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Rome Pilgrimage with Shrines of Italy Tour

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Pilgrimage to Italy with the Holy Face of Jesus and papal audience

One of our most popular pilgrimages, the Catholic Rome Pilgrimage with Shrines of Italy 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 Vatican, Rome, and Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage Tour, you’ll also experience the cuisine, art, and culture that exemplifies “la Dolce Vita,” which is Italy! Why don’t you go ahead and book the 2024 or 2025  Catholic Rome pilgrimage with the Shrines of Italy Tour today?


Tour Details for Vatican City Rome & Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage
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

  • Air fares - Round trip airfare listed below Airfare is included for most major airports
  • 1 Checked Bag with the Airlines
  • 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 available onboard
  • Tour Guide - Professional English Speaking Catholic Guides
  • Entrance Fees - Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itineraryWhisper Headsets where needed
  • Catholic Priest with Daily Mass and Spiritual Activities Coordinated

Price Excludes


  • Name and Luggage tags
  • Neck Wallet
  • Travel Bag
Itinerary for Vatican City Rome Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage Tour
Rome · Vatican · Monte Cassino Abbey · Padre Pio · Monte Sant'Angelo · Lanciano · Loreto · Holy Face in Manoppello - Assisi · Sienna

Day 1USA - Rome

Depart from USA 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 flight to the USA. 

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

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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 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 Catholic Rome Pilgrimage & Shrines of Italy Tour
Interactive Map of Sites on this Pilgrimage to Italy

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Rome · Vatican · Monte Cassino Abbey · Padre Pio · Monte Sant'Angelo · Lanciano · Loreto · Holy Face in Manoppello - Assisi · Sienna
Dates, Pricing, and Booking for Vatican City Rome Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage Tour
Make a Deposit to reserve your place. Prices start at $3,499 for Land Only


2024 Vatican Rome Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage Dates

January 8-19, 2024 

including Florence & Padua

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Fr. Patrick Hirtz

Anyone can join.  Book now!

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RI24 0408

April 14 – 24, 2024

Fr James Conover

with Fr. Jim Conover – pasta and prayer pilgrimage with an extra day in Assisi!

Anyone can join.  Book now!

$4,995 Book Here

$3,799 Land-only


July 9 – 18, 2024

father thomas mannion op pilgrimage

with Fr. Thomas Mannion, OP

Anyone can join.  Book now!

$4,799 Book Here

$3,599 Land-only

RI24 1028

October 28 – November 6, 2024

Anyone can join.  Book now!

$4,599 Book Here

$3,499 Land-only

2025 Vatican Rome and Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage Dates

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Jubilee Year of Hope

RI25March March 10 – 19, 2025 $TBA

June 16 – 25, 2025

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with Nicol Nixon Augusté, PhD

priest TBA

RI25Oct October 27 – Nov 5, 2025 $TBA

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

Single Supplement for the Shrines of Italy $799
Single Supplement for the Florence, Venice, and Padua Extension Only $550

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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 in order 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?   Click Here to get started.


Travel Insurance for the Catholic Rome Pilgrimage and Shrines of Italy Tour
If you encounter a flight cancellation, baggage delay, medical emergency or more during your trip, travel insurance is here to help.

Travel Insurance is available for this Pilgrimage to  Italy and – is recommended!

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FAQ for the Catholic Rome Pilgrimage & Shrines of Italy Tour
Rome · Vatican · Monte Cassino Abbey · Padre Pio · Monte Sant'Angelo · Lanciano · Loreto · Holy Face in Manoppello - Assisi · Sienna

Hotel information coming soon.

How do I meet up with the group if I make my own 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.

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5 Reviews
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Fr. Stan Klores

Solo Traveller

The trip was wonderful. It may have been the best one I’ve ever taken. Everything went very smoothly. Thank you for making all the arrangements.
Rev. S. Klores, New Orleans

July 19, 2019


Couple Traveller

We wanted to let you know that we arrived home this past Wednesday night and are still in the clouds. This trip is absolutely memorable to all of us. We had an amazing, fantastic, wonderful, marvelous, lovely, beautiful trip that we would love to do again. We made many new friends and all of our tour guides, drivers, and group members were awesome. Thank you again for all your help.

October 16, 2018

Edwin McGillick

Couple Traveller

Dear CatholicJourneys.com,
We had a great time! Fr. Jim and Alessandro (tour guide) were outstanding. As a result, we may take another religious pilgrimage in the future.

March 1, 2018

Mary B

Couple Traveller

The tour was well planned and went very smoothly. The hotels were clean and comfortable.

July 12, 2016

Dorcas O.

Couple Traveller

Margaret and I enjoyed the pilgrimage. I was awed by the Eucharistic Miracle of the monk who had doubts about the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Seeing the five globules of coagulated blood and the flesh was life-changing for me. Padre Pio’s old and new churches in San Giovanni Rotondo were impressive and so were St. Francis and St.Care’s Basilicas. The hotels were great and the food was super. You were awesome Thank you and God Bless.

August 7, 2015
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