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Spiritual Highlights of Italy

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Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Religious touring

Travel through Italy experiencing some of the most historical and spiritual highlights this beautiful country has to offer. You'll have the chance to attend an audience with the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing, visit the key sights of St Francis of Assisi and attend Mass in some of the most sacred settings in Europe.

At a glance

  • Rome Attend the Papal audience this morning (subject to availability) for your chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Visit the birthplace of St Paul the Apostle, the Scala Sancta and St Mary Major Basilica to attend Mass. On Day Two, your local guide will show you the key city sights, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Piazza del Campidoglio. Optional excursion to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums.
  • Monte Sant’Angelo Attend Mass at Santa Maria Delle Grazie, then visit the Friary of Padre Pio, including his tomb, cell, confessional and church. Then visit the nearby Shrine of Monte Sant’Angelo.
  • Lanciano Take part in Mass at the St Francis Church, home of the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle.
  • Assisi Visit St Francis Basilica and attend morning Mass, then follow your local guide for an inspiring tour around the basilicas in this area, learning more about the Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Overview

Travel through Italy experiencing some of the most historical and spiritual highlights this beautiful country has to offer. You'll have the chance to attend an audience with the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing, visit the key sights of St Francis of Assisi and attend Mass in some of the most sacred settings in Europe.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

Fly to Rome where you will transfer to your hotel.

This evening, meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Rome

Day
2

This morning, attend the Papal audience (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, visit St. Paul outside the walls, burial place of St. Paul the Apostle and one of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas, along with St. John Lateran Basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century. Next, visit the Papal sanctuary of the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs), transported from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, Emperor Constantine’s mother. These 28 marble steps are traditionally ascended in a kneeling position with a prayer recital dedicated to Jesus Christ. Then, visit the impressive ST. Mary Major Basilica and attend Mass.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome

Day
3

The “Eternal City” is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and of course the Holy See! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts in Vatican City with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. Other highlights are the iconic Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built; the Roman Forum; Piazza Venezia, and Campidoglio. An optional visit is available to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - Monte Cassino - Pietrelcina - San Giovanni Rotondo

Day
4

Head deeper south today, stopping first in Monte Cassino to see the monastery and visit the abbey perched high above the valley. The monastery was the motherhouse of the Benedictines, founded in 529 AD and destroyed four times over the centuries. The last time it was laid to ruin was in 1944 during the great Battle of Monte Cassino. Then, stop in quaint Pietrelcina, birthplace of the beloved St. Pio, before heading towards San Giovanni Rotondo on the eastern coast, the Saint’s home from 1916 until his death in 1968.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant'Angelo - San Giovanni Rotondo

Day
5

Excursion to Monte Sant’Angelo. Attend Mass this morning at Santa Maria Delle Grazie (Old Church), then visit the Friary of Padre Pio, including his tomb, cell, confessional, and the Padre Pio Pilgrimage church (New Church). Afterwards, take a short drive to the nearby Shrine of Monte Sant’Angelo, one of Christendom’s most celebrated shrines and where St. Michael the Archangel appeared in 490, 492, and 1656.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Giovanni Rotondo - Lanciano - Loreto - Assisi area

Day
6

Visit St. Francis church in Lanciano, home of the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle, and attend morning Mass. Continue to the Loreto Sanctuary, including the Holy House, where, according to tradition, angels transported the home of the blessed Virgin Mary. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Assisi area

Day
7

Today, learn more about St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment. Attend early morning Mass at St. Francis Basilica, famous for its 14th-century Giotto paintings depicting the life of St. Francis, then meet your Local Guide and visit the upper and lower Basilicas of St. Francis and the Basilica of St. Clare, founder of the Order of Poor Clares. Next, visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated at the foot of Assisi’s hills and protecting the Porziuncola, where St. Francis is said to have founded the Order of Friars Minor in 1209, and the Cappella del Transito, where the Saint died in 1226.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Assisi area - Cascia - Rome

Day
8

Travel to Cascia this morning, situated in Umbria and home of St. Rita, the “Patron Saint of Impossible Causes.” Visit the Sanctuary and see the Major Basilica, the chapel that houses the tomb of St. Rita. Also, see the Minor Basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle that is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Return to Rome for a final overnight and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rome - UK

Day
9

Your tour ends after breakfast today.

Transfer to the airport this morning for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Mass visits and the Papal Audience are subject to availability.

 

 

 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


Rome: Hotel Oly

San Giovanni Rotondo: Parco Delle Rose

Assisi: Casa Leonori 

Rome: Pineta Palace 

 

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