Fr. Borkenhagen Family Pilgrimage 2018

An 11-Day Escorted Pilgrimage to Italy
With: Fr. Jason Borkenhagen
June 12-22, 2018

Trip Itinerary:*


Day 1. Tuesday, June 12: USA – Rome

Depart today towards Rome, Italy.


Day 2. Wednesday, June 13: Rome – Salerno

Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival into Rome, transfer via private motor-coach to Salerno, to visit its cathedral dedicated to St. Matthew the Evangelist. The remains of the saint are buried in the crypt. The cathedral also houses the Chapel of the Crusades and the relics of Pope St. Gregory VII. Arrive at your hotel in Salerno for a welcome dinner and overnight. (WD)


Day 3. Thursday, June 14: Salerno: Excursion to Amalfi Coast

Travel today to the most enchanting and most visited route in Campania, the Amalfi Coast. In the town of Amalfi, pray before the relics of St. Andrew the Apostle, which are kept in its cathedral. Continue to Ravello to visit the Cathedral, which houses the blood of St. Pantaleon; and Villa Cibrone, with spectacular views of the Amalfi Coast. On your return to Salerno, stop at Vietri sul Mare for dinner and time on your own. This quaint town is known for its polychrome ceramics, a tradition since at least the 15th century. (BB, D)


Day 4. Friday, June 15: Salerno – Montecassino – Assisi

Leave Salerno early towards Montecassino. This prestigious abbey is the mother church of the Benedictine order and a center of medieval art. St. Benedict founded it in 529 when he wrote his famous Rule. Destroyed in WWII, it has since been rebuilt. Pray at the tomb that contains the remains of St. Benedict and his sister, St. Scholastica. Continue to Assisi for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 5. Saturday, June 16: Assisi

Today, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Assisi. On the slopes of Mt. Subasio, see the Eremo delle Carceri, a small hermitage that St. Francis and his disciples used for prayer and contemplation. Visit Assisi Cathedral, where St. Francis and St. Clare were baptized, and which houses the remains of St. Rufino, the 3rd-century bishop who brought Christianity to Assisi and was martyred here. Continue to the imposing 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis, where the great saint is buried; and the Church of St. Clare to venerate her relics. She was the foundress of the Order of Poor Clares and followed the teachings of St. Francis by living in poverty and humility. Finally, in St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, visit the Porziuncola Chapel, where St. Francis spent most of his life; the rose bush; and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. (BB, D)


Day 6. Sunday, June 17: Assisi – Siena

This morning, transfer to Siena, home of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Italy. Visit the Gothic Church of San Domenico, where the preserved head of the city’s patroness, St. Catherine of Siena, can be seen. The church has the only portrait of the saint considered authentic. Next, visit the Casa di Santa Caterina surrounded by chapels and cloisters. Among them is the Church of the Crucifixion, in front of which she received the stigmata. Visit Siena’s Duomo, one of Italy’s greatest cathedrals, and Piazza del Campo, Italy’s loveliest piazza, which occupies the site of the old Roman forum. Dinner and overnight in Siena. (BB, D)


Day 7. Monday, June 18: Siena – Orvieto – Rome

Depart Siena towards Orvieto, a magnificent city from any angle. Perched on a 984-ft plateau, it looks down from its cliff-edged balcony over a vineyard-dotted plain. There you will admire the Duomo, where a reliquary contains the Eucharistic Miracle in which real blood from a consecrated host fell on the altar cloth in nearby Bolsena. Continue to Rome, to visit the catacombs, where the early Christians were buried, and to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, originally founded by Emperor Constantine to house the Apostle’s remains. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (BB, D)


Day 8. Tuesday, June 19: Rome

This morning in Rome, visit the Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls, erected directly over St. Lawrence’s tomb and also housing the relics of the first martyr, St. Stephen. Afterwards, visit St. John Lateran Basilica, the mother of all churches and the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, and the Scala Santa: the Holy Stairs that Jesus Christ ascended during His Passion in Pontius Pilate’s palace. Continue to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, which houses the manger from Bethlehem and a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Salvation of the Roman people. Finally, visit the Basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, housing relics of Christ’s Passion, brought back from the Holy Land by St. Helen. Tonight dinner is on your own. (BB)


Day 9. Wednesday, June 20: Rome

This morning at the Vatican, attend the weekly Papal Audience.  In the afternoon, enjoy a guided walking tour of downtown Rome. Begin with the famous Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna, the most well-known square in Rome.  Next, admire Rome’s largest and most famous fountain, the Trevi. Nearby visit the Church of St. Ignatius, housing the relics of St. Aloysius of Gonzaga, St. John Berchmans, and St. Robert Bellarmine. Continue to Santa Maria sopra Minerva to pray before the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena. Across the street, visit the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument from ancient Rome, thanks to its transformation into a church in 609.  Dinner is on your own; overnight in Rome. (BB)


Day 10. Thursday, June 21: Rome

Begin your sightseeing this morning with a visit to the superb Vatican Museums, housing the greatest collection of masterpieces in the world. The works displayed cover more than four thousand years of civilization. Admire the vast collection of art, gathered by Popes over the ages. Visit the Sistine Chapel, glorious masterpiece of Michelangelo’s fresco skills. Continue to the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, constructed on the site of the hallowed tomb of the apostle. Among the basilica’s most precious relics are 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. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with fellow pilgrims; overnight in Rome. (BB, FD)


Day 11. Friday, June 22: Homebound flight

Transfer to Rome’s airport for your return flight to the USA. (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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