The Rome Florence Venice Pilgrimage Tour combines a visit to Italy’s most important Shrines and Churches, with its most iconic cultural highlights! In Rome, your spiritual journey begins with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and an audience with The Holy Father in St. Peter’s Square, if the Pope is in residence. You will visit the other three Major Basilicas, and have the opportunity to climb the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) that Jesus climbed on His way to His trial before Pontius Pilate, which were brought to Rome by Saint Helena in the 4th century. In the Vatican Museum, you will view an impressive collection of sculptures, tapestries, and paintings by some of the world’s most famous artists, including Michelangelo masterpiece adorns the walls and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Along the Adriatic Coast you’ll visit Padre Pio’s Shrine and the Cave of St. Michael the Archangel; you’ll venerate the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano and visit the House of the Holy Family in Loreto, and in Manoppello you’ll gaze upon the Miraculous Image of the Holy Face (the Veronica). In Umbria, you’ll visit the hilltop town of Assisi to pray at the Shrines of St. Francis and St. Clare, and in Tuscany, you will visit the Basilica containing the remains of St. Catherine. In Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, you will see the magnificent Duomo and visit the church of Santa Croce which is also the burial place of nobles and artists, including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. In Padua, you will visit and have Mass at the basilica where St. Anthony is buried, and in Venice, you will ride along the Grand Canal to St. Mark’s Square featuring lovely outdoor cafes, the Doge’s Palace, and of course, St. Mark’s Basilica. Like a Spiritual Grand Tour, the Rome Florence Venice Pilgrimage Tour encompasses the very best that Italy has to offer.