Spiritual Travel to Italy – Milan, Turin, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Rome

  • 13 Days , 9 Cities
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This fascinating tour will introduce you to many aspects of Italy. The imprint of the pilgrimage is living spirituality in the many visits to basilicas, churches, devotions, including the vivid memory of the Passion in the images of the Shroud and the possibility of celebrating Holy Mass in the most significant places. Then the beauty and variety of the most beautiful cities in the world, getting to know the artists of all kinds who have made Italy the most visited country, the cradle of civilization and Christianity.
Countries Visited Italy
Places Visited Milan, Turin, Padua, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Assisi, Rome
Suggested Duration 13 days
Travel Styles Christian Tours
  • DAY 1

    Welcome to Milan, Italy!!

    Arrival at Milan Malpensa airport, entry formalities and meeting with the tour leader, and transfer to the hotel. Relax, dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 2

    Milan - The guided tour of the city

    A day dedicated to the guided tour of Milan, transfer to Piazza Duomo to visit the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, with its splendid Italian Gothic architecture and with hundreds of spiders, among which the "Madunina", a golden statue of the Madonna that protects the city and where it is possible to go up to see with a special lift. In the Cathedral is also the crypt with the tomb of San Carlo Borromeo, former bishop of Milan. From the Duomo a nice walk through the historic Gallery overlooking the most famous opera house in the world, La Scala. Then an elegant avenue leads us to the Castello Sforzesco, the seat of a noble family that gave prestige to the city. Free time to browse elegant shops and for a snack. In the afternoon we move to the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, one of the oldest churches in Milan, which today represents not only a monument of the early Christian and medieval times but also a fundamental point of Milanese history and the Ambrosian Church. As you know, the Diocese of Milan has its own liturgy and its own liturgical calendar called the "Ambrosian Rite" to differentiate it from the "Roman rite" which is, instead, practiced all over the world. In the Basilica, built between 379 and 386 at the behest of Bishop Ambrose, there is the burial of many martyrs and in the crypt is the tomb of St. Ambrose himself. Weather permitting, we recommend a visit to the very rich Ambrosian Diocesan Museum and the nearby complex of Sant’Eustorgio. Return to hotel, dinner, and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • "> DAY 3

    MIlan - Turin, "The Regal City" The Shroud and the Social Saints

    Excursion day to Turin where you arrive after about 2 hours via the highway. The city of Turin was the first capital of the Republic of Italy, but its history is linked to the monarchical Dynasty of the House of Savoy. It’s an extremely elegant city that still retains the urban structure of the Roman "castrum" (buildings, plot of land), with wide checkerboard streets, full of Renaissance and nineteenth-century avenues and palaces that overlook squares and streets with beautiful Excursion day to Turin where you arrive after about 2 hours via the highway. The city of Turin was the first capital of the Republic of Italy, but its history is linked to the monarchical Dynasty of the House of Savoy. It’s an extremely elegant city that still retains the urban structure of the Roman "castrum" (buildings, plot of land), with wide checkerboard streets, full of Renaissance and nineteenth-century avenues and palaces that overlook squares and streets with beautiful arcades. The city of Turin was also the first Italian industrial city and consequently the so-called "Social Saints" flourished here. In particular, San Giovanni Bosco and San Leonardo Murialdo, who dedicated their lives and their works to young people. Let us not forget San Cafasso, an apostle of prisons and San Domenico Savio. Turin is famous above all because the precious "Shroud" is preserved in the Turin Cathedral, which tradition and in-depth studies, indicates it is the sheet in which Jesus was wrapped in his burial. The original is exhibited during important solemnities of the Church, while the visit to the Museum allows us to deepen the knowledge of the Shroud from the points of view and you will be enchanted. Then we visit some wonderful churches, the Sanctuary of the Consolata in Baroque style and decorations, where an ancient and miraculous painting of the Madonna is venerated. On foot you can reach the basilica of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice commissioned by Don Bosco and here the "oratory” for the boys first begin. Following an overview of the city we travel up to the large Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and behind a view of the Mole Antonelliana a symbol of the city, the square overlooks the river Po’ and in front of the Church of the Gran Madre di Dio, a neoclassical building inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. The road climbs up the hill to reach the Basilica of Superga, built by the Savoy family to commemorate their victories and make it a family tomb. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the mountains. On the back of the Church, a plaque commemorates the crash of the plane that in 1949 canceled the Grande Torino football team returning from Lisbon, at the time it was considered the most important and strongest team in Italy. Return to the hotel in Milan for dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

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

    Mestre - Visit city of Padua and Scrovegni Chapel

    Departure for Padua and arrival after about 3 hours by bus. We stop near the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, visit the architectural complex that began in 1232 with a Romanesque plan but clearly incorporates the Byzantine style of the Basilica of San Marco, a fusion of absolutely original styles. A possibility of celebrating Holy Mass. Free time for a snack, followed by a walk through the elegant historic center and the Abbey Basilica of Santa Giustina is worth a visit, with its majestic and original architecture, the sarcophagus of San Luca Evangelista is preserved. Only with a very early booking is it possible to visit the Scrovegni Chapel, a small jewel, a masterpiece completely “frescoed” by Giotto. We arrive in Mestre, on the outskirts of Venice. Hotel accommodation, dinner, and overnight stay.

