fbpx
(800) 715-6670 Support@catholicjourneys.com
(800) 715-6670 Support@catholicjourneys.com

Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – Great Shrines of Italy 2024 & 2025

(11 Reviews)
Pilgrimage to Italy with the shrine of Padre Pio, Holy Face of Jesus in Manoppello, and Shrines of Sts. Francis and Clare in 2024 and 2025.

Italy Pilgrimage to Rome is one of our most popular pilgrimages, visiting the shrines of Padre Pio, the Holy Face of Jesus, and St. Francis of Assisi Tour begins with three nights in Catholic Rome where you will visit St. Peter’s Basilica and 3 other Major Basilicas, the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and attend an Audience with the Pope if he is in Residence. Other spiritual highlights of this pilgrimage to Italy include; a visit to Padre Pio’s Shrine and St. Michael the Archangel’s Cave; a visit to Lanciano to venerate the Eucharistic Miracle and to Loreto to see the House of the Holy Family; a visit to Manoppello to gaze upon the Miraculous Image of the Holy Face of Jesus (the Veronica) and to Assisi to pray at the Shrines of St. Francis and St. Clare. Throughout the Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage to Rome, you’ll also experience the cuisine, art, and culture that exemplifies “la Dolce Vita,” which is Italy! Why don’t you make a pilgrimage to Italy by booking for 2024 or 2025  Make a pilgrimage to Rome with the Shrines of Italy Tour today.

Pilgrimage to Rome – Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Tour Details Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – Great Shrines of Italy
On this pilgrimage to Italy see Rome · Vatican · Monte Cassino Abbey · Padre Pio · Monte Sant'Angelo · Lanciano · Loreto · Holy Face in Manoppello - Assisi · Sienna

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

Tour Size

  • Average tour size for Shrines of Italy Pilgrimages is 19 except private groups
Itinerary Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – Great Shrines of Italy
On this Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage see Rome · Vatican · Monte Cassino Abbey · Padre Pio · Monte Sant'Angelo · Lanciano · Loreto · Holy Face in Manoppello - Assisi · Sienna

Day 1Home - Rome

Depart from your local airport for flights to Rome. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.

Day 2Arrival in Rome

pizza in rome italy food pilgrimageMeet the tour escort and transfer to your first-class hotel. Free afternoon. This afternoon you may relax or explore Catholic Rome independently. Your tour escort will suggest some sights or walks for you to enjoy.  Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3Rome - Papal Audience at the Vatican if available - St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel

pieta rome vatican shrines of italy pilgrimage tour catholic journeyspope francis rome italy pilgrimage tour with catholic journeysToday is truly a day that will be in your minds for many years to come. This morning we go to Vatican City to attend the weekly Papal Audience and Blessing given by His Holiness Pope Francis I. Following the audience visit to the Vatican Museums, a group of the 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. Throughout the tour, you will cover The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms, and the most overwhelming Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Masterpiece, the 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 at the Pieta and Bernini’s amazing bronze canopy. Before dinner, we’ll have 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 - 3 Major Basilicas - Catacombs

St. Paul outside the walls basilica rome italy pilgrimage tour catholic journeysThis morning depart for a sightseeing tour of a lifetime! Although our focus is on “Christian Rome”, we will also see so many important cultural and monumental sights around Rome. The tour includes three major Basilicas: 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 Basilica of St John in Lateran, is the former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377; and St Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St Paul under its main altar. You will also see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus, Chapel “O’Domine Quo Vadis?” the remains of imperial tombs, Tomb of Caecilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. Dinner and overnight for your last evening in Rome.

Day 5Rome - Monte Cassino - San Giovanni Rotondo

abbey montecassinoLeave the Eternal City and head southeast and enjoy the scenic route to San Giovanni. You will stop in Monte Cassino to see the Benedictine Abbey founded by St Benedict in 529. This lovely Abbey sits atop a hill overlooking the village of Cassino.  The Abbey is set high atop a mountain. The abbey was founded by Saint Benedict of Norcia in the 6th century. Saint Benedict established his first monastic community here. The abbey has been destroyed four times, most recently in World War II, but still serves as home to the Benedictines.  Benedict is famous for the Rule of Saint Benedict, which contains a set of rules for his monks to follow. Heavily influenced by the writings of John Cassian, it shows a strong resemblance with the Rule of the Master, but it also has a unique spirit of balance, moderation, and reasonableness which persuaded most monastic communities founded throughout the to adopt it. As a result, his Rule became one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom. For this reason, Benedict is widely regarded as the founder of Western Christian monasticism.

