Pictures from the Italy

Year of Jubilee

A Pilgrimage to Rome & Sacred Sites of Italy

Led by:

Father Jurgen Liias

&

Mrs. Catherine DiPirro
November 2 – 14, 2015

Trip map

The Italian guide-tour leader has a general knowledge of the places you will visit and a deep knowledge of the history of Italy, of its Christian heritage, of the spirituality of the sanctuaries and the monasteries. His role clearly outgrows that of a regular tour escort as he will give spiritual, cultural and historical explanations to the group all along the way. However, in some Unesco or national monument sites, only local guides are authorized to guide. In these specific cases, it will be mentioned in your program.

DAY 1: Monday, November 2, 2015 - ROME:  Depart the USA from Boston and fly to Dublin where you connect to a flight into Rome. M

DAY 2: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - Upon arrival in Rome, you will be met by your English speaking guide and escorted to your motor coach.  On the drive into Rome, you will visit the Janiculum (Gianicolo) which is one of the best locations in Rome for a scenic view of the innumerable domes and bell towers that pierce the skyline.  You continue for a guided tour of the Catacombs San Callisto and visit Basilica Saint Paul Outside the Walls before checking into your Rome hotel.  Dinner and overnight Rome. D

DAY 3: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - ROME:  After breakfast in your hotel, you will have a Papal audience (subject to the presence of the Pope).  Lunch on your own and then you visit the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the world and the Forum, the large rectangular plaza at the center of Rome that was, for centuries, the center of Roman public life.  You will continue to the Basilica Saint-Clement, a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement where you can explore the building excluding entrance to the crypt.  Dinner and overnight Rome. BD

DAY 4: Thursday, November 5, 2015 - ROME:  Breakfast at your hotel and then you will have a guided visit of the Vatican Museums, located within the boundaries of Vatican City.  The museums display works from the vast collections built up by the popes throughout the centuries.  You will visit the famed Sistine Chapel and marvel at the ceiling painted by Michelangelo.  You will continue to the Basilica of St. Peter for a guided visit and, time permitting, have prayer time at the tomb of John Paul II.  Lunch on your own.  Dinner and overnight Rome. BD

DAY 5: Friday, November 6, 2015 - ROME:  After breakfast at your hotel, you will visit the Papal Archbasilica of St. John in the Lateran, commonly known as St. John Lateran's Archbasilica.  It is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope.  You will visit the Basilica of Saint-Mary-Major, a papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Church in Rome dedicated to Mary.  (Lunch on your own).  In the afternoon, you will take a guided walk in baroque Rome from the famous Trevi fountain to Navone Piazza.  You will see the Pantheon, Gesu church and the Church Saint-Louis-des-FrançaisPlease note that the church Saint-Louis-des-Français opens at 4 pm.  Dinner and overnight Rome. BD

DAY 6: Saturday, November 7, 2015 - ROME TO ASSISI:  After breakfast at your hotel, you will bid goodbye to Rome and travel to Assisi (115 miles), the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order in the town in 1208, and St. Clare, the founder of the Poor Sisters, which later became the Order of Poor Clares after her death.  The 19th century Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows was also born in Assisi.  You will have the opportunity to visit Rocca Maggiore, a medieval fort built in the 12th century, which sits on a hill far above Assisi.  From here, you will have fantastic views of Assisi.  You will have lunch on your own and then explore the Papal Basilica Saint Francis of Assisi. Circumstances permitting, you will have the opportunity of having prayer time at the tomb of Saint Francis.  You will continue for a visit to the Cathedral of Assisi which is dedicated to Rufinus of Assisi.  It is here where St. Francis and St. Clare were baptized.  Now we visit the Basilica of Saint Claire where the body of Saint Clare is entombed and have time for prayer at her tomb.  Dinner and overnight Assisi. BD