    What's included?

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

    Mestre - Visit the gondola city and Venice Islands, Murano and Burano

    We reach Venice and board the boat that will take us to Piazza San Marco. We leave free time to discover the "calli", the narrow Venetian alleys that join together with characteristic bridges over the canals, souvenir shops, up to the Grand Canal, and the Rialto Bridge. Optional possibility of a trip in a "gondola" and time for a free lunch. In the afternoon, a boat trip to the islands of Burano, the most picturesque and colorful of the lagoon islands, then to Murano with a visit to a furnace where the skill of glass artisans forge objects that are famous all over the world. Return to the bus terminal and return to the hotel, for dinner, and overnight.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Cruise/Boat Cruise/Boat
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  • DAY 6

    Florence - Visit Pisa, which is one of the wonders of the world.

    Early in the morning, after breakfast, departure for Pisa where it takes about a 4-hour drive, stopping at Piazza dei Miracoli to visit one of the wonders in the world and a Unesco World Heritage Site. This complex, a jewel of Romanesque-Tuscan architecture includes, the Basilica dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta, the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, and the Camposanto. Time available for a free snack, a few purchases, or look for the thrill of climbing the Tower. In the afternoon transfer to Florence. Hotel accommodations dinner and overnight stay.

    What's included?

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

    Florence - Visit the capital of the Italian and European Renaissance

    A day dedicated to visiting Florence, the capital of the Italian and European Renaissance which gave birth to or adopted the greatest artists such as Dante and Boccaccio for literature, Machiavelli for historiography and politics, Galileo Galilei for science, Brunelleschi for architecture, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello and many others for art. Our guided tour begins at the basilica of Santa Maria Novella, a church museum, and in the center of the church stands the wooden crucifix by Giotto. Our walk continues in the historic center, skirting historic buildings, we reach the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Fiore, the magnificent dome by Brunelleschi, Giotto's bell tower, and the Baptistery of San Giovanni. Then Piazza della Signoria where the perfect copy of Michelangelo's David stands vigorously. (Original is in the Galleria dell’Accademia). You leave some time for a free snack, a few purchases in the many shops, a walk to Ponte Vecchio, dotted with small jewelry shops since the Middle Ages. For history lovers, a visit to the Basilica of San Croce cannot be missed, a monumental complex in which beauty, spirituality, and memories merge, and here are the tombs of Galileo Galilei and Michelangelo, and other famous people. In the evening, return to the hotel, for dinner and overnight.

    What's included?

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

    Rome - Explore the Mystical City of Assisi

    Early in the morning departure for Assisi which is about 112 miles. Climb to the Basilica of San Francesco to visit the Upper Basilica frescoed on the walls by Giotto's frescoes with the view of San Francesco, descend into the lower basilica, an atmosphere of spirituality will involve you in front of the tomb of Saint Francis, the “Poverello” (Poor One) of Assisi. Some free time to walk the medieval streets of the city. Then you go down to Santa Maria degli Angeli, the grandiose basilica that contains the "Porziuncola", the small church restored by St. Francis who died here at the age of 44. We continue our journey to Rome. Arrival at the hotel, accommodation, dinner, and overnight stay.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 9

    Rome - Explore the Roman Renaissance

    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
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  • DAY 10

    Rome - 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 a free visit to St. Peter's Basilica. We suggest, the climb to the first level of the dome, 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 Lateran), the seat of the Diocese of Rome, and across from the Holy Staircase. Then the Marian Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve and visited 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 11

    Rome - Visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

    After breakfast, visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, a walk through the historic center to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and Piazza Trinità dei Monti. The afternoon is at leisure for shopping or finding the gems of the Eternal City.
    Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
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  • DAY 12

    Rome - Enjoy Rome with farewell dinner with live music

    Today is a leisure day in Rome. But also, there are beautiful excursions that can be reached in a short time from Rome. Please ask our consultant for suggestions.
    In the evening, we will go to a typical restaurant for a farewell dinner with live music and enjoy Rome by night with a short panoramic tour.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Dinner Dinner
    • Accommodation Accommodation
    • Tour Tour
    • Transfer Transfer
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  • DAY 13

    Depart to the Airport for flight back home

    After breakfast, transfer in time to the airport and departure for the flight back home.

