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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.

Tour Details for Rome Florence Venice Pilgrimage

Departure & Return Location

New York J.F.K. International Airport, USA 

(Departures from other Airports Available)

Departure Time

Arrive for Check-in 3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares - Round trip airfare from New York (Add-on Airfare available from Other Cities)
  • Hotel Accommodations - First Class Hotelswith Porterage
  • Meals - Breakfast and Dinner DailyWine & mineral water with dinners
  • All transportation in destination locationAirconditioned Motor Coach with Bottled Water and WiFi available onboard
  • Tour Guide - Professional English Speaking Guides
  • Entrance Fees - Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itineraryWhisper Headsets where needed
  • Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated

Price Excludes

  • Optional Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities for Guides and Drivers
  • Excess Baggage Fees, if applicable
  • Fees for Seat Assignments or upgrades, if applicable
  • Any Personal Expenses

Complementaries

  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag
Itinerary for Rome Florence Venice Pilgrimage Tour

Day 1USA - Italy

Depart from New York, JFK or from your hometown for the overnight flight to Rome. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2Arrive Rome

Upon arrival your escort will warmly greet you this morning and welcome you to Italy. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon for rest, relaxation, adjusting to local time or exploration (on own).  Your tour escort can suggest sights or walks for you to enjoy. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3Rome (Papal Audience and Vatican Museum Tour)

Wake up in Eternal City, one of the greatest centers of Western Civilization and the first truly cosmopolitan city on earth! It is also spiritual capital for all the Catholics around the world.   Today is truly a day you will have in your mind for many years to come.  This morning you will go to Vatican City to attend the weekly Papal Audience or Blessing given by His Holiness Pope Francis I (pending papal schedule).  Following the audience you will visit the Vatican Museums, a group of most impressive edifices with hundreds of galleries filled with art treasures. See awe-inspiring relics and works of art donated throughout centuries as tributes of faith. You will see The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms and the most overwhelming Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Masterpiece, restored mural of the Last Judgment.  Later, enter the largest church in Christendom St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter was martyred. Unsurpassed in beauty, a monument to the long history of the Catholic Church, to which pilgrims come from around the world, St. Peter’s is the grandest of the world’s churches. Marvel Pieta and Bernini’s amazing bronze canopy. You will also visit the grave of Pope John Paul II located at the Vatican (time permitting). Before dinner, there will be some time at leisure, to explore your own paths, to shop, or just to sit in one of the outside cafes and watch the world go by.

Day 4Rome

This morning depart for a sightseeing tour entitled “Christian Rome” which includes:  the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, a shrine that contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus; the Holy Stairs, the Basilica of the St. John the Lateran, The Basilica of  the St. John in Lateran, is the former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377;  St. Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St. Paul under its main altar; and the Appian Way — the oldest road from Roman times–plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths ofCaracalla, Arch of Drusus;  Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St. Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. Also enjoy a visit to the Trevi fountain.  Dinner and overnight for your last evening in Rome.

Day 5Rome - Monte Cassino - San Giovanni Rotondo

This morning you will leave the Eternal City and head south, cross through the Roman countryside with its villas and vineyards, stopping at the Abbey of Montecassino, a beautiful town founded by St. Benedict in 529. Continue through the countryside heading east to Padre Pios town of San Giovanni Rotondo, our base for the following two nights. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Day 6 San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant'Angel (St. Michael's cave)

After celebrating Mass at the tomb of Padre Pio, tour the sanctuary, see the old church and the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918. You will see the confessional where Padre Pio spent innumerable hours with a multitude of pilgrims, directing them on their journey toward God. Enjoy a breathtaking view of the Cargano Peninsula and a visit to the Grotto of Michael the Archangel. Six different popes, St. Francis and at least four other saints have knelt in prayer at this grotto, seeking the protection of St. Michael. A panoramic view of the ocean and the surrounding countryside awaits you at this most celebrated shrine of early Christianity, a shrine consecrated by St. Michael himself in 490. Return to San Giovanni for devotions, reflection, and a restful overnight.

Day 7San Giovanni Rotondo - Lanciano - Loreto - Assisi

You will have breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a drive up the Adriatic coast to Lanciano where you will see the Eucharistic Miracle and celebrate Mass. Then continue on to the great Marian Shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. More than 50 popes have made a pilgrimage to the house transported by angels to this hill in central Italy in 1294. Tradition has it that this is the house in which Mary first prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived.  Continue to Assisi for dinner and overnight.

Day 8Assisi

Visit  the tomb of St. Francis. Explore the quaint hilltop birthplace of St. Francis that still retains something of the atmosphere of the early 1200s, the period when St. Francis began his ministry. Contained within the huge 13th-century Basilica are many of the saint’s possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. You may kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St. Francis, asking him to rebuild His church. It was in St. Mary of the Angels Basilica where St. Francis spent most of his life. Here visit the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Stroll the medieval streets of the compact little town. After stopping at an outdoor cafe with a view of an ancient Roman temple, go to the Church of St. Clare to see the saint’s incorrupt body. The foundress of the Order of Poor Clares followed the teachings of St. Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. The group will visit these two saints’ tombs before dinner and retiring for the evening.

Day 9Assisi - Siena

Today you will embark to the beautiful town of Siena, the birthplace of Saints Catherine and Bernardine and one of Italy’s loveliest medieval cities. Here you will stroll the Piazza Del Campo, one of Italy’s finest squares and visit the Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Francis, containing the miraculous consecrated hosts that remained intact since 1730. View the incorrupt head of St. Catherine at the Basilica of St. Dominic.   Return to Assisi for dinner and overnight.

Day 10Assisi - Florence

After a brief drive through the beautiful Tuscan countryside, we arrive in Florence. A paradise for art lovers, Florence drew to itself the greatest artists of the Renaissance: Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello and many others. Dinner and overnight.

Day 11Florence 

After Mass, enjoy a guided tour of Florence which includes magnificent Franciscan church of The Holy Cross or Santa Croce with the beautiful facade, church is a burial place of nobles, among which is Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. Walking tour through Piazza Signoria, pass by Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio. Continue through Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore 13th century cathedral.

Day 12 Florence - Padua

Next stop is Padua, where St. Anthony, patron saint of lost things is honored. After Mass, at the Basilica built in his honor, we continue on a sightseeing tour including one of the oldest universities, Tomb of St. Anthony and his relics . Pass by Pratto Della Valle, one of the biggest squares in Italy, basilica of Santa Giustina. Some time to relax before dinner. Overnight in Padua.

Day 13 Padua: Full day excursion to Venice

After breakfast leave for Venice (Padua is Only * 25 miles away from Venice)  for tour and visit of some of the greatest sights you’ll ever see: St. Mark’s Square, The Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, and the extraordinary visit of Dodges’ Palace. After tour you will have some free time to shop, to explore Venice on own and perhaps take an optional gondola ride, or enjoy an afternoon at a charming cafe.  Return to Padua for our dinner and overnight.

Day 14 Venice - USA

Bid farewell to your new friends and to a pilgrimage which will be in our memories and heart for a long time to come. After breakfast depart from the hotel to Venice Airport for your return flight to the USA.

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