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Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy

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Pilgrimage to Italy focused on the Holy Name of Jesus

The Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy is an annual 11-day pilgrimage that visits the Shrine of Blessed John of Vercelli as well as Dominican Churches, Shrines, and works of art in Italy.  Open to all who are interested.

Unique Highlights include: 

  • Attending the Feast Day celebrations in Vercelli, in honor of Blessed John of Vercelli, O.P., a Dominican Priest and Friar, Sixth Master General of the Order of Preachers, and Founder of The Society of the Holy Name.
  • Walking the former Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, you will have the opportunity to view Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, “The Last Supper.”
  • Visiting the San Marco Museum with its large collection of paintings by the Dominican known as Fra Angelico.
  • Seeing St. Catherine’s birth home and the Basilica of St. Dominic to admire frescos depicting her life and venerate her relics. 
  • Visiting the Cathedral of Orvieto where the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena is on display.
  • Celebrating Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, the Mother Church of the Dominicans, and visiting the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, the burial place of Fra Angelico, and the body of St. Catherine of Siena.

Coupled with the cuisine, art, and culture that exemplifies “la Dolce Vita,” which is Italy, this truly is a pilgrimage opportunity you won’t want to miss! Reserve your spot today for 2024 or 2025! Alternate dates are available for groups.

 

Tour Details Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy

Departure & Return Location

Your local airport of choice —  Or you can choose land only and make your own flight arrangements.

Departure Time

Arrive for check-in 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Complementaries

  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag

Group Size

  • Average group size of Holy Name pilgrimage is 21
Itinerary for Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy

Day 1 - November 29Depart USA for Milan, Italy

Depart from the USA to Milan, Italy. Dinner and breakfast are served on board the overnight transatlantic flight.

Day 2Arrive in Milan

duomo cathedral milan italy pilgrimageUpon arrival, you will meet the tour escort and transfer to the famous Duomo for Mass and a visit to the magnificent cathedral of Milan. Afterward, you will have time to walk through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, named after the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. This splendid glass-covered arcade filled with luxury brand shops and cafes is the oldest shopping center in the world. Dinner and overnight in Milan.  

Day 3Vercelli

After breakfast today, you will enjoy a drive through the countryside to Vercelli, where you will have Mass and join in the Feast Day celebrations for Blessed John of Vercelli, O.P., a Dominican Priest and Friar, Sixth Master General of the Order of Preachers, and Founder of The Society of the Holy Name. In the afternoon you will enjoy a Pranzo, a lavish lunch with samples of local wine in the Piedmont region of Italy, before returning to Milan. Overnight in Milan.

Day 4Milan – Florence

This morning you will visit the former Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, where you will have the opportunity to view Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece, “The Last Supper” which is painted on the refractory wall. Afterward, you will travel to Florence, known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Dinner and overnight in Florence

Day 5Florence

duomo florence pilgrimage holy namesToday you will enjoy a full-day walking tour of Florence beginning with the magnificent Franciscan church of The Holy Cross or Santa Croce. This church is a burial place for nobles, including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. You will continue walking through Piazza Signoria, passing by Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, and Ponte Vecchio. Continue through Republic Square to Santa Maria del Fiore, a 13th-century cathedral known as the famous Duomo. You will visit the Accademia to see “The David” carved by Michelangelo, and visit the San Marco Museum with its large collection of paintings by the Dominican known as Fra Angelico. Dinner and overnight in Florence.

Day 6Siena - St. Catherine, Basilica of St. Dominic, Piazza del Campo

St. Dominic Basilica Siena ItalyToday you will visit the beautiful town of Siena, the birthplace of Saint Catherine and one of Italy’s loveliest medieval cities. Here you will visit St. Catherine’s birth home, where she was born and where she lived her austere early life as a Dominican tertiary. It has been converted into a sanctuary and consists of a series of chapels and contains numerous relics, including the crucifix through which she received the stigmata. Continue to the Basilica of St. Dominic, to admire the walls frescoed with scenes from the life of St. Catherine, in the chapel of St. Catherine. Here we venerate other relics, including her incorrupt head and thumb in ornate reliquaries, both of which were sent from Rome to Siena just a few years after her death. Enjoy a stroll in the Piazza Del Campo, one of Italy’s finest squares, followed by dinner and overnight in Italy.