    What's included?

    • Breakfast Breakfast
    • Transfer Transfer
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What’s Included?

  • 12-Nights accommodation in 4 Star Hotel, air-conditioned, double room with private bathroom and porter services.
  • Half-board (American breakfast and dinner)
  • Farewell dinner in a typical restaurant in Rome and music
  • A deluxe bus for the whole tour
  • Boat RT ticket in Venice
  • Spanish and English speaking tour escorts for all the touring in Italy
  • Full assistance in Italy
  • Guided visits with local art historian guides, Venice, Florence, Assisi, and Rome as per the program
  • Wireless audio guide for each participant;

Sightseeing Highlights Included

  • Guided tour of Milan
    • Visit the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta in Piazza Duomo
    • Explore the historic Gallery overlooking the most famous opera house in the world, La Scala
    • Castello Sforzesco, the seat of a noble family that gave prestige to the city
    • Visit Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, one of the oldest churches in Milan,
    • Visit the very rich Ambrosian Diocesan Museum and the nearby complex of Sant’Eustorgio
  • Excursion to Turin,  which was the first capital of the Republic of Italy
    • Visit Turin Cathedral, which tradition and in-depth studies, indicates it is the sheet in which Jesus was wrapped in his burial.
    • We visit some wonderful churches, the Sanctuary of the Consolata in Baroque style and decorations, where an ancient and miraculous painting of the Madonna is venerated.
    • Reach to the basilica of Santa Maria Ausiliatrice on foot, commissioned by Don Bosco and here the “oratory” for the boys first begins.
    • Travel up to the large Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and behind a view of the Mole Antonelliana a symbol of the city, the square overlooks the River Po’ and in front of the Church of the Gran Madre di Dio, a neoclassical building inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.
    • Reach the Basilica of Superga, built by the Savoy family to commemorate their victories and make it a family tomb.
  • Travel to Padua
    • Stop at the Basilica of Sant’Antonio, visit the architectural complex begun in 1232 with a Romanesque plan, but clearly incorporating the Byzantine style of the Basilica of San Marco, a fusion of absolutely original style.
    • Walkthrough the elegant historic center and the Abbey Basilica of Santa Giustina
    • Visit the Scrovegni Chapel, a small jewel, a masterpiece completely “frescoed” by Giotto
  • Venice
    • Board the boat that will take you to Piazza San Marco
    • Boat trip to the islands of Burano, the most picturesque and colorful of the lagoon islands, then to Murano with a visit to a furnace where the skill of glass artisans forges objects that are famous all over the world.
  • Pisa
    • Explore Piazza dei Miracoli to visit one of the wonders in the world and a Unesco World Heritage Site.
  • Florence
    • The guided tour begins at the basilica of Santa Maria Novella, a church museum, and in the center of the church stands the wooden crucifix by Giotto.
    • Tour continues in the historic center, skirting historic buildings, we reach the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Fiore, the magnificent dome by Brunelleschi, Giotto’s bell tower, and the Baptistery of San Giovanni.
    • Visit Piazza della Signoria where the perfect copy of Michelangelo’s David stands vigorously. (Original is in the Galleria dell’Accademia)
    • Take walk to Ponte Vecchio, dotted with small jewelry shops since the Middle Ages
    • A visit to the Basilica of San Croce cannot be missed, a monumental complex in which beauty, spirituality, and memories merge, and here are the tombs of Galileo Galilei and Michelangelo and other famous people.
  • Assisi
    1. Climb to the Basilica of San Francesco to visit the Upper Basilica frescoed on the walls by Giotto’s frescoes with the view of San Francesco,
    2. Then descend into the lower basilica, an atmosphere of spirituality will involve you in front of the tomb of Saint Francis, the “Poverello” (Poor One) of Assisi.
    3. Visit Santa Maria degli Angeli, the grandiose basilica that contains the “Porziuncola”, the small church restored by St. Francis
  • Rome
    • The guided tour begins with the Imperial Forums, Circus Maximus, and Colosseum, the most famous of the 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 of Christians,
    • The great Basilica of San Paolo Fuori le Mura (Saint Paul Outside the Walls)
    • Witness the beauty of the 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 the Paul VI Hall (depending on the season)
    • Visit of St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Reach to the Cathedral of Rome, San Giovanni in Laterano (Saint John Lateran), the seat of the Diocese of Rome and across from the Holy Staircase.
    • Explore the Marian Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve and visited as an ancient Roman tradition.

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