Year of Mercy: Catholic Shrines of Italy

A 12-Day Pilgrimage to Italy during the Holy Year of Mercy
With: Fr. Richard Tuttle
October 3-14, 2016

Fr. Richard TuttleFr. Richard Tuttle 

Celebrating 40 years of Ordination this year, Fr. Tuttle has been involved in pilgrimage ministry for more than 25 years.  He is a priest of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, is retired and now lives in the Diocese of Orlando, FL.

     Father has a wide range of ministry experience as a pastor, chaplain, teacher and professor in high school through university graduate and post graduate levels.  Father was an adjunct professor at Franciscan University for 18 years.  He has also held several positions in the Diocese of Steubenville, including ministry formation and worship.

     Father invites you to join him on this beautiful pilgrimage to holy historical sites in Italy as he travels through the Holy Doors to celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy!



Trip Itinerary: *


Day 1. Monday, October 3: USA – Rome

Depart today towards Rome, Italy.


Day 2. Tuesday, October 4: Rome

Welcome to the Eternal City! Today’s highlights will encompass Ancient Rome. Visit the Catacombs, the burial place of early Christians including many saints from the time of the early Church.  At St. Paul Outside the Walls, see the Apostle’s tomb and his prison chains. Then, visit the Coliseum, Rome’s historical symbol and greatest amphitheater which staged deadly combats for many years. Continue to your hotel for a welcome dinner with fellow travelers. (WD)


Day 3. Wednesday, October 5: Rome

Take your places early in St. Peter’s Square to attend the weekly Papal Audience. Afterwards, visit St. Mary Major Basilica and see the manger from Bethlehem and a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Salvation of the Roman people. Then, visit St. John Lateran Basilica, mother of all churches and the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, and the Scala Santa, the Holy Stairs that Our Lord ascended during His Passion in Pontius Pilate’s palace. Finally, if time allows, visit the Basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, built over Jerusalem soil. It contains an extraordinary collection of relics associated with Our Lord’s Passion. Dinner and overnight in Rome.  (BB, D)


Day 4. Thursday, October 6: Rome

Today is filled with awe-inspiring visits. At the Vatican Museums, see the famous collection of art and sculptures from centuries of Church history, including the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms. Exit the museum and walk through the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica to gain the indulgence of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. After guided sightseeing of St. Peter’s, the world’s largest Catholic church, transfer to Rome’s downtown for the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Rome. (BB)


Day 5. Friday, October 7: Rome – Assisi

Early this morning, travel to the beautiful town of Assisi. En route, visit a regional winery to experience lunch and wine tasting in the Italian countryside. In Assisi, visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica that houses the Porziuncola Chapel where St. Francis of Assisi spent most of his life and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Then, visit the Church of St. Clare who followed the teachings of St. Francis by living in poverty and humility and thus founded the Order of Poor Clares. Continue to the imposing 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis where the great saint is buried. Dinner and overnight in Assisi. (BB, L, D)


Day 6. Saturday, October 8: Assisi – Siena – Florence

Early in the morning travel south to the medieval city of Siena. Visit the Casa di Santa Caterina, surrounded by chapels and cloisters. Among them is the Church of the Crucifixion, in front of which St. Catherine received the stigmata. Continue to Siena’s Duomo, one of Italy’s greatest cathedrals, a spectacular mixture of sculpture, paintings, and Pisan-influenced Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Next, visit the Piazza del Campo, which occupies the site of the old Roman forum. Cafés, restaurants, and fine medieval palazzi now line the Campo’s fringes. In the afternoon, travel to Florence to visit the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy, which houses in its crypt the relics of St. Minas, a 3rd-century martyr, who after being beheaded, carried his own head to this spot. Continue to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 7. Sunday, October 9: Florence: Excursion to Pisa
Today, enjoy an excursion to Pisa to admire the 180-foot-high Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, its Baptistry and the Camposanto “Holy Field”. The cathedral is one of the finest of the Romanesque period and has a strongly marked individuality. Visit the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo that houses a wonderful collection of medieval art. Return to Florence for leisure time; tonight dinner is on your own. (BB)


Day 8. Monday, October 10: Florence

This morning in Florence, visit the Convent and Museum of San Marco, where the remains of St. Antonino, patron saint of Florence, reside. St. Antonino was the convent’s first prior and later became Archbishop of Florence. While there, admire a series of devotional frescos on cloisters and cells by Bl. Fra Angelico. Also visit the beautiful Gothic Church of Santa Croce. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)


Day 9. Tuesday, October 11: Florence – Padua
Depart today towards Padua, the oldest city in northern Italy.  Upon arrival, visit the Pontifical Basilica of St. Anthony the Wonder. Then, visit the Cappella degli Scrovegni to admire the glorious artwork of Giotto. Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 10. Wednesday, October 12: Padua: Excursion to Venice

Depart early for an excursion to Venice, “The Floating City.” There, visit the Basilica of St. Mark, one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture, housing the relics of St. Mark. Marvel at the Pala d’Oro and Treasury and admire the rich jewel-spangled altarpiece situated behind the high altar. Enjoy free time to experience a gondola ride or to sample Venetian cuisine before returning to your hotel in Padua for dinner. (BB, D)

Day 11. Thursday, October 13: Padua – Milan

Early today, transfer to Milan. Upon arrival, visit the splendid Duomo, which houses the tomb of St. Charles Borromeo, bishop of Milan. Then, across the street, visit the magnificent Duomo Museum with its impressive collection of art connected with the history of the Duomo. Enjoy free time before a farewell dinner. (BB, FD)


Day 12. Friday, October 14: Homebound flight

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



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



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

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