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|Itinerary at a Glance|
|2||Venice & Padua|
|3||Venice & Padua|
|4||Venice & Ferrara|
|5||Bologna & Florence|
|6||Florence, Pisa & Luca|
|7||Florence, Siena & Assisi|
|8||Assisi & Rome|
|11||Depart Rome/Arrive USA|
|Highlights||Shrines of Saint Anthony, Saint Catherine of Bologna, Saints Francis & Clare of Assisi, Daily Masses in a church of the city we are visiting, and Papal Audience|
For two millennia, Italy has shaped—and in turn been shaped by—the course of Christianity. The remarkable relationship between the two has left its mark on the country's landscapes, buildings, art, and very way of life. You will take an inspiring journey through this legacy. Visit the world-famous basilicas of Rome, Florence and Venice. Attend an audience with the Pope (subject to Holy Father's schedule). Pay tribute to two of the most popular saints, St. Francis and St. Anthony, learning details of their lives and sacrifices. Admire artistic masterpieces such as Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and David. Enjoy the serene countryside of Umbria and Tuscany. And take advantage of prices that are as incredible as the trip!
All prices, fees and deposits are per person, subject to change at any time, and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.
|St. Catherines of Bologna Parish Group|
|Single room supplement||+$550|
Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.
Day 2: Venice & Padua. Arrive Venice, transfer to your hotel in Padua. Mass at St. Anthony (or local church subject to availability). Afternoon free at leisure. Briefing with your tour conductor at your hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Venice & Padua. Breakfast, Walking City Tour of Venice. Meet your local city guide this morning to enjoy a 2 hour tour of the city on foot including a visit to Doge's Palace and at the end of your tour visit one of the many Murano glass factories. Early afternoon mass at one of the local churches. The rest of the afternoon will be free at leisure. Later this afternoon transfer back to Padua by private water taxi and bus. Lunch and dinner under own arrangements. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Venice & Ferrara. Breakfast. Depart to Ferrara. Tour of the city including a visit to the Corpus Domini Monastery for Mass and meeting with the sisters. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Ferrara.
Day 5: Bologna & Florence. Breakfast. Early morning departure to Bologna where you will meet your local guide for a tour of the city on foot. Lunch under own arrangements. Continue on to Florence with a visit to Castello di Poppiano for a tour of the grounds, cellars, vineyards and castle. After the tour enjoy wine tasting and a light dinner with their local products. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Florence, Pisa & Luca. Breakfast, Florence tour including Academia. Lunch under own arrangements. Afternoon visit to Pisa and Lucca. Return to Florence in the evening for a dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Day 7: Florence, Siena & Assisi. Breakfast. Depart for Siena for sightseeing and lunch followed by Sunday Mass at local church in Siena. Continue to Assisi for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Assisi & Rome. Breakfast. Morning sightseeing tour of Assisi including visits to the Upper and Lower Basilica, St. Francis’ Tomb and Santa Maria degli Angeli. Lunch at local restaurant. Travel to Rome for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Rome. Breakfast. Early morning Mass at St. Peter's Basilica (subject to availability). After mass, meet your local guide and enjoy a tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Lunch under own arrangements. Afternoon Christian Rome tour. Dinner on own. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Rome. Breakfast. transfer to St Peter's Square for the Papal Audience. After the audience return to your hotel. Afternoon fee at leisure. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with music at the Le Ter Me Del Colosseo restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: Depart Rome/Arrive USA. Breakfast, transfer to the airport for return flight to Newark.
Vacationing in Italy for Spring Break was our 13-year-old son's idea. We hadn't a clue how to pull it all together in less than 5 weeks, and then a friend recommended Friendly Planet. From the get-go (meaning my initial contact with your reservation agent), I knew that we would be in good hands. The tour of 8 key cities in Italy, including Rome, Florence, Venice, and Siena, was beyond our wildest expectations. And the price was right! And our charming tour guides were one better than the other! We also enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers -- all truly wonderful people. Since then, every chance I get, I recommend Friendly Planet to my family and friends.
— Fran Carpentier, New York, NY