DAY 7: Sunday, November 8, 2015 - ASSISI:  After breakfast at your hotel, you will visit the San Damiano Monastery, which is a church with a monastery that was built in the 12th century.  It was the first monastery of the Order of Saint Clare, where Saint Clare built her community.  You will then transfer by taxi to the Carceri, located on the slope of Mount Subasio just outside the walls of Assisi.  It is here where St. Francis and his followers established their first home at the Carceri Hermitage.  St. Francis returned here many times during his life to pray and contemplate.  Lunch on your own and then you will visit The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Saint Mary of the Angels).  The basilica was constructed between 1569 and 1679 enclosing the 9th century little church, the Porziuncola, the most sacred place for the Franciscans.  It was here that the young Francis of Assisi understood his vocation and renounced the world in order to live in poverty among the poor and thus started the Franciscan Movement.  There will be time for prayer in the Porziuncola Chapel.  Dinner and overnight Assisi. BD

DAY 8: Monday, November 9, 2015 - ASSISI to FLORENCE:  You will have breakfast at your hotel and travel to Florence (112 miles).  Along the way you will stop at Orvieto and San Gimignano.  You will continue to Florence and explore The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, which is the main church of Florence.  It is also known as the Duomo of Florence and was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style and was completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Brunelleschi.  In the surrounding cathedral complex, you will see the Giotto Campanile, the Baptistry, and the Brunelleschi Cupola.  Dinner and overnight Florence. BD

DAY 9: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - FLORENCE:  After your hotel breakfast, you will take a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous of all of Europe’s galleries.  You will walk along the Ponte Vecchio, the medieval stone closed bridge over the Arno River which is known for the many shops built along both sides.  You will have lunch on your own and then visit the Basilica Santa Maria della Croce built in the Lombardic Renaissance style.  Dinner and overnight Florence. BD

DAY 10: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - FLORENCE:  You will have breakfast in your hotel and then explore the Museum of the Convent of San Marco which houses a famous collection of manuscripts.  You will have lunch on your own followed by an afternoon at leisure with the motor coach and the guide/tour leader at your disposal.  Dinner and overnight Florence. BD

DAY 11: Friday, November 12, 2015 - FLORENCE to VENICE:  After breakfast, you will travel by motor coach to Venice (160 miles) where you will take a private boat to the center of Venice, San Marco Square.  You will explore the Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, one of the greatest churches in Venice with the designation of minor basilica.  It is dedicated to the Assumption. You will visit the Scuola Grande San Rocco where, in 1564, Tintoretto was commissioned to provide all of the art work for the building.  Dinner and overnight Mestre. BD

DAY 12: Saturday, November 13, 2015 - VENICE:  You will transfer to the city center of Venice after your hotel breakfast by boat from Tronchetto to San Marco (roundtrip ticket).  Today you will take a guided walking tour of Venice where you will walk along the Piazza San Marco.  You will visit the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, commonly known as Saint Mark's Basilica.  It is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Venice and is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Italo Byzantine architecture.  You will also explore the Doge’s Palace, which was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice, opening as a museum in 1923.  After you have lunch on your own, you will see the Bridge of Sighs, an enclosed bridge connecting the interrogation room in the Doge’s Palace to the prison.  You will also see the Academy bridge and visit the Palazzo Contarini del which is a small palace best known for its external spiral staircase and many arches.  Afterwards, you will have a gala farewell dinner with wine in Venice and then return by boat from San Marco to Tronchetto and continue to Mestre by motor coach.  Dinner in a Venice restaurant and overnight at Mestre. BD

DAY 13: Sunday, November 14, 2015 - After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA making a connection in Dublin before arriving in Boston this afternoon. BM

Price: $3,899.00*.  PRICING BASED ON MINIMUM OF 22 PILGRIMS:  Pricing based on double occupancy including airline taxes and fuel surcharges which are currently $396.27 and may change.  If taxes and fuel price changes, the change will be reflected on your final invoice.

* Pricing is based on double occupancy.  Single Supplement: $499.00.

Please note that group is limited to 25 pilgrims.  After 25 applications have been received, any further applicants will be placed on a waitlist on a first come first served basis.

Pricing is based on exchange rate of 1 Euro = 1.09 USD.  If rate changes, price may change.

Final payment due August 1, 2015

$400.00 per person deposit due no later than June 1, 2015 with registration and copy of passport.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until August 1, 2015:  $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After August 2, 2015:  NO REFUND

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.

Leader Contact Information:
Father Jurgen Liias:  Email:  Jurgen.Liias@gmail.com  Telephone:  781-223-5651
Mrs. Catherine DiPirro:  Email:  Catherinedipirro@msn.com  Telephone:  781-307-2474