Italy: the Holy Shroud of Turin & Luisa Piccarreta

A 12-Day Pilgrimage to Italy, visiting the Holy Shroud of Turin & Luisa Piccarreta
With: Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, STD, Ph.D.
April 20 - May 1, 2015

Monday, April 20: USA – Rome

Transatlantic flight to Rome, Italy.


Tuesday, April 21: Rome

Upon arrival into the Eternal City, enjoy a panoramic view of the Coliseum and the Roman Forum from the motor-coach. Then, visit the Catacombs, an underground burial place where the early Christians used to celebrate Mass. Finally, visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, originally founded by Emperor Constantine to house the Apostle’s remains. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel for a welcome drink and dinner with fellow travelers. (WD)


Wednesday, April 22: Rome

This morning, attend the Papal Audience. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Cataldo’s Restaurant followed by a walking tour of Rome’s downtown. Start in Piazza di Spagna the most famous square in the Eternal City, then visit the largest and most famous fountain – the Trevi. Continue to the Church of St. Maria Sopra Minerva, a magnificent Gothic church that houses the remains of St. Catherine of Siena. Next, visit the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from ancient Rome, thanks to its transformation into a church in 609. Continue to Piazza Navona, with spectacular fountains and the Church of St. Agnes, built on the site of her martyrdom. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (BB, L, D)


Thursday, April 23: Rome

Begin the day with a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, tour to the magnificent Basilica of St. Peter, the world’s largest church, and the center of Christianity. This was the site where St. Peter, the chief apostle, was buried in 64 AD. Then, enjoy lunch at Cataldo’s Restaurant. Your afternoon sightseeing includes the Basilica of 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.” The basilica was built on the site where a miraculous snowfall occurred in August of 356. Next, visit San Pietro in Vincoli to pray before the chains that bound St. Peter in the prisons of Jerusalem. See Michelangelo’s Moses which dates from 1515, the most notable piece of artwork in this basilica. Following this visit, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)


Friday, April 24: Rome – Pompeii

Depart Rome towards Pompeii for a guided tour of the Roman city, both destroyed and preserved by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Afterwards, visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Pompeii, the greatest Rosary shrine in the world that was founded and built by a former devil worshiper, Bl. Bartolo Longo. Dinner and overnight in Pompeii. (BB, D)


Saturday, April 25: Pompeii – Corato – San Giovanni Rotondo

This morning travel to Corato, the hometown of the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta (1865-1947), a mystic to whom Jesus and Mary appeared and gave many sublime messages on the Church’s glorious future. Visit Luisa’s home, her tomb in the local church, and pay homage to her relics that are known to work miracles. Continue to San Giovanni Rotondo for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Sunday, April 26: San Giovanni Rotondo – Lanciano – Loreto

This morning in San Giovanni Rotondo, venerate St. Padre Pio’s remains. Visit the old church and pray before the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918. Visit other relics of the saint including the confessional where St. Padre Pio spent hours with multitudes of pilgrims. Afterwards, journey to the medieval town of Lanciano. In the 8th century AD, 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 changed into live flesh, and the wine was changed into live blood. The Host-Flesh can still be seen today. Continue to Loreto for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Monday, April 27: Loreto – Assisi

Today in Loreto, visit the Holy House of Our Lady. According to tradition, the Holy House was miraculously transported by angels from Nazareth. It is here that the most Holy Mary, Mother of God, was born; here she 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. Afterwards, travel to Assisi. Here enjoy a guided tour of Assisi with its geranium-hung streets, lovely views, and fountain-splashed piazzas. Visit the Church of St. Mary of the Angels, containing the famous Porziuncola, his favorite place where he spent most of his life. Continue to the Church of St. Clare, which houses her remains. One of its chapels contains the crucifix that bowed its head and ordered St. Francis to “repair God’s Church.” Then visit the Basilica of St. Francis that enshrines his remains and those of the ones closest to him. Dinner and overnight in Assisi. (BB, D)


Tuesday, April 28: Assisi – Bologna

Journey to Bologna to pray before the incorrupt body of St. Catherine of Bologna, seated in an upright position since 1475. Next, visit the Church of San Domenico and pray before the tomb of St. Dominic of Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers. Then, visit the Shrine of Our Lady of St. Luke, the heavenly guardian of the people of Bologna. Her image was painted by St. Luke and brought from Constantinople in the 13th century. Continue to Piacenza for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Wednesday, April 29: Piacenza – Turin

Today travel to Turin and visit the Duomo, which houses the most venerated relic: the Holy Shroud. Depending on the time allotted to visit the Holy Shroud, there may be time to visit some of the following sites in Turin today or tomorrow: St. Mary Help of Christians Basilica, the resting place of St. John Bosco, St. Dominic Savio, and St. Maria Mazzarello; the Santuario della Consolata, to pray before the miraculous image of Our Lady of Consolation. Also pray before the relics of St. Joseph Cafasso, the spiritual director of St. John Bosco; the Basilica of the Body of Christ, in which a Eucharistic Miracle of 1453 took place; and the Little House of Divine Providence of St. Joseph Cottolengo, whose care for the sick and the neglected won him the honorable title of the “Italian Vincent de Paul.” Dinner and overnight in Turin. (BB, D)


Thursday, April 30: Turin – Milan

Transfer to Milan for your guided sightseeing of its breathtaking Duomo, the giant cathedral which houses under its cupola the relics of St. Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan. Then, visit the Basilica of St. Ambrose, the patron saint of Milan, whose tomb rests in the crypt below, and the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where a miraculous image of Our Lady, who protected Milan against frequent plagues, can be venerated. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner to end such a beautiful pilgrimage. (BB, FD)


Friday, May 1: Return to the USA

Transfer to Milan’s international airport for your return flight. (BB)


Buffet Breakfast (BB), Lunch (L), Dinner (D), Welcome Dinner (WD), Farewell Dinner (FD)


* This itinerary is subject to change.


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