Pictures from the Italy

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

Youth Pilgrimage to Italy
In the Footsteps of St. Francis

Led by:

Laura Lenaeus
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
Carrollton, GA

May 29 – June 5, 2014

Trip map

DAY 1: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Depart the Atlanta Airport for our flight into Rome on Delta Airlines.  Meals on board the aircraft. M

DAY 2: Friday, May 30, 2014 - We arrive at the Rome airport where we meet our driver and board our private motorcoach and transfer into the “Eternal City”.  We enjoy a panoramic tour of Rome during which we will see the Pantheon, the Vatican, Castel San Angelo and many more sites.  We continue for our guided tour of the Colosseum, considered the symbol of Rome’s eternity, it was completed under Titus in 80 A.D. and is where over 55,000 spectators could watch the gladiatorial games.  Dinner and overnight Rome. D

DAY 3: Saturday, May 31, 2014 - This morning we enjoy 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 tour the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the beauty created by Michelangelo on its ceiling.  Pending Confirmation we visit the Scavi, excavations beneath St. Peter's Basilica, to see the tomb of Saint Peter.  Time permitting we will venture out in small groups (transportation not included) to explore areas on our own such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona.  Dinner and overnight Rome. BD

DAY 4: Sunday, June 1, 2014 - This morning we worship at St. Paul's Inside the Walls, an Anglican church within the walls of ancient Rome.  Our journey continues as we travel to Assisi.  We travel along the "Highway of the Sun" and stop in 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 visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, where 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.  After dinner we will meet at the town square where we will discuss Francis' ministry and the significance of the square.  Dinner and overnight Assisi. BD

DAY 5: Monday, June 2, 2014 - This morning we enjoy 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 visit the church of Santa Chiara, dedicated to St. Clare, who was one of the earliest and most fervent of Francis' followers.  We see the Cappella del Croscifissco, the cross that spoke to St. Francis and led him to a life of piety.  We visit San Damiano, a church with a monastery built in the 12th century that was the first monastery of the Order of Saint Clare where Saint Clare built her community.  We return to Assisi to visit the Basilica di San Francesco which contains one of the most imposing series of frescoes, 28 scenes from the life of St. Francis, by Giotto, and the crypt where the remains of St. Francis rest. The remainder of the day we will be free to explore Assisi on our own.  Dinner and overnight Assisi. BD

DAY 6: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - We have morning prayer in Assisi followed by a visit to Isola Maggiore, where Francis went on retreat for 40 days.  We enjoy some time on the beach on the island before we continue to La Verna where we visit the site where St. Francis received the stigmata.  Dinner and overnight La Verna. BD

DAY 7: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - After breakfast we depart for Florence.  We will have some time to explore Florence in small groups with chaperones before meeting our guide at 2 PM.  We 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 Santa Maria Novella and then the Accademia and see Michelangelo's famous statue of David.  Dinner and overnight Florence. BD

DAY 8: Thursday, June 5, 2014 - We transfer to the Florence Airport for our return flight home.  We board our Air France flight to Paris. There we transfer to our flight back to the Atlanta Airport.  We return home with an appreciation of the links between our country and Italy and the important part Italy has played in the movement of Christianity around the world. BM

Contact Laura Lenaeus for Pricing.*  Price is based without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport on Delta Airlines.  Air transportation available from other cities.  * Air taxes and fuel as of September 17, 2013: $655.11 per pilgrim (not included in the cost of the pilgrimage and is subject to change until the tickets are issued).

** 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 $1.36 to the Euro. **

*Price DOES NOT include trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

It is recommended that you purchase additional coverage. Go to our website and click on Travelex Insurance to read the coverages and rules regarding existing conditions or call 800-228-9792 Location # 09-1983.

Deposit due with registration and copy of passport.

Final payment due February 27, 2014

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until February 27, 2014:  $150.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ February 28 – April 11, 2014:  $250.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ After April 12, 2014:  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.