NP 203 - 11 Pilgrimage to Shrines of Italy (MILAN - ROME)

Where the Art meets the sacred

There’s no place like Venice, the city on the water with the romantic gondola rides. the beautiful Venetian glass and the final resting place of St. Mark the Evangelist. Milan and Florence are full of culture and art. Don’t miss Michelangelo’s David…an absolute masterpiece! The opportunity is provided to pray at the tombs of St. Francis, St. Clare in Assisi, and the incorrupt body of St. Pio.  The finale is the Eternal City of Rome filled all the Catholic treasures in art and sculpture.

On our pilgrimage to Italy, we offer a complete itinerary that includes round-trip airfare, accommodation in first-class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, all transportation, an audience with the Holy Father at St. Peter’s Basilica, daily Mass, and all under excellent organizing, leadership and teaching from Nativity pilgrimage expert staff and Guides.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
  • Round Trip Airfare.
  • All airport taxes and Fuel SURCHARGES.
  • First class Hotels.
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily.
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary.
  • Daily Masses. (If requested)
  • Professional local guides
  • Prices Based on Double Occupancy.
  • Tour Brochures: Special promotional brochures featuring the Pilgrimage printed for distribution by you.
  • Travel Protection Plan for Everybody on Pilgrimage is provided for FREE.
YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • Trip cancellation protection plan is not included and is strongly recommended.
  • Nativity Pilgrimage offers a comprehensive policy at additional cost.
  • Passport & visa costs, if any.
  • S. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months subsequent to return date.
  • Gratuities to the tour manager, guides and driver.
  • Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, etc.).
  • Meals not specified in the program.
  • Items not specifically mentioned above.
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRIP
  • Capital: Rome
  • Language: Italian
  • Population: 60.6 million
  • Time Zone: EST plus 6 hours
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity: 220V. 50Hz
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MILAN – VERONA – PADOVA – VENICE – PISA – FLORENCE – ASSISI – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – CAVE OF ST. MICHAEL – ROME – VATICAN CITY

ITINERARY
Day
1

DEPART USA / MILAN

Today: Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your overnight flight to Milan. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day
2

ARRIVE MILAN

Today: We proceed to visit the Duomo, “the most magnificent Gothic building in Northern Italy”. Tour the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio and the visit the Tomb of St. Ambrose. We will travel to the Church Santa Maria delle Grazie and attend/celebrate Mass. Stop at Castel Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair. Nearby is the famous La Scala Opera House with its ornate stage that glistens under crystal chandeliers. The rest of the day is free to visit the stores and browse the Forza boutiques. Stroll through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade with its luxury outlets to shop and also admire the chic goods on display.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
3

MILAN / VERONA / PADOVA

Today: Depart Milan for Verona. Celebrated by Shakespeare, who made it famous as the romantic setting for the moving tale of Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a splendid, ancient corner of the Veneto region, nestling between the river Adige and Lake Garda. Visit the Minor Basilica of San Zeno, Verona Cathedral. Continue to Padova, where we visit the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua and celebrate Mass.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
4

PADOVA / VENICE

Today: Venice is known as ‘The Queen of the Adriatic’. There is a total absence of wheeled transport which makes Venice the most charming and poetic city in the world. Our visit begins at the Basilica of St. Mark, adorned with golden mosaics and religious icon. It was built to honor the body of St. Mark brought from Alexandria in Egypt. After Mass, we see the Piazza di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale (the palace of the Doge, the political leader of the Republic of Venice). The balance of our day is free to explore this exotic city. Optional, take a ride on a gondola.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
5

VENICE / PISA / FLORENCE

Today: We depart Venice to Pisa to visit the monuments of Pizza dei Miracoli > Duomo, Baptistery and Leaning tower. In the late afternoon, our motor coach proceeds to Florence, the “Jewel of the Renaissance.”

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
6

FLORENCE / ASSISI  

Today: We visit the Duomo–Santa Maria, the Baptistery of San Giovanni at the Academia where we marvel at Michelangelo’s David. We celebrate Mass at a frescoed chapel in the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. We drive to Assisi for overnight.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
7

ASSISI / SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO

Today: We have our guide tour of Assisi, home to St. Francis of Assisi. We visit Basilica housing the Saint’s tomb, and afterwards enjoy a guided tour of the Basilica and the town. After Mass, there is free time to explore and shop before leaving for San Giovanni Rotondo.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
8

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO / CAVE OF ST. MICHAEL / ROME

Today: We celebrate Mass at the tomb of St. Padre Pio and take a tour of the sanctuary. We see the old church and the crucifix before which he received the stigmata in 1918. We see the confessional where Padre Pio directed people on their path. We stand and pray before St. Padre Pio’s incorrupt body. We have a stunning view of the Gargano Peninsula as we travel to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Saints, popes, and people from all over have come to this grotto looking for the protection and intercession of St. Michael. We then travel to Rome.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
9

ROME

Today: We begin our day by traveling to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Mother. It contains a relic from the manger. From here, we visit the Scala Sancta, the stairs Christ climbed to stand before Pontius Pilate. Those who wish may climb the stairs, as is the custom, on their knees. Nearby we visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran which was once the residents for popes. It is here that St. Francis persuaded Pope Innocent III to give permission to begin the Franciscan Order. We visit the Church of St. Paul Outside the Walls where the body of St. Paul is buried. It is the second largest Basilica in Rome and one of the five largest in the world. Break for lunch. In the afternoon, we drive along the Ancient Appian way to see the Church of Domine Quo Vadis, which is located the spot where tradition says Saint Peter had a vision of the risen Christ while fleeing persecution in Rome. He convinced Peter to turn around and face crucifixion himself in Rome. Christ gave him the courage to follow him to martyrdom, as foretold in the Gospels. Finally, we visit the Catacombs of St. Callixtus which are among the greatest and most important of Rome.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
10

ROME: VATICAN CITY

Today: In the morning, we begin by attending a papal audience with Pope Francis. After the audience, we visit the Vatican-Museums to see centuries of beautiful artwork and artifacts. See the artwork of Michelangelo such as the Pieta and then visit the Sistine Chapel. We will explore St. Peter’s Basilica in its entire splendor. It is built over St. Peter’s tomb. Visit the Tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Sebastian’s Chapel. Continue to tour the Coliseum.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
11

RETURN HOME  

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.