After the mass, we visit his tomb and view his remarkably intact lower jaw and tongue. Gaze at the remarkable 14th-century frescoes by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel.  We walk around Padua’s old town center. Afterward, we visit the Abbey of Santa Giustina which dates to the 10th century.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
13

Padua / Venice

Today: We depart Padua and arrive in Venice. Venice is known as ‘The Queen of the Adriatic’.  There is a total absence of wheeled transport which makes Venice the most charming and poetic city in the world. Our visit begins at the Basilica of St. Mark, adorned with golden mosaics and religious icon. It was built to honor the body of St. Mark brought from Alexandria in Egypt. After Mass, we visit the Piazza di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale (the palace of the Doge, the political leader of the Republic of Venice). The balance of our day is free to explore this striking city canals. Enjoy visiting the shops, cafes, and the opportunity to take a gondola ride.

Evening: Dinner and overnight will be at your hotel.

Day
14

Venice to USA

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