Pictures from the Italy

In the Steps of St. Francis

Episcopal Youth Pilgrimage to Italy

Led by:

The Rev. Andrew McMullen
Trinity by the Cove Episcopal
Naples, FL

March 31 – April 8, 2009

Trip map

DAY 1, Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - Depart the United States on a wide-body jet for our trans-Atlantic flight.  Dinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - We will arrive at the Rome airport where we will board a private motorcoach and depart Rome to travel north to Florence.  Overnight Florence. B

DAY 3: Thursday, April 2, 2009 - This morning we will be free to explore on our own.  After lunch we will visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its magnificent dome, Bell Tower and Baptistery.  The Baptistery has golden doors designed by Ghiberti representing scenes from the Life and Passion of Christ. We visit the Museum of the Duomo to see Donatello's sculpture of Magdalene and then visit the Accademia and see Michelangelo's famous statue of David.  After dinner we continue on to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis and a city whose walls have hardly changed since the Middle Ages.  Overnight Le Stuoie Guest House, Assisi. B

DAY 4: Friday, April 3, 2009 - A full day outside the walls exploring where St. Francis began his ministry.  This morning we will walk to the church of San Damiano where St. Clare lived and where St. Francis received his vision to "rebuild the church".  We continue on to Santa Maria degli Angeli, the baroque church which was built over the Porziuncola, the little chapel restored by St. Francis.  It is here in a spartan cell that St. Francis died.  We will also visit Eremo Delle Carceri, a monastery in the dense woodlands on the side of Monte Subasio.  It was here, in caves on the slope of the mountain, where Francis and his followers established their first home and to which he returned often during his lifetime to pray and meditate.  Overnight Le Stuoie Guest House, Assisi. BLD

DAY 5: Saturday, April 4, 2009 - This morning we will take the half-hour walk to Cannara.  Outside the town are the fields of Pian d'Arca which legend identifies as the site of St. Francis' sermon to the birds.  We will visit the church of Santa Chiara, dedicated to St. Clare, who was one of the earliest and most fervent of Francis' followers.  We will see the Cappella del Croscifissco, the cross that spoke to St. Francis and led him to a life of piety.  Now we will return to Assisi to visit the Basilica di San Francesco which contains an imposing series of frescoes by Giotto including 28 scenes from the life of St. Francis.  Here in the Basilica we will see the crypt where the remains of St. Francis rest.  The remainder of the day we will be free to explore Assisi on our own.  Overnight Le Stuoie Guest House, Assisi. BLD

DAY 6: Sunday, April 5, 2009 - This morning we begin our journey toward Rome as Francis did in the spring of 1209.  We will travel along the "Highway of the Sun" and visit Greccio to see the Greccio Monastery.  It is here that St. Francis celebrated Christmas in 1223 by placing a manger and live animals before the altar which started the custom of making creches or manger scenes at Christmas.  We will see the Chapel of the Crib.  We continue on to Rome where we will then enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a visit to the Coliseum prior to arriving at our hotel for overnight.  Time permitting we will visit the church of St. John the Lateran.  Overnight Casa Tra Noi, Rome. BD

DAY 7: Monday, April 6 2009 - We will have a morning visit to the Catacombs, the burial site of thousands of Roman Christians.  (Pending confirmation we will celebrate Eucharist in the Catacombs.)  After lunch, we visit St. Paul's Inside the Walls, an Anglican church within the walls of ancient Rome.  We will spend time with the refugees at the Joedl Nafuma Refugee Center, a ministry of St. Paul's.  Overnight Casa Tra Noi, Rome. BD

DAY 8: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - This morning we enjoy some free time to explore on our own in small groups with a chaperone.  At 12 noon we meet our local guide for a tour of the Vatican State, an entire European state comprising only 109 acres, ruled by the Pope, and having its own postage stamps, coinage, anthem and flag.  Within the boundaries of the Vatican stands St. Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter was buried after he had been martyred in Nero's Circus.  The first chapel on the right as you enter St. Peter's contains the Pieta', the moving and powerful masterpiece carved by Michelangelo.  We will tour the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the beauty created by Michelangelo on its ceiling.  We will end the day with a "Pizza making" dinner in a local restaurant.  Overnight Casa Tra Noi, Rome. BD

DAY 9: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - After breakfast we will depart for the airport for our return flight home arriving back in the United States this afternoon. BL

Price: $2,379.00 .  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Miami, FL.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement $139.00.

Final payment due December 18, 2008

The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro.  Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.40515 to the Euro

Cancellation Penalties
◊ October 1, 2008 – December 18, 2008 - $100.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ December 19, 2008 – February 26, 2009 - $200.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After February 27, 2009 : NO REFUND

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Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, S Snack

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