Grand Catholic Italy

Day 1 - Arrive in Rome, Italy. Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening's welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 2 - Rome. This morning, enjoy a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber River and visit the COLOSSEUM, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. (B)
Day 3 - Rome. Attend the weekly PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability). This afternoon, visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS and the CATACOMBS. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA and the HOLY STAIRS, which were brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. As a favorite of pilgrims everywhere, officially, these 28 white marble steps may only be ascended on the knees. Then visit the impressive ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA. (B)
Day 4 - Rome - Cascia - Assisi. Enter Umbria and stop in the town of Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the "Saint of the Impossible." Visit the BASILICA, see the tomb, and the incorrupt body of St. Rita, and attend Mass. Also visit the lower basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Continue to the hilltop village of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the "Bride of Christ," and the PORZIUNCOLA, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209. (B,D)
Day 5 - Assisi. Celebrate Mass this morning followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the BASILICAS OF ST. FRANCIS and ST. CLARE, and see the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. A short trip by minibus will take you to the CARCERI HERMITAGE, where St. Francis came to meditate and pray, an oasis of peace and tranquility in the midst of the woods of Mount Subasio. Finally, visit the MONASTERY OF ST. DAMIAN, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare is still intact; she died here in 1253. This afternoon you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent Spello. (B)
Day 6 - Assisi - Siena - Florence. Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. In Siena meet your Local Guide, and learn all about St. Catherine as you visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, connected to numerous episodes of sanctity of Catherine of Siena's life; also visit the SANCTUARY and HOUSE. Then, enjoy a walk through the ancient narrow lanes and visit beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. In the afternoon, a short drive brings you to Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance." (B,D)
Day 7 - Florence. This morning, attend Mass at SANTA MARIA NOVELLA BASILICA. Then, follow your Local Guide on a walking tour through Florence's historical center. Visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo's David, admire the Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze "Gate of Paradise," and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Also visit SANTA CROCE BASILICA with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and others. Tonight is your chance to try out Tuscan specialties. (B)
Day 8 - Florence - Padua. Through the Apennine Mountains, arrive in the flat Po area and in Padua, enjoy a guided visit of the BASILICA OF ST. ANTHONY to see the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles. (B)
Day 9 - Padua. Excursion to Venice. A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter the city in style by PRIVATE BOAT and start sightseeing with your Local Guide. Visit lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS, ST. MARK'S SQUARE and its BASILICA, where you can attend Mass. The afternoon is at leisure and optional excursions are available. Return to Padua and enjoy a farewell dinner with wine. (B,D)
Day 10 - Padua. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Venice). (B)


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  Tour Duration    10 Days
  Start City:   Rome
  End City:   Padua
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  • City Highlights
  • ROME
    Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum; Papal Audience (subject to availability); visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica
    Visit the Basilica and attend Mass
    Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Porziuncola; celebrate Mass; guided walking tour, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Carceri Hermitage, and the Monastery of St. Damian
    Guided walking tour, visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, the Sanctuary of St. Catherine & House, and Piazza del Campo
    Celebrate Mass at Santa Maria Novella Basilica; guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo's David, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Basilica
    Guided visit of St. Anthony's Basilica; farewell dinner
    Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit Doges' Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark's Square & Basilica
    Headsets throughout the tour
  • Launch Date
  • 06/23/15 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Rome, and a farewell dinner in Padua
  • Notes
  • NOTES:
    • This tour involves a lot of walking.
    • Departure June 6 - Feast day of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13) in Padua
  • Title
  • Grand Catholic Italy - Faith-Based Travel
  • Transportation
  • Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
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