Following the Saints Pilgrimage to Italy April 19-29, 2018

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April 19 – Day 1: Depart JFK or San Diego on an overnight flight to Rome
Depart U.S.A on an overnight ight to Rome.

April 20 – Day 2: Arrival in Rome and Sights of St. Paul
Upon arrival in Rome, our group is greeted by our English-speaking tour director outside the customs area. We board the bus and begin our tour. First stop is the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls for a visit and to Celebrate Mass. We continue to Tre Fontane Ab- bey, where St. Paul was beheaded by order of Emperor Nero. Check into the hotel where we have a welcome dinner with a choice of beverages including wine and a good night’s rest. Dinner at our hotel and overnight in Rome. (Welcome Dinner)

April 21 – Day 3 – Rome- Papal Train – Vatican Treasures
Following breakfast, we transfer to the Vatican Museums for the Vatican full day by train. Our tour Itinerary includes: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens, Gardens of the Ponti cal Villas (Villa Barberini) By being early, we avoid the queue at the entrance. We tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with an audio guide followed by a morn- ing walking tour of the Vatican Gardens with an audio guide. We then depart from the Train Station of the Vatican City State, by electric train, to Albano Laziale and transfer to the Ponti cal Villas by shuttle. Our tour there includes the Gardens of the Ponti cal Villas (Villa Barberini) by eco-friendly transport with an audio guide. At the end of our tour, we exit from the Gardens of the Ponti cal Villas and enjoy some free time where we have lunch on our own and can wander through the town. We join in the celebration of Mass at the Church of St. Thomas and then depart from the Train Station of Castel Gandolfo to the Roma San Pietro Station. We return to our hotel for dinner. Enjoy a stroll in Rome following dinner. (B, D)

April 22 – Day 4: Roman Basilicas, Relics of Jerusalem, Catacombs
Today we visit St. Peter Basilica, where we celebrate Mass and enjoy a guided tour of the Basilica. We have a tour of the Scavi (TBC) before we depart for the Basilica of the Holy Cross. Time for lunch on our own and then we drive to see the Catacombs of St. Calis- to where the early Christians prayed and buried their dead in secret. Overnight Rome. (B, D)

April 23 – Day 5: Imperial Rome and Baroque Squares
This morning we celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major and have a guided tour of the Basilica. The Mamertine Prison where St. Peter and St. Paul, were imprisoned, is our next stop. We drive over to see the Forum (outside view) and visit the Colosseum (Inside). We then walk over to the nearby Piazza Navone (where we have time for lunch on our own), the Pantheon, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain where we can toss a coin and where our walking tour ends. Tonight, dinner is on your own and you can choose from the many wonderful restaurant choices in Rome! Overnight Rome.

April 24 – Day 6: Nettuno (Santa Maria Goretti) – Foro Appio –Buffalo Mozarella Farm
Depart Rome this morning for Le Ferriere where we visit the house where St. Maria Goretti was murdered. We continue to Netunno where we visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Graces and Saint Maria Goretti Shrine. See the reliquary that contains the saint’s body in the Basilica. Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine. We see the American Cemetery contain- ing the graves of the brave Americans who died defending Italy during WWII. Continue to Foro Appio, a historic site where St. Paul met the rst commoners when he arrived on the Italian shore, now a beautiful hotel where we enjoy lunch. We continue to Sabaudia where we visit a farm producing buffalo mozzarella cheese. Return to Rome for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

April 25 – DAY 7: Papal Audience – (Wednesday only) Afternoon at leisure
This morning we depart early for St. Peter’s Square to attend the Papal Audience where we are blessed by our Holy Father, Pope Francis. In the afternoon, we celebrate Mass at the St. Clement Basilica. The afternoon at leisure to explore Rome on your own. Enjoy your lunch and dinner on your own at an outside café! Overnight Rome. (B)

April 26 – Day 8: Rome – Assisi
After breakfast, we visit the Santi Apostoli church where we see the painting which depicts the martyrdom of St. Phillip and St. James the Less. We depart for Assisi visiting the Basilica of St. Clare and celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Assisi. (B, D)

April 27 – Day 9: Assisi – RETREAT AT THE HERMITAGE
After breakfast, we celebrate Mass at one of the chapels in the Basilica of St. Francis. We have time for a visit and prayer before continuing to Mount Subasio. From the Porta Cappuc- cini town gates you walk up to the spring (Fonte Maddalena) on Monte Subasio. Once you reach the top then descent to the Hermitage Eremo where St. Francis and his companions prayed and meditated in the woods. We have a retreat in this peaceful spot and like St. Fran- cis have time for prayer and meditation. After the retreat, we begin our walk back to Assisi (Walking time 8 miles). A minivan at disposal for those who prefer to reach the Eremo by taxi. Overnight Assisi. (B, L, D)

April 28 – Day 10: Assisi – Frascati
After breakfast, we check out and drive a short distance to San Damiano Convent, then we visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels where we celebrate Mass. We visit the basilica and see the Portiuncula, the chapel that is the heart of the Franciscan movement. After break for lunch, (lunch on your own) we depart Assisi towards south to reach the hilly village of Frascati situated along the slopes of the Monte Tuscolo, Frascati is one of the most import- ant towns of Castelli Romani. It is known as the Città del Vino (city of wine) and is an ideal place to spend a relaxing day. Another good reason to visit Frascati is that the Patron Saints of Frascati are San Phillip and San James the Less. On weekends, the streets are crowded with visitors that come to enjoy the popular local wine and food and the cheerful greetings of local people. Frascati is also famous for its Ville Tuscolane, lavish patrician residences of late renaissance and baroque style which the noble romans had built on the green elds of the Colli Albani. One of such is the elegant example of Villa Aldobrandini that welcomes vis- itors from its commanding panoramic position at the entrance of Frascati. We have time for a good ice cream and a visit to the Cathedral, before we check in at the hotel for our festive farewell dinner. (B, Special dinner)

April 29 – Day 11: Return to USA
This morning we depart for Rome airport ( 40 min drive) and our flight home. We return filled with memories of our Italian pilgrimage to share with your friends and to cherish forever. (B)

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