Day 1. Monday, July 25: Transatlantic flight to Rome
Begin your journey with a transatlantic flight to Rome, Italy.
Day 2. Tuesday, July 26: Rome
Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival, board your private motor-coach and enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of the Eternal City while transferring to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner to mingle with fellow travelers. (WD)
Day 3. Wednesday, July 27: Rome
Make your way this morning to the historical Vatican Square to listen to the words of the Holy Father and receive his blessing during the Papal Audience. Afterwards, transfer to Rome’s downtown to begin your leisure time and experience the major sites and local Italian cuisine. Your tour escort will provide tips to help you choose which sites to visit on your own: the Pantheon, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and more. Tonight dinner is on your own. (BB)
Day 4. Thursday, July 28: Rome
After breakfast, your sightseeing begins with the renowned Vatican Museums which are famous for their centuries-old collection of art and sculptures, including the Raphael Rooms. Enter into the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel featuring world-famous frescoes, including Michelangelo’s Last Judgment. Then, visit 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 and walk through the Holy Door to gain the indulgence of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)
Day 5. Friday, July 29: Rome
Your morning experiences today will consist of a visit to the Catacombs, where early Christians used to hide and celebrate Mass, followed by a choir performance during Mass at the magnificent Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Afterwards, visit the Coliseum, Rome’s greatest amphitheater which staged the martyrdom of many early Christians. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)
Day 6. Saturday, July 30: Rome – Florence
Travel north to admire some of the best-loved scenery in Italy: Tuscany. At the heart of central Tuscany lies Florence, a vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance. Upon arrival, visit the Piazzale Michelangelo for beautiful views of the city. Nearby, enter one of the finest Romanesque churches in Italy – the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte. It houses in its crypt the relics of San Miniato (St. Minas), a 3rd-century martyr, who after being beheaded, carried his own head to this spot and a chapel was first erected. Enjoy the evening at leisure in this lovely artistic city. (BB)
Day 7. Sunday, July 31: Florence
In the Convent and Museum di San Marco, pray before the relics of St. Antonino, patron saint of Florence. St. Antonino was the convent’s first prior and later became Archbishop of Florence. While there, one can also admire a series of devotional frescoes on cloisters and cells by Fra Angelico. Continue to the red-domed and richly decorated Duomo and Baptistry in Santa Maria del Fiore - the fourth largest church in Europe and the famous symbol of Florence. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (BB)
Day 8. Monday, August 1: Florence – Assisi
This morning, travel to Assisi. Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica that houses the Porziuncola Chapel, where St. Francis spent most of his life; the rose bush in which the saint rolled in order to overcome temptation; and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Then, visit the Basilica of St. Clare to venerate the saint’s 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 for Mass and choir performance. Celebrate afterwards with a group dinner in this sister town of Corpus Christi Church. (BB, D)
Day 9. Tuesday, August 2: Assisi – Rome
Spend the morning at leisure in Assisi to explore this beautiful medieval town with its geranium-hung streets, lovely views, and fountain-splashed piazzas. In the afternoon, return to Rome for a farewell dinner to celebrate the success of this wonderful journey. (BB, FD)
Day 10. Wednesday, August 3: Transatlantic flight home
This morning, transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB)
(BB) Buffet breakfast; (WD) Welcome dinner; (D) Dinner (FD) Farewell dinner
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
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