Italy: St. Padre Pio & the Jubilee Year of Mercy

A 12-Day Fully-Escorted Pilgrimage to Italy
With: Fr. Art Wehr
September 12-23, 2016

Trip Itinerary:*

 

Day 1. Monday, September 12: USA – Rome

Depart today on a transatlantic flight to Rome, Italy.

 

Day 2. Tuesday, September 13: Rome

Welcome to Rome! Today’s highlights will encompass Ancient Rome. Visit the Catacombs, the burial place of early Christians including many saints. At St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, see the Apostle’s tomb and his prison chains. Then, visit the Coliseum, Rome’s historical symbol and greatest amphitheater which staged the martyrdom of many early Christians. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travelers at your hotel in Rome. (WD)

 

Day 3. Wednesday, September 14: Rome

Morning visit to the Vatican Museums to see the world-famous collection of art and sculptures from centuries of Church history, including the Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, walk through the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica to gain the indulgence of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, followed by a guided visit to the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, constructed on the site of St. Peter’s tomb. Touch the beloved statue of St. Peter and admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. Continue to downtown Rome for Mass at the Collegio Internazionale del Gesu, the Jesuit House in Rome. After some leisure time, transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 4. Thursday, September 15: Rome – Montecassino – Pietrelcina – San Giovanni Rotondo

Leave Rome early towards Montecassino. This prestigious abbey is the mother church of the Benedictine order and a center of medieval art. St. Benedict founded it in 529 when he wrote his famous Rule. Although destroyed in WWII, it has since been rebuilt. Pray at the tomb that contains the relics of St. Benedict and his sister, St. Scholastica. Continue to visit Pietrelcina, the birthplace of St. Padre Pio. In the afternoon, arrive in San Giovanni Rotondo, made famous by its holy resident, St. Padre Pio. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo. (BB, D)

 

Day 5. Friday, September 16: San Giovanni Rotondo: Excursion to Monte Sant’Angelo

This morning, pray before the incorrupt body of St. Padre Pio. Visit the old church and pray before the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918. See the confessional where St. Padre Pio spent hours with multitudes of pilgrims. Afterwards, take a short drive to Monte Sant’Angelo to visit the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. A most celebrated shrine of early Christianity, it was consecrated by St. Michael himself. A panoramic view of the ocean and the surrounding countryside awaits you. Return to San Giovanni Rotondo for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 6. Saturday, September 17: San Giovanni – Lanciano – Loreto – Assisi

Depart this morning towards Lanciano, a small, medieval town nestled in from the coast of the Adriatic Sea. In the 8th century, in the little church of St. Legontian, a Basilian monk was having doubts about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. During Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the Host was extraordinarily changed into live flesh, and the wine changed into live blood. Continue to Loreto to marvel at the beautiful House of Our Lady. A choir of angels miraculously transported the sacred adobe structure to Loreto in the 13th century. Continue to the medieval town of Assisi for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 7. Sunday, September 18: Assisi – Siena – Florence

In Assisi, see St. Mary of the Angels Basilica housing the Porziuncola Chapel, where St. Francis spent most of his life; the rose bush in which the saint rolled in order to overcome his temptation to abandon his way of life; and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Then, visit the Basilica of St. Clare to venerate her relics. She was the foundress of the Order of Poor Clares and followed the teachings of St. Francis by living in poverty and humility. Continue to the imposing 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis, where the great saint is buried. It also houses many of the saint’s possessions and a series of frescos depicting his life. Afterwards, travel to the spectacular city of Siena for a short sight-seeing including a walking tour with a visit to St. Catherine’s House. Continue to Florence for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 8. Monday, September 19:  Florence

Today, visit the Convent of San Marco which was founded in the 13th century and contains the great works of Fra Angelico. Cells and cloisters show the simplicity of the life of the Dominican monks. Also visit the famous Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Europe’s fourth largest church and the city’s most famous symbol. Admire its marble pavement and Brunelleschi’s large red dome. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Later this evening, your private motor-coach will take you to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 9. Tuesday, September 20:  Florence – Padua

This morning, head north to Padua. Once there, visit the Abbey of St. Justina, a 4th-century martyr, where, in addition to her relics are those of the Evangelist St. Luke and the Apostle St. Matthias. Then, render homage to St. Anthony of Padua, the “Wonder Worker,” at his Basilica. Dinner and overnight in Padua. (BB, D)

 

Day 10. Wednesday, September 21: Padua – Excursion to Venice

Depart early for an excursion to Venice with visits to the Basilica of St. Mark, its Pala D’Oro and its Treasury. Enjoy free time to experience a gondola ride and other sites in The Floating City on your own. Upon your return to the main Venice station, walk to S. Geremia Church to render homage to St. Lucy, patron of the eyes, and to S. Rocco Church to pray at the tomb of St. Roch who is venerated for his intercession during the plagues. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 11. Thursday, September 22: Padua – Milan

Upon reaching Milan, visit the Church of St. Ambrose to pray before the relics of this great bishop of Milan. Today’s final visit is to Milan’s Duomo, the giant Gothic cathedral, to pray before St. Charles Borromeo’s relics. He was the cardinal archbishop of Milan for 20 years and was one of the great reformers responsible for counter-attacking the Protestant Revolution. Enjoy some free time before an evening farewell dinner. Overnight in Milan. (BB, FD)

 

Day 12. Friday, September 23: Milan – USA

Transfer to Milan’s airport for you return flight to the USA. (BB)

 

 

Buffet Breakfast (BB); Dinner (D); Welcome Dinner (WD); Farewell Dinner (FD)

 

 

 

* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

 

 

For more trip information or to register, please contact Catholic Heritage Tours or one of the Group Coordinators:

Angelita Fan :
Email: khf801@gmail.com
Cell: 916-730-0818

Emily Esguerra:
Email: emily@amroses.com
Cell: 916-484-1900

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