Classic Italy: Rome to Venice

13-Day Sample Itinerary

Italian Religious Tour

Visit Rome, Assisi, Florence and more on this religious pilgrimage to Catholic shrines and other sites of great historical importance. Catholic Heritage Tours will take care of the tiny details; your job is to enjoy the experience!

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Transatlantic flight to Rome

Depart today towards Rome, Italy.

Day 2: Rome

Upon your early arrival into Rome, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ancient Rome. There will be visits to the Roman Forum, which was the ceremonial center of the city under the Empire; the Coliseum, the spectacular stadium which witnessed gladiator battles and Christian martyrdom; the Basilica of San Clement, the burial place of the fourth Pope, built over a 4th century church and, below it, a number of ancient Roman buildings; the Catacombs, where early Christians hid and secretly celebrated Mass; and finally the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to render homage to the great Apostle. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with your travel companions. (WD)

Day 3: Rome

This morning at the Vatican, attend the weekly Papal Audience. Afterwards, embark on a walking guided tour of downtown Rome. Begin at popular Piazza Navona; next, visit the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from ancient Rome, and, across the street, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva with an immense amount of art treasures. The tomb of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Italy, is beneath the main altar. Nearby visit the Church of Il Gesu, housing relics of St. Ignatius of Loyola and of St. Francis Xavier. Finally, admire Rome’s largest and most famous fountain, the Trevi, and the Spanish Steps. (BB, D)

Day 4: Rome

Begin the day with a visit to the Vatican Museums. Enter the Sistine Chapel and view Michelangelo’s famous frescoes. Then, in the magnificent Basilica of St. Peter, touch the beloved statue of St. Peter, admire Michelangelo’s Pieta, and render homage to the many buried popes. The rest of the day is at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)

Day 5: Rome

Today visit Rome’s main basilicas. Begin with St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, built directly over the martyr’s tomb, and which also contains the remains of the first martyr, St. Stephen. Then, admire the mother of all churches, St. John Lateran, the Pope’s Cathedral, and the Holy Stairs, which Our Lord ascended during His Passion. Then, visit Holy Cross in Jerusalem, founded by Constantine in 320 to house the relics of Christ’s Passion. 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. (BB, D)

Day 6: Rome – Viterbo – Bolsena – Orvieto – Assisi

Depart Rome early this morning toward Assisi, with a few stops along the way to visit the Monastery of St. Mary of the Roses, where the body of St. Rose of Viterbo, who led a short but exceptional life, has been incorrupt since the 13th century. Then, visit Bolsena, where, in the Church of St. Christina, a Eucharistic Miracle occurred in 1264, when a consecrated host began bleeding onto a corporal. In Orvieto, venerate the Sacred Blood from the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena. Complete the last leg of the trip to Assisi, with some free time to enjoy before dinner and overnight at the hotel. (BB, D)

Day 7: Assisi

A full day in Assisi, the town of St. Francis and St. Clare. Visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, where St. Francis died, and which houses the Porziuncola, where he started the Franciscan Order; the Basilica of St. Francis, housing the remains of the saint and of his faithful brothers; and the Basilica of St. Clare, with the remains of the saint who founded the order of the Poor Clares. Rest of the day is at leisure. (BB, D)

Day 8: Assisi – Siena – San Gimignano – Florence

Depart Assisi toward medieval Siena and see its Piazza del Campo, Italy’s loveliest piazza, occupying the site of the old Roman forum, and St. Catherine’s house, surrounded by chapels and cloisters, including the Church of the Crucifixion, in front of which she received the stigmata. Also visit Siena’s Duomo, one of Italy’s greatest cathedrals and a spectacular mixture of sculpture, painting, and Pisan-influenced Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Finally, the Church of Saint Francis with miraculous consecrated hosts that have stayed preserved since 1730. Continue to San Gimignano, a small medieval city which was a stopping point for pilgrims on the way to Rome. Visit the Collegiata, an 11th-century church where St. Fina, or Seraphina, is buried. The last leg of the trip takes you toFlorence for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

Day 9: Florence

A full, lovely day in Florence. Begin with a visit to St. Mark Museum, where the incorrupt body of St. Antonino, patron of the city, can be venerated, and frescoes by Fra Angelico can be admired. Continue to Santissima Annunziata, to render homage to the servite, St. Juliana Falconieri, and to Galleria dell’Accademia, the Academy of Fine Arts, where, besides countless art treasures, one finds the famous David of Michelangelo. The rest of the day is free to explore Florence. Tonight, dinner is on your own. (BB)

Day 10: Florence – Bologna

Travel the short distance to Bologna, a beautiful city with many interesting sites. Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of St. Luke, to venerate a miraculous image of Our Lady, painted by St. Luke. Then, the Basilica of St. Dominic of Guzman, founder of the Dominicans, whose relics are kept here. The Church of St. Sigismund houses the incorrupt body of the lovely Blessed Imelda Lambertini, who died in ecstasy when she received her First Holy Communion. Then, the convent of the Poor Clares, where the incorrupt body of St. Catherine of Bologna, a poor Clare, is kept. The rest of the afternoon is free, with independent dinner. Downtown Bologna is a lovely place to visit, with its well-preserved buildings and the oldest university in the world. (BB)

Day 11: Bologna – Padua – Venice

On your way to Venice today, stop in Padua, the city where Saint Anthony, patron of travelers and lost items, is buried in the beautiful Basilica. Visit also the Abbey of St. Justina, a martyr from the 4th C. The Church also houses the bodies of St. Prosdocimus, St. Maximus, St. Urius, St. Felicitas, St. Julian, and relics of the Apostle St. Matthias and the Evangelist St. Luke. Finally, visit the Capella degli Scrovegni, whose interior is entirely covered with beautiful frescoes of scenes from the Life of Christ by Giotto. Travel to Venice for Dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

Day 12: Venice

A full day in Venice, the romantic city which offers so much to visit: The Piazza San Marco and its Basilica, where St. Mark the Evangelist’s relics are kept, and the Pala D’Oro, one of the most refined works of Byzantine craftsmanship. Nearby, the Campo San Zaccaria, with the church in which St. Zacchary, the uncle of Our Lord and father of St. John the Baptist, is buried. The Church of St. Geremia, which houses the relics of St. Lucy, virgin and martyr. Santa Maria Dei Miracoli enshrines a miraculous and much-revered image of Our Lady. Finally, the Scuola di San Giovanni Evangelista, which has, among other treasures, a reliquary containing a piece of the True Cross. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate a wonderful pilgrimage. (BB, FD)

Day 13: Flight back to the US

This morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to the US. (BB)

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


Your return home will undoubtedly come too soon. The energy of this religious tour and the memories you make will stay with you a long time. Contact Catholic Heritage Tours today at (800) 290-3876 or online to find out how you can make this tour a reality. 


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