Pilgrimage Tour to Italy, Rome, Assisi and Pompei

  • 9 Days , 6 Cities
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The Classic Pilgrimage to Italy is in 9 days. You will visit Rome, including the Audience with the Holy Father (on Wednesdays), the Jubilee Basilicas and Ancient Rome, then Assisi, the city of St. Francis, Pompeii with the Sanctuary to the Virgin of the Rosary known all over the world. The itinerary is enriched with other important religious, tourist, and cultural themes such as Renaissance Rome, Giotto’s frescoes in Assisi, the places of Santa Rita of Cascia, the Benedictine Monastery of Monte Cassino, the ancient excavations of the Roman city of Pompeii, and the excursion to the fabulous island of Capri.
Countries Visited Italy
Places Visited Rome, Cascia, Assisi, Naples, Pompei
Suggested Duration 9 days
Travel Styles Christian Tours
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Rome, Italy!

    After customs formalities, you will meet with your English-speaking guide companions. Transfer by private bus to the hotel. Check-in and rest in your room. In the afternoon, a panoramic view of classical and baroque Rome. You will visit some of the most famous sights of the city such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna with Trinità dei Monti, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon among the most important monuments of the Roman Empire, the term of Greek origin means "temple dedicated to all the gods", then transformed into a Christian basilica, Piazza Colonna with the statue of Marcus Aurelius on horseback and the temple of Hadrian.

    Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Rome - Ancient and Renaissance Rome and 'On the Steps of St. Paul'

    The guided tour begins with the Imperial Forums, Circus Maximus, and Colosseum, the most famous of the Roman amphitheaters of the ancient world. Nearby we will visit the church of San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) to admire one of Michelangelo's masterpieces: Moses. Free time for a quick lunch. In the afternoon you will visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, a place of burial and refuge of Christians, then the great Basilica of San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Saint Paul Outside the Walls), and then stop at the Abbey of the Three Fountains, the place of martyrdom of St. Paul.

    Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 3

    Rome - Attend the Holy Father audience

    In the morning we will attend the Audience of the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square (or in the Paul VI Hall (depending on the season). The Audience is celebrated every Wednesday, presided over by the Holy Father (to be reconfirmed). After the Audience, the time remains for the free visit of St. Peter's Basilica. We suggest the climb to the first level to the dome and inside the tombs of the Popes and the Pietà of Michelangelo. Free time for a quick lunch. In the afternoon you will reach by coach the Cathedral of Rome: San Giovanni in Laterano, Saint John Lateron the seat of the Diocese of Rome, near the Holy Staircase. Then the Marian Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve is reached as an ancient Roman tradition.

    Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 4

    Assisi - Visit the birthplace of Santa Rita in Roccaporena and stop in Cascia to visit the convent

    Breakfast and Checkout. After about three hours of travel, you will reach Roccaporena, the birthplace of Santa Rita, and visit the places where she lived with her husband, then converted to Christianity. You go down to Cascia and visit the convent where the Saint lived after the death of her husband and children, and where the grandiose Sanctuary was erected in her honor and a place of visit for pilgrims from all over the world. In the crypt, we pray on the crypt that preserves her corrupted body. Free break for lunch at a restaurant and free time to review some religious souvenirs. In the afternoon head to Assisi.
    Our hotel in Santa Maria degli Angeli welcomes you for dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 5

    Assisi - Explore the Holy and Mystical City

    A day dedicated to the guided tour of Assisi, the atmosphere of spirituality that you breathe takes us back to the times of the Saint and his ministry. A lot of time will be spent visiting the Basilica, the first example of a transition from Romanesque to Gothic-Italian. At the top you can admire a cycle of frescoes of Giotto and his school among the most important with the scenes of the saint's life, then the lower basilica in an atmosphere of spirituality around the tomb of San Francesco (Saint Francis) and still high above more pictorial works. Our itinerary continues through the medieval city crossing the Town Hall Square to the church of Santa Chiara, among the first followers of St. Francis and founder of the Order of the Clarisse nuns. The late Romanesque-Gothic church encloses the tomb of the Saint in the crypt. You have some free time for lunch and may purchase in the many souvenir shops. In the afternoon you visit the Convent of San Damiano, located in an oasis of peace and spirituality, it is the privileged place of the origins of St. Francis and his conversion, which later became a convent of the Clarisse sisters. Then you go down for the visit to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, the majesty of the Sanctuary gathers inside with the small chapel of the "Porziuncola" or Chapel of Transit, here St. Francis died on the evening of October 3, 1226, at just 44 years old, and laid naked on the earth as he had requested.
    Return to the hotel, dinner, and overnight stay.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 6

