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|Itinerary at a Glance
Rome & Assisi
|5||Rome, Orvieto & Perugia|
|6||Perugia, Assisi & Perugia|
|7||Perugia, Rome Fiumicino|
|Highlights||Papal Audience, Vatican City, 4 Major Basilicas of Rome, St. Francis Basilica and Tomb|
Explore Christian history and reaffirm your faith at some of Italy’s most significant landmarks and monuments. In Rome, visit the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel, as well as the four major basilicas; there you can find the manger baby Jesus was laid in following his birth and the marble Holy Stairs he climbed to stand trial before Pontius Pilate. Attend an audience with the Pope (subject to Holy Father's schedule). Then travel to Orvieto, where the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena is located, and Assisi, where St. Francis lived, died, and founded the Order of the Friars Minor. End the trip with a celebration of Sunday Mass in one of Perugia’s beautiful churches. Join us for this inspirational journey, but don’t wait too long to book—at these amazingly low prices, it will sell out soon!
Day 2: Rome. Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! After going through customs, you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in. Take some time to rest from your journey and then spend the rest of the day getting acquainted with this marvelous city on your own. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a delicious welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 3: Rome. Start the day with a once-in-a-lifetime experience by joining pilgrims from all over the world for a Papal Audience and receiving a Papal Blessing. Then delve into the history of Christianity at some of Rome’s oldest and most significant churches: View the manger baby Jesus was laid in following his birth at St. Mary Major, one of Rome’s four ancient major basilicas. Admire Michelangelo’s powerful and astonishing statue of Moses at St. Peter in Chains, where you will also find the chains that are believed to have bound St. Peter when he was held captive in the Mamertine Prison. Walk up the marble Holy Stairs, climbed by Jesus Christ to stand trial before Pontius Pilate, at St. John Lateran, which is ranked above all other churches in the Catholic Church, including St. Peter’s Basilica. End your day with a visit to St. Paul Outside the Walls, the site of Apostle Paul's tomb (please note that the sarcophagus is only partially visible below the main altar). If time permits, we may also stop by one of the nearby catacombs. Enjoy some traditional Roman cuisine on your own at one of the many nearby restaurants. Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Rome. This morning you find out why St. Peter’s Basilica has been called the “the greatest of all churches of Christendom” on a close-up tour of the religious and architectural landmark. Then explore the religious and artistic treasures of the Vatican Museums. No matter how often you’ve seen it or heard it described, the exquisite Sistine Chapel will take your breath away with its lifelike frescoes and spectacular ceiling painted by Michelangelo. The rest of the day is at leisure. Don’t be afraid to wander—you are sure to find a gem, whether it be a gelateria or a hidden church—around the corner. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Rome, Orvieto & Perugia. Today you leave bustling Rome behind for two charming towns. First is Orvieto, built by Etruscans on top of volcanic cliffs jutting out of the Umbrian countryside. You will visit Orvieto’s magnificent Cathedral and Papal Palace, a testament to the town’s power and wealth during the Middle Ages, when it also served as a papal city. On display at the Cathedral is the Corporal of Bolsena, which dates from a Eucharistic miracle in 1263. Savor a lunch made from fresh local ingredients, and then head to Perugia, the stunning capital of Umbria. A brief tour will orient you to the town, and you will have a chance to sample some of Perugia’s world-famous chocolates at a coffee shop before or after dinner. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Our journeys today will cover 140 miles and take approximately 3½ hours.
Day 6: Perugia & Assisi. After breakfast a short motorcar ride will take us to Assisi, a nearby town closely associated with St. Francis. Born in 1182, St. Francis was a humble man who traveled extensively preaching about the love of God and who founded the Order of the Friars Minor in 1210. Around the same time he met St. Clare of Assisi, and soon after the female branch of the Franciscan Order was established. Visit St. Francis Basilica and Tomb and St. Clare's Church, as well as St. Mary of Angels, which lies at the foot of the town. This is where St. Francis lived, died, and began the Franciscan Order, in a simple chapel he himself built, the Porziuncola. Here you will also see the thornless rose bush. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Perugia for overnight. Breakfast & lunch provided.
Day 7: Perugia & Rome Fiumicino. After Sunday Mass at one of Perugia’s many beautiful churches, enjoy some leisure time. One of Italy’s best-preserved hill towns and an important center of medieval art, as well as home to a large university and a thriving art scene, Perugia has something to please every traveler. In the early afternoon, transfer to your hotel at Rome Fiumicino Airport for overnight. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Rome & USA. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Breakfast provided.