We arrive in San Giovanni, the home of Padre Pio, just in time for dinner.

Day 6Monte Sant'Angelo

padre pio on italy pilgrimage tour with catholic journeysMont Sant Angelo shrines of italy pilgrimage tour catholic journeysToday you will Visit the tomb of Padre Pio, tour the sanctuary and see 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 Gargano 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 devotion, and reflection.

Day 7 Lanciano - Loreto - Manoppello - Assisi

loreto sanctuary italy pilgrimage tour catholic journeysThe travels today first take you to Lanciano to see the eighth-century Eucharistic Miracle in the little Church of Lagontial. After expressing doubts about Christ’s true presence in the consecrated host, a monk found himself holding a host that had changed into flesh and wine that had changed into blood. Next, travel through the beautiful Italian Countryside to the historic town of Manoppello. Here you will celebrate Mass at the old Capuchin Monastery and see a miraculous image of Christ’s face on a veil, the “veronica” (true icon) in the Santuario del Volto Santo. The image shows a male face with long hair and a beard parted in bands. It is the only case in the world where the image is visible on both sides of the cloth; colors are very light, the eyes are turned upward and the pupils are completely open, even though irregular. Scientific tests, observations under ultraviolet light and under a microscope show no pigments and no paintings on the veil.

After lunch, travel to follow the lush Adriatic coast to the great Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. More than 50 popes 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 prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived. Transfer for dinner and overnight in Assisi.

Day 8Assisi - Saints Francis and Clare

basilica of st. francis assisi italy pilgrimage tour catholic journeysAfter breakfast, celebrate mass and 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 his 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 we 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, we 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. Return to Assisi for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 Assisi - Catherine of Siena

vista cathedral siena italy pilgrimage tour catholic journeysThis morning you are off to the beautiful town of Siena, the birthplace of Saints Catherine and Bernardine and one of Italy’s loveliest medieval cities. Here we 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 10 Return Home -- or Optional Extension to Florence, Venice and Padua

Bid farewell to our new friends and a pilgrimage that will be in your memories and heart for a long time—early departure from Assisi for Florence or Rome Airport for our return flights home.

Optional Extension to Florence, Venice & Padua - $2,099
Available for groups of 10 or more

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 

florence duomo shrines of italy pilgrimage tour with catholic journeysAfter Mass, enjoy a guided tour of Florence which includes the magnificent Franciscan church of The Holy Cross or Santa Croce with its beautiful facade.  The church is a burial place of nobles, among which are 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

friars praying at the tomb of st. anthony of padua italy shrine pilgrimage tourThe next stop is Padua, where St. Anthony, the 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, the Tomb of St. Anthony, and his relics. Pass by Pratto Della Valle, one of the biggest squares in Italy, the basilica of Santa Giustina. Some time to relax before dinner. Overnight in Padua.

Day 13 Padua: Full day excursion to Venice

boat in canal in Venice italy shrines pilgrimage tour with catholic journeys

After breakfast leave for Venice (Padua is Only * 25 miles away from Venice)  for a 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 the tour, you will have some free time to shop, explore Venice on your 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 - Home

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

Map of Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – Great Shrines of Italy
Interactive Map of Sites on this Pilgrimage to Rome and Italy - click on upper left arrow for list or on pins

Photos of Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – Great Shrines of Italy
Pictures of this pilgrimage to Italy including Rome · Vatican · Monte Cassino Abbey · Padre Pio · Monte Sant'Angelo · Lanciano · Loreto · Holy Face in Manoppello - Assisi · Sienna
Dates, Pricing, and Booking Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – Great Shrines of Italy
Make a Deposit by clicking Book Here to reserve your place. Prices start at $3,799 for Land Only. No credit card fees.
2024 Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – Great Shrines of Italy Dates
RI24 0513

May 13 – 22, 2024

St Martin of Tours, La Mesa, CA with Fr. Elmer Mandac

Sold out!

Sold out! Book Here
RI24July

July 9 – 18, 2024

father thomas mannion op pilgrimage

with Fr. Thomas Mannion, OP – Small group!

Sale!  Save $500 pp.   Regular price $5,499.  Few spots available

Sale!  Save $500 per person.

$4,995 Book Here

$4,399 Land-only

RI24 1028

October 28 – November 6, 2024

Fr. Daniel Dupre

with Fr. Daniel Dupre

Anyone can join.  Book now!