    Naples - Visit the Abbeys of Casamari and Montecassino

    After breakfast, continue our itinerary through the green Umbria, the highway, and the beautiful panorama of Ciociara. After about 3½ hours of drive, you reach the Abbey of Casamari, a splendid example of a Cistercian abbey. A guided tour of the basilica and cloister. Stop for lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon the route guides us through the valley of the River Liri in Roccasecca and Aquino, the birthplace and life of St. Thomas Aquinas, and you reach the Abbey of Montecassino, high on a hill overlooking the valley. The ancient Abbey, during World War II, became a refuge for the German army, it was destroyed but then later completely rebuilt faithfully to the original. In the crypt of Montecassino Abbey are the tombs of St. Benedict and his sister Saint Scholastic. At the end of the visit, our journey continues to reach Naples. Accommodation in the hotel, dinner, and overnight stay.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 7

    Naples - Visit the Shrine to the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompeii

    Breakfast and then you depart for Pompeii. Visit the Shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, a devotion known all over the world. Followed by a guided tour of the excavations of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, buried under the ash by the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius volcano in 79 ad. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon a panorama of the city of Naples: the Duomo (Cathedral) with the chapel of the miracle of San Gennaro, Piazza del Plebiscito, Mergellina, and Santa Lucia. Dinner in a typical Neapolitan pizzeria.
    Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 8

    Naples - Admire one of the famous island all over the world - Capri

    Breakfast and checkout. Transfer to the port and boarding on the Hydrofoil for Capri, on arrival a guided tour of the island famous all over the world. A walk in the historic center and admire the view of the "Faraglioni" (Water Rocks). Free time for lunch. The possibility to reach the Blue Grotto by boat is optional. In the afternoon departure for Rome, typical Roman dinner of "Goodbye" with music. Returning to the hotel, a brief overview of "Roma by Night".

    Overnight at the hotel.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
    • Cruise/Boat Cruise/Boat
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  • DAY 9

    Depart to Rome Airport to fly back home

    Early morning breakfast (operating flights permitting), airport transfer, boarding assistance, and departure home.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer
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What’s Included?

  • 8 nights stay 4* hotel accommodation 
  • Half-board (American breakfast and dinner)
  • Farewell dinner in a typical restaurant in Rome and music,
  • Deluxe bus for the whole tour
  • Boat RT ticket Naples-Capri Island
  • English speaking tour escort for all the touring in Italy (Available the Spanish Speaking Guide)
  • Full assistance
  • Guided visits with local art historian guides, Rome, Assisi, Pompeii, Naples, and Capri
  • Wireless audio system for each participant
  • Reservations for Holy Masses and liturgies

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • Panoramic view of classical and baroque Rome
  • Visit some of the most famous sights of Rome, such as the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna with Trinità dei Monti, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon
  • Imperial Forums, Circus Maximus, and  Colosseum are the most famous Roman  amphitheaters of the ancient world
  • Visit the church of San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter, in Chains) to admire one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, Moses
  • Visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, a place of burial and refuge for Christians
  • Explore the great Basilica of San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Saint Paul Outside the Walls) 
  • Discover Abbey of the Three Fountains, the place of martyrdom of St. Paul
  • Attend the Audience of the Holy Father in St. Peter’s Square (or in the Paul VI Hall)
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Climb to the first level of the dome and inside the tombs of the Popes and the Pietà of Michelangelo
  • Explore Cathedral of Rome:
    • San Giovanni in Laterano, Saint John Laterano the seat of the Diocese of Rome, near the Holy  StaircaseThen the Marian Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was dedicated to Santa Maria della  Neve.
  • Depart for Roccaporena, the birthplace of Santa Rita, and visit the places where she lived with her husband.
  • Go down to Cascia and visit the convent where the Saint lived after the death of her husband and children.
  • Participate in the guided tour of Assisi
    • Visit the Basilica,  the first example of a transition from Romanesque to Gothic-Italian
    • Continue through the medieval city crossing the Town Hall Square to the church of Santa Chiara among the first followers of St. Francis and founder of the Order of the Clarisse nuns 
    • Visit the Convent of San Damiano, located in an oasis of peace and spirituality
    • Explore the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.
  • Visit the Abbey of Casamari, a splendid example of a Cistercian abbey 
  • guided tour of the basilica and cloister.
  • Discover through the valley of the River Liri in Roccasecca and Aquino, the birthplace and life of St. Thomas Aquinas, and you reach the Abbey of Montecassino, high on a hill overlooking the valley
  • Visit the city of Pompeii, buried under the ash by the eruption of the Mount Vesuvius volcano in 79 ad.
    • Visit the Shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary,  a devotion known all over the world.
  • Panorama of the city of Naples: the Duomo Cathedral with the chapel of the miracle of San Gennaro, Piazza del Plebiscito, Mergellina, and Santa Lucia.
  • Take a cruise to the world-famous island of Capri.
    • Guided walking tour of the historic center and admire the view of the “Faraglioni” (Water Rocks).

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