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Shrines of Italy

April 23 - May 3, 2019

Are you looking for a unique way to experience the joy of Easter and the Mystery of God's Divine Mercy? If so, then join Fr. Allen Alexander, MIC, and Euro Pilgrimage Tours to see some of the most sacred sites in all of Italy during one of the most grace-filled times of the Liturgical Year. As a Marian of the Immaculate Conception, Fr. Allen will delve in the message of Divine Mercy entrusted to his community by St. Pope John Paul II.

In addition to being in these holy sites during Easter week and celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday together, we will have the opportunity to visit the tomb of Padre Pio, one of the most well-known and powerful saints of the 20th Century. Space is limited! Call or email Erika Piotrowski today!

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DAY 1 - Apr 23, 2019: Overnight Flight
Travel on an inspirational journey to some of the most fascinating religious sites and relics in the world.

DAY 2 - Apr 24, 2019: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Rome. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines. Included Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Apr 25, 2019: Day 3: Rome - Assisi
Travel north to Assisi and begin your tour at St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, where St. Francis spent most of his life. Pause to reflect at the Chapel of the Porziuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint prayed. Later, have time at the Church of St. Clare, who founded the Order of Poor Clares and followed the teachings of St. Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. Kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St. Francis, asking him to rebuild his church. Join a local expert for a fascinating tour of Assisi highlighting the huge 13th-century basilica where you can see many of St. Francis’ possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Francis this afternoon. Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - Apr 26, 2019: Assisi - Optional Florence Excursion
Enjoy a full day excursion to the beautiful city of Florence, a gem in the crown of the renowned region of Tuscany. Enjoy a wonderful day of shopping and sightseeing as a local expert highlights such treasures as the Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza del Duomo, the famed Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza della Signoria. You will also visit the Church of Santa Croce, one of the oldest and largest Franciscan churches in the world. Before your return to Assisi, take some time at leisure to savor the local flavors of this region and shop in the wonderful boutiques and acclaimed handicraft shops that Florence offers. Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Apr 27, 2019: Assisi - Loreto - San Giovanni Rotondo
Travel across the Apennine Mountains toward the Adriatic Coast to the Marian shrine of Loreto. Discover the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto where more than 50 popes have made a pilgrimage. You will celebrate Mass before continuing your journey to San Giovanni Rotondo, home of Padre Pio. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - Apr 28, 2019: San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant’ Angelo - San Giovanni Rotondo
Begin your day with a special visit to Monte Sant’ Angelo. Take in the breathtaking views of the Gargano Peninsula and explore one of the most celebrated shrines of early Christianity – the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Many popes and saints have knelt and prayed at this grotto, seeking the protection of Saint Michael. Later, return to San Giovanni Rotondo and celebrate Mass in the sanctuary of Padre Pio. This is followed by a tour of the sanctuary, including the old church and the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918, as well as Padre Pio’s tomb. Then, visit the new church dedicated in 2004 to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. You will also see the confessional where Padre Pio spent many hours directing pilgrims on their journey toward God. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - Apr 29, 2019: San Giovanni Rotondo - Abbey of Santissima Trinita - Campania
Journey through the picturesque landscape of the regions of Apulia and Campania to Cava de Tirreni. Be introduced to the Benedictine Abbey of Santissima Trinita, founded in the 11th century by a local saint. After a guided visit to the abbey you will celebrate Mass. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 - Apr 30, 2019: Campania- Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary- Abbey of Montecassino- Rome
Continue your travels to the town of Pompeii where you will visit the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, one of the most famous shrines of Christianity. Later, travel to Montecassino to discover the renowned abbey founded by St. Benedict in the 6th century A.D. This sacred place houses the relics of St. Benedict and his sister, Saint Scholastica. Montecassino also became famous during the battles that took place here during World War II, when the abbey was bombed and destroyed. End your day in Rome. Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 - May 01, 2019: Rome - Papal Audience - Vatican Museum
This morning, attend the weekly papal audience* at Vatican City to receive the blessing given by His Holiness, Pope Francis. Later, visit the Vatican Museum** where you will view such historical treasures as the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s restored mural of the Last Judgment. Then it’s on to the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter was martyred. Known as the grandest of the world’s churches, St. Peter’s is unsurpassed in beauty. Included Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - May 02, 2019: Rome - Christian Rome City Tour
Begin your day at the Basilica St. Paul Outside the Walls; the remains of St. Paul are located under its main altar. You’ll celebrate Mass before making your way to the catacombs where early Christians fearing persecution hid and buried their dead. Continue on to visit the other major Roman basilicas, St. Mary Major and St. John in Lateran, the former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377. This afternoon discover why Rome has been known through the ages as the “Eternal City” during this fascinating tour of its most famous antiquities. A local expert will guide you as you discover Rome’s great monuments and iconic testimonies to its former glory as the seat of an empire. During your guided panoramic tour, you’ll behold the Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus. Hear the distant echoes of 45,000 spectators cheering when you visit the Colosseum, the site of legendary gladiator contests, and marvel at the ingenuity and scale of this world-famous structure. Also visit the Piazza Navona to view the Fountain of Neptune, Fountain of the Four Rivers, and Fountain of the Moor. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable pilgrimage to Italy. Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 - May 03, 2019: Rome - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close in Rome.

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Erika Piotrowski
Phone: (231)720-8378
Email: [email protected]

Some Breakfast and Dinners: Included