$4,995 Book Here

$3,999 Land-only

RI24 1104

November 4-12, 2024

fr. joe palermo

with Fr. Joe Palermo

St. Francis Xavier Pilgrimage – sorry parishioners only

Book Here

2025 Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – Great Shrines of Italy Dates

pilgrims of hope jubilee year 2025 rome vatican

Jubilee Year of Hope

RI-2025-March March 10 – 19, 2025 $4,888 Book Here $3,799 land only
RI-2025-May May 26 – June 4, 2025 $5,799 Book Here $4,799 Land Only
RI-2025-June

June 16 – 25, 2025

nicol auguste

with Nicol Nixon Augusté, PhD; and Fr. Paul

Sale!  Save $300! Regular price $5,799.

$5,499 Book Here $4,799 Land Only

RI-2025-June30

June 30 – July 9, 2025

St. Stanislaus Parish Pilgrimage with Fr. Tomasz. Open to all.  Join us!

Sale!  Save $300! Regular price $5,799.

$5,499 Book Here $4,799 Land Only

RI-2025-Oct October 20 – 29, 2025 $4,999 Book Here $3,999 land only
  Your group goes here — just give us the dates!  

Optional Florence, Venice, and Padua Pilgrimage Extension  $2,099

Single Supplement for the Shrines of Italy $899
Single Supplement for the Florence, Venice, and Padua Extension Only $550

See the airports that we serve in the USA and Canada.  A few airports have an additional charge.

Contact us if you don’t see your airport. 

Options

Pre-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

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

Upgrade to Premium Economy 

An upgrade to premium economy is available for $1,850 per person roundtrip with the following conditions:  the pilgrimage tour must be 1) paid in full more than 90 days before departure and 2) Guest Information Completed to guarantee the price and schedule.  Call for a quote if less than 90 days before departure for an expected higher price.

Would you like to lead your parish or group on this pilgrimage to Italy?   Click Here to get started.

 

Travel Insurance Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – See the Great Shrines of 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 this Pilgrimage to Italy and – is recommended!

Click here for information on insurance plans!

Travelex

FAQ for Italy Pilgrimage to Rome – Great Shrines of Italy
Frequently Asked Questions about a pilgrimage to Rome and the Shrines of Italy

starhotels michelangelo italy pilgrimage to rome great shrines of italy hotel

Hotel information for this pilgrimage to Rome and Italy.

How do I meet up with the group if I make my flight arrangements? 

Arrival times vary between dates and within pilgrimages.  If you make your own flight arrangements, we can arrange a private airport transfer in Rome for $56 per person.  We recommend using our transfer service because they are known and trusted drivers.  As soon as you have your flight information, email Marcelle.

Will I need an electrical adapter for a pilgrimage to Italy? Yes, you will need an adapter for Italy.

Do you have other pilgrimages to Rome? Yes, click here for all of our pilgrimages to Rome and Italy.

Would you like to lead your parish or group on this pilgrimage to Italy?  Click Here to get started.

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

11 Reviews
Sort By:RatingDate

Meg S

Couple Traveller

Dear Catholic Journeys,

Thank you for the opportunity to review this amazing pilgrimage to Italy. Full disclosure, this was my first time in Italy, first time on a pilgrimage, and my first pilgrimage tour outside the USA. Let me start by saying the tour guide – Antonio was FANTASTICO!! He was patient, knowledgeable, funny and kind. He MADE the trip much more enjoyable every day. Every local guide we had was so entertaining, and educational- fun and friendly! We learned so much and it was so helpful having them walk us through all the beautiful places and landscapes.

The pilgrimage highlight for me was in Rome experiencing the papal audience with Papa Francesco = was life changing! Thanks to Antonio, our tour director….we had AMAZING seats and a fabulous view when the Popemobile drove by! He got us up and out of the hotel early….and we were able to sit comfortably while listening to the Holy Father speak.

The Michelangelo hotel was lovely, their staff was friendly, and accommodating. We loved the view!! Everything about this hotel was quality and wonderful. The second hotel was adequate – certainly not the quality of Michaelangelo but it was fine. The breakfast was good. The dinners here were ok. They repeated a dinner two nights in a row – not that big a deal but obviously one that I felt I should mention.

