Jessica Rey is a business owner, fashion designer, actress, wife, and mother of three. She has worked tirelessly to help ladies recognize and appreciate their feminine genius by speaking around the world and publishing her first book: Decent Exposure.
To learn more about Jessica, please visit www.jessicarey.com.
Fr. Pio Maria Hoffmann, CFR, is a member of the Community of the Franciscans of the Renewal (a traditional religious Community which lives a life of prayer, work with the homeless and evangelization) and has served as teacher, Superior, and shelter director. He is an expert in the life of Padre Pio and will offer homilies and talks which will make this pilgrimage unforgettable and spiritually fruitful.
Day 1. Wednesday, June 22: Transatlantic flight to Rome
Board your transatlantic flight to Rome, Italy.
Day 2. Thursday, June 23: Rome – Sorrento
Welcome to the Eternal City! Upon arrival, meet your tour escort and board your private motor-coach for your journey to Sorrento. If time allows, stop at Pompeii, the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, the greatest Rosary shrine in the world that was founded and built by a former devil worshiper, Blessed Bartolo Longo. Continue to Sorrento to enjoy a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)
Day 3. Friday, June 24: Sorrento: Excursion to the Amalfi Coast
Spend the day enjoying the most enchanting and most visited route in Campania, the Amalfi Coast. In the coast’s largest town, Amalfi, visit its chief glory: a lovely 10th-century duomo that houses the relics of the Apostle St. Andrew. Continue to visit the charming, bayside village of Positano, once an important port. Return to your hotel in Sorrento for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 4. Saturday, June 25: Sorrento: Optional excursion to Capri
Morning optional excursion to the mountainous Isle of Capri, located on the edge of the Gulf of Naples. The island is famous for its unparalleled scenery and sea views, the Blue Grotto, and the numerous ruins of Imperial Roman villas built on the island by Emperor Tiberius around 30 AD. Return to Sorrento for leisure time before dinner on your own. (BB)
Day 5. Sunday, June 26: Sorrento – San Giovanni Rotondo
This morning, travel to San Giovanni Rotondo to visit the Shrine of St. Padre Pio and pray before his tomb. Then, see the old church and the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918. Also see the confessional where St. Padre Pio spent hours with a multitude of pilgrims. Continue to visit the Capuchin Monastery where he lived. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo. (BB, D)
Day 6. Monday, June 27: San Giovanni Rotondo – Lanciano – Rome
Today on your way to Rome, stop at Lanciano to visit the church of the awe-inspiring Eucharistic Miracle. This miracle took place around the year 700 when a monk was celebrating Mass and doubted the words of Consecration. The host is still flesh, and the blood is still coagulated into five separate globules. Upon arrival into Rome, enjoy a panoramic view of the Eternal City from your motor-coach while transferring to St. Mary Major. This major basilica houses two of Christianity’s greatest treasures: the manger from Bethlehem in which the Baby Jesus was laid following His birth, and a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Salvation of the Roman people. The basilica was built on the site of a miraculous snowfall occurring in August of 356. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (BB, D)
Day 7. Tuesday, June 28: Rome
This morning visit the Coliseum, Rome’s historical symbol and greatest amphitheater which staged deadly combats and where many early Christians were martyred. Continue for a visit to St. John Lateran, the mother of all churches and the Pope’s basilica from which he makes solemn declarations ex cathedra. Nearby, visit the Scala Santa, the sacred stairs upon which Our Lord walked after His scourging. In some places, stains of the Precious Blood can still be seen. Enjoy a free afternoon in the Eternal City and sample on your own some of Italy’s exquisite cuisine. (BB)
Day 8. Wednesday, June 29: Rome
Take your places early in St. Peter’s Square to attend the weekly Papal Audience. In the afternoon, your guided sightseeing consists of a walking tour of downtown Rome, including the magnificent church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, one of the only Gothic structures in Italy and housing the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Italy. A few steps away is the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from ancient Rome thanks to its transformation into a church in 609. It is said that the day the building was consecrated, 28 wagons of martyrs’ bones were transported here, taken from various city cemeteries. This event is the origin of All Saints’ Day (November 1), instituted by Gregory IV in the 9th century. Continue to marvel at the Trevi Fountain, an extravagant Baroque monument which is Rome’s largest and most famous fountain. Visit the Spanish Steps, in the heart of Piazza Di Spagna, built to link the square with the French church of Trinita dei Monti at the top. The evening is at leisure to enjoy dinner on your own in the heart of Rome. (BB)
Day 9. Thursday, June 30: Rome
After breakfast, visit the Vatican Museums which are famous for the greatest collection of masterpieces in the world, including the Raphael Rooms. The works displayed cover more than 4,000 years of civilization. Admire the vast collection of art, gathered by Popes over the ages. See the Sistine Chapel, glorious masterpiece of Michelangelo’s fresco skills. Visit the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, constructed on the site of the hallowed tomb of the Apostle, resplendent with mosaics, art treasures, and gold. Among the basilica’s most precious relics include a portion of the wood of the True Cross, and part of the lance that pierced Christ’s side. Touch the beloved statue of St. Peter and admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. Render homage to the many buried popes. Walk through the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to gain the indulgence of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before joining your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the hotel. (BB, FD)
Day 10. Friday, July 1: Transatlantic flight to the USA
Transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for your homebound flight. (BB)
Buffet Breakfast (BB), Dinner (D), Welcome Dinner (WD), Farewell Dinner (FD)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
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