Catholic Treasures of Italy

An 11-Day Pilgrimage to Italy
October 20-30, 2014

Monday, October 20: USA – Rome

Transatlantic flight to Rome, Italy.

 

Tuesday, October 21: Rome – Pompeii – Sorrento

Upon arrival into Rome, board your private motor-coach and travel to Pompeii for a guided tour of the Roman city, both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Afterwards, visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, the world’s greatest Rosary shrine, which was founded and built by a former devil worshiper, Blessed Bartolo Longo. Then, travel to Sorrento for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (WD)

 

 

Wednesday, October 22: Sorrento: Excursion to Capri

Today’s excursion takes you to the mountainous Isle of Capri, 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. It has two individual communities, Capri and Anacapri, and both are positioned high in the hills. Delight in a walking tour of Anacapri’s old downtown; afterwards, enjoy free time in this beautiful resort. Return to Sorrento for free time before dinner at the hotel. (BB, D)

 


Thursday, October 23: Sorrento – Amalfi – Salerno – San Giovanni Rotondo

Today drive along the famous Amalfi Coast. Stop at the magnificent town of Amalfi, the coast’s largest town and a tremendously popular resort. Visit its chief glory, a lovely 10th century duomo, where the remains of St. Andrew the Apostle are enshrined. Afterwards, have free time for lunch and to stroll along this spectacular village. Then, travel to Salerno to venerate the relics of the Apostle St. Matthew and of Pope St. Gregory VII in the cathedral. Continue to San Giovanni Rotondo for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Friday, October 24: San Giovanni Rotondo: Monte Sant’Angelo Excursion

Morning visit to the sites related to St. Padre Pio: his room, his confessional, his museum, his place of rest, etc. Then, travel to one of the most celebrated shrines in Christendom, the Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel located in Monte Sant’Angelo. Visit the grotto and shrine consecrated by St. Michael himself. Return to San Giovani Rotondo for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Saturday, October 25: San Giovanni Rotondo – Lanciano – Loreto – Assisi

After breakfast, travel to Lanciano, a small medieval town, nestled in from the coast of the Adriatic Sea. In the 8th century AD, in the little church of St. Legontian, a Basilian monk was doubting the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. During Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the Host was changed into live flesh, and the wine was changed into live blood. The Host-Flesh can still be seen today. Pray before this Miracle of the Heart of Jesus. Continue to Loreto to admire the Holy House of Our Lady. According to tradition, it was miraculously transported from Nazareth by angels. Here the most Blessed Virgin was saluted by the Angel, and here the eternal Word of God was made Flesh. It was the house of the Holy Family in Nazareth and has been for centuries the scene of numerous miraculous cures. Arrive into Assisi for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Sunday, October 26: Assisi – Rome

This morning, your guided sightseeing in Assisi includes St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, which encloses the Porziuncola Chapel, where St. Francis spent most of his life; the rose bush; and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Visit the Church of St. Clare to venerate the saint’s relics. Then, see the imposing 13th century Basilica of St. Francis, where he is buried and where one also finds many of the saint’s possessions and a series of frescos depicting his life. Continue to Rome for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Monday, October 27: Rome

Begin the day with a visit to the Catacombs, where early Christians hid and secretly celebrated Mass, followed by the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to render homage to the great Apostle. Continue with a panoramic sightseeing of Ancient Rome by bus, which will include the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. Afterwards, continue to St. Mary Major, which 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. Next, visit San Pietro in Vincoli, which houses the chains that bound St. Peter in the prison and Michelangelo’s Moses. Continue to the Basilica of San Clemente, named after St. Peter’s third successor (88-97), housing relics of the True Cross, St. Cyril, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Clement. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (BB, D)


Tuesday, October 28:
Rome

Today visit the Vatican Museums, including the world-famous Sistine Chapel. Then, in the magnificent Basilica of St. Peter, touch the beloved statue of St. Peter, admire Michelangelo’s Pieta. Beneath the basilica, see the tombs of St. Peter and many other buried popes. Continue to the mother of all churches, St. John Lateran. Nearby is the largest relic in the Christian world, the Scala Santa. These Holy Steps are the staircase from the Praetorian Palace, where drops of Our Lord’s blood fell after He was flagellated. Finally, visit the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, founded by Emperor Constantine in 320 to house the relics of Christ’s Passion, brought back from the Holy Land by his mother, St. Helen. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (BB, D)

 

Wednesday, October 29: Rome

This morning at the Vatican, attend the weekly Papal Audience. Afterwards, embark on a walking guided tour of downtown Rome. Begin with a visit to the popular Piazza Navona, site of the martyrdom of St. Agnes, whose church commemorating her is on the Plaza. Then, visit the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from ancient Rome, thanks to its transformation into a church in 609. Continue for a visit to the beautiful Gothic church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva with an immense amount of art treasures, and the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Italy, is beneath the main altar. Also nearby visit the Church of Il Gesu, housing relics of St. Ignatius of Loyola and of St. Francis Xavier. Then admire Rome’s largest and most famous fountain, the Trevi, and the picturesque Spanish Steps. Following this visit, return to your hotel to celebrate the success of such a beautiful pilgrimage with a farewell dinner. (BB, FD)

 

Thursday, October 30: Return to the USA

After an early breakfast, transfer to Rome’s airport for your return flight. (BB)

 

 

(BB) Buffet breakfast; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome dinner; (FD) Farewell dinner

 

 

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

 

 

For more information, please contact Lody Cura, Group Coordinator, at (650) 773-6105 or lodycura1120@yahoo.com, or contact Catholic Heritage Tours.

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