OH ASSISI!! The hotel and the whole area will forever be in my heart! The view from our window was absolutely breathtaking…the trip to the Ermo della Carceri -I found it to be the most peaceful place on earth. We got there so early- before any other crowd or group- what a blessing!! The wine tasting at the winery was such a delightful afternoon! A wonderful time to relax, visit and sample delicious wine and food. This was also a highlight because we got to visit with the others in our group in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

Antonio did such a terrific job of making sure we knew where to be at what time…. He got taxis for a few of us who could not climb in Assisi and Siena just so we wouldn’t miss anything. We surprisingly got to see Blessed Carlos Acutis at Saint Mary Major….what a pleasant and surprising blessing!! The bus rides were pleasant even in the rain – I expected that we would say a rosary during one of the longer bus rides….that did not happen. That surprised me a little. Father Jim was pleasant and fun to be with… he seemed comfortable and knowledgeable of our itinerary.

I will definitely recommend this Catholic Journeys Pilgrimage. I cannot compliment our tour guide enough….he did all he could do to make our trip amazing. He went out of his way to make sure we got where we needed to go on the train after the tour was over….. he is one of a kind!!!!

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this experience so memorable.

Peace & All Good,
Meg S

May 6, 2024

Cecile G

Solo Traveller

Dear Friends at Catholic Journeys,

Our pilgrimage in Italy has ended, physically speaking, but the wonderful memories will definitely live on. Thank you especially for adding on that amazing trip to Mt. Subasio in Assisi. That was one of the special highlights, I think, for all of us on the tour. I say ‘one of’ because there were many more. I was, in fact, blown away by many other amazing sights and experiences of this tour—some of which I did not even know existed before this tour.

Many, many thanks to Antonio and to Fr. Jim Conover for making this pilgrimage to Italy extra special for us. Antonio’s gentle shepherding of us was just the right style for this holy pilgrimage. And so were Fr. Jim’s inspiring presence, prayers, and homilies. (He also sings like an angel!) I think all of us hope that we can see them both again on other pilgrimage tours.

With best wishes,
Cecile

April 27, 2024

Robin O

Couple Traveller

We just returned from our pilgrimage to Rome and custom Assisi itinerary. It was an Awe-some Pilgrimage. We were able to explore our Catholic roots, see and listen to the Pope in St. Peter’s Square, celebrate mass in the most beautiful and holy places. Assisi was the highlight and to spend time in the Sanctuary of Eremo Delle Carceri was a very moving experience. The planning and customer care with you was great and comforting for Merle and I who have not travelled to Europe before. Our guide, Daniele was Exceptional!!! His knowledge, presentation, presence, humor and humor was invaluable to us. I highly recommend him. Our guide in Assisi was also exceptional. It was all such a wonderful experience on this pilgrimage to Italy. Thank you!

February 18, 2024

Deborah D

Couple Traveller

Our Italy Pilgrimage to Rome including Great Shrines of Italy was great. Catholic Journeys made it easy to plan this trip from payment and laying out the itinerary. The guides were very knowledgeable and pleasant to be with. Thanks!

February 1, 2024

Fr. Patrick Hirtz

Group Traveller

The weather was great for our pilgrimage to Italy – only two evenings with rain. We had a great time with our group.
Francesco was beyond our expectations as a guide. His love of faith and country were very much felt. As the time went on, we felt as one family with him. We stopped many times on the way between hotels to places he shared with us. From a small chapel outside of Assisi, where the brothers first came together to pray and view points of the countryside and towns.

The Hotels were fabulous and great locations. Star Hotel Michalangelo was a great location and the staff was very good. Especially, with help getting the late luggage to the rooms. Hotel Cenacolo in Assisi was great, the staff was attentive to all our needs. The Server, Christine, was beyond helpful, she brought and had ready the gluten free food for the two in our group. She helped in any need. Hotel Cellai was a great hotel with much history and antique decor. Finding the room was a challenge, but once found everything was good. The food next door was great and a full Italian meal. The staff had breakfast available for the early departure to the airport.

I am still taking in the experience of all the Shrines and blessings received during the trip. I will share after I begin to journal. The group is already looking forward to next year’s pilgrimage. Maybe France or Greece will be our options. One thing they asked is that Francesco could be our guide again, showing how much his presence was felt. (Maybe his wife will join us). I will share pictures with you after we set up the group drop box and Facebook.

Thank you for all your hard work.
Fr Patrick Hirtz

January 22, 2024
12
3 travellers are considering this tour right now!