 

Day 7Assisi - Orvieto - Rome

basilica of st. francis assisi italy pilgrimage tourAfter breakfast, travel through the Umbrian countryside to the hilltop town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Visit the 13th-century Basilica of St. Frances containing many of his possessions, a series of frescoes depicting his life, and the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis, asking him to rebuild His church. Afterwards, we will visit St Mary of the Angels Basilica where St Francis spent most of his life. Here we visit the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. There will be time for lunch before traveling to Orvieto to visit the Cathedral where the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena, the Miraculous Host and Corporal are on display. Visit the Church of Santa Cristina in Bolsena before continuing to Rome for dinner and overnight.

Day 8Rome - Santa Sabina, St. Peter's Square, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Trevi Fountain

santa sabina rome sign pilgrimageThis morning you will begin with Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, the Mother Church of the Dominicans, and visit the adjacent convent where St. Dominic and many other saints and popes resided over the centuries.  Join pilgrims from around the world in St. Peter’s Square at noon for the Angelus and a Papal Blessing. In the afternoon, visit the Dominican Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, the burial place of Fra Angelico, and the body of St. Catherine of Siena. From here, enjoy a walking tour visiting the Trevi Fountain and the Piazza Navona. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

 

Day 9Rome - St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum, St. Paul Outside the Walls

In 2024 Day 10 will take place on Day 9 and vice versa.        

st. paul outside the walls basilicaBegin the day with an early Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope, and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. Visit the Vatican Museums to see the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s Masterpiece, the Final Judgment. At noon we will gather in St. Peters Square to join the Holy Father, Pope Francis, in Praying the Angelus and receive his Papal Blessing. In the afternoon, travel along the Appian Way to the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, the Dominican church that marks the place where Peter encounters Jesus. See the stone with the imprints “of His holy feet” before continuing to the catacombs of St. Callixtus.  Visit the Basilica of St. Paul, outside the walls, the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle.  Dinner and overnight in Rome. 

Day 10Rome

In 2024 Day 10 will take place on Day 9 and vice versa.        

Saint Mary Major basilica Rome pilgrimageBegin with Mass in the Borghese Chapel at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest and most important shrines in the world dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. From here you will visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome where Pope Francis is the Bishop. Across the street, you will visit and have the opportunity to climb the Holy Stairs which are the very steps on which Jesus stepped leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate on His way to trial. Visit the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, the Basilica of the Holy Cross, which houses the relics of the True Cross. Farewell Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 11Return Home

              Early breakfast and transfer to the Rome airport for your return flight home.

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Dates, Pricing, Booking for Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy
Make a Deposit to reserve your place. Prices start at $3,955 for Land Only. No Credit Card Fees.
2024 Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy Tour Dates
HN-2024-Nov November 29 – December 9, 2024 $4,985 Book Here
$3,955 Land Only
 

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2025 Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy Tour Dates

 
HN-2024-Oct

October 22 – November 1, 2025

with Evelyn Diaz and Fr. TBA

$4,985 Book Here
$3,955 Land Only
HN-2025 November 29 – December 9, 2025

$4,985 Book Here

$3,955 Land Only

Alternate dates are available for groups.  Plan on a Wednesday departure for a papal audience on Wednesday or a Sunday departure for a papal blessing on Sunday.

Single Rooms Available for an additional $1,145

See the airports that we serve.  A few airports have an additional charge.  Contact us if you don’t see your airport. 

Options

Pre-Stay in Milan – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $135 · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $259 · Private Airport Transfer per person $86

Post Stay in Rome – Overnight Hotel & Breakfast

Double Room w/breakfast only per person $229 · Single Room w/breakfast only one person $359 · Private Airport Transfer per person $56

Flight Upgrades to Business Class or Premium Economy 

Upgrades to Business Class or Premium Economy are available – conditions apply!

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Travel Insurance for Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy
If you encounter a flight cancellation, baggage delay, medical emergency or more during your Pilgrimage to Italy, travel insurance is here to help.

Travel Insurance is available for Italy and – recommended!

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FAQ for Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy
Frequently Answered Questions for our Holy Name Pilgrimage to Italy

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Do you have hotel information for this Pilgrimage to Italy? Yes! Click here for Italy hotel accommodations.

Do I need an electrical adapter in Italy?  Yes, you will need an adapter.

Are your guides Catholic?  All of our guides are Roman Catholic!  Absolutely!  We are the only pilgrimage tour agency with a Roman Catholic priest on staff!

Do you have other pilgrimage tours to Italy?  Yes.  See our Italy and Rome Pilgrimages.

Do you have FAQs for airlines, passports, vaccinations, travel insurance, tipping, packing, mobility, and others?  Yes. FAQ for all Catholic Journeys Pilgrimage Tours

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