Trevi fountain Rome - Tour and Pilgrimage

Rome, San Giovanni and Assisi - October

7 nights | from £1,198pp including flights

Join us on our Italy pilgrimage flying into Rome, staying in Rome, San Giovanni and Assisi

Overview & Itinerary

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Rome, the capital city of Italy, is located on the river Tiber and has more than 2,500 years of history. The Vatican City is located in the centre of Rome and is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican City is a sovereign territory and the home of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Today Rome is a modern, cosmopolitan city and the third most visited tourist destination in Europe.

San Giovanni Rotunda , is the site where Saint Pio lived from September 1916 until his death in 1968 in the Capuchin Monastery built in 1538. Next to the Monastery rises the Old Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Our Lady of Grace), originally dedicated to Santa Maria degli Angeli, consecrated in 1629. In this small church with a capacity for about eighty people, Padre Pio celebrated Mass and heard confessions. It was here that Padre Pio received the stigmata in 1918.

Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in 1208. St. Clare (Chiara d’Offreducci) a follower of St Francis and the founder of the Poor Clares was also born there. The Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi (St. Francis) is a world heritage site and a truly magnificent building.

 

An outline itinerary of our Pilgrimage

Assisi-Basilica

During your time in Rome there will be a daily programme in the various locations that you will visit, this may include the following:

Day 1

Fly into Rome Fiumicino airport where you will be met by an English-speaking Courier. Celebrate Mass at a local church.

Rome for 3 nights stay (half board).

Day 2

Attend the Papal Audience at St Peter’s Square.

Walking tour of Rome from the Medieval Quarter to the Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain. Continuing to see sites such as the Spanish Steps, Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Day 3

Early Mass at St Peter’s Basilica (subject to availability)

Guided tour commencing with a visit to the Catacombs St Callixtus. Visit the stunning basilicas of Saint Mary Major (Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore) and the Basilica of Saint John in Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) defined as “the mother of all churches in the world.”

Day 4

Transfer to Subiaco to visit the Monastery of St Beneditct and the cave (Sacro Speco) where he lived.

The Abbey of Saint Scholastica, also known as Subiaco Abbey is located just outside the town of Subiaco, and is still an active Benedictine abbey, territorial abbey, first founded in the 6th century AD by Saint Benedict of Nursia. It was in one of the Subiaco caves (or grotto) that Benedict made his first hermitage. Mass will be celebrated here.

Transfer to San Giovanni for 2 nights stay (half board).

Day 5

First morning in San Giovanni. Guided tour of the Shrine of St Padre Pio.  The group will also visit the English Office to view a video on the life of the Saint.

Group will celebrate Mass.

Opportunity to follow the Stations of the Cross carved into the hillside.

Day 6

Transfer to Lanciano, the site of a Eucharistic Miracle. Chiesa di San Francesco (1258), is built over a pre-existing 7th-century church. The high altar houses the relics of the Eucharistic Miracle.

Celebrate Mass here before transferring on to Assisi for 2 nights stay on half board basis.

Day 7

Group will commence their guided tour of the Town, including visits to the Basilicas of St Francis and St Clare. There will also be a visit to the Basilica di Santa Degli Angeli.  Group will celebrate Mass at one of the Basilicas.

Transfer by Coach to Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated a short drive from the Town centre. The group will visit the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels. Which houses the famous Portiuncula (Porziuncola) is a small Catholic Chapel within the Basilica.

Day 8

Early Mass if time allows before the coach journey back to Rome airport.

“The Rome Pilgrimage was out of this world. With the assistance of a very experienced and friendly tour guide throughout each day got better and better. The itinerary was well put together exploring Rome's wealth of fascinating religious and historical sites.”