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Shrines of Italy - Faith-Based Travel

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Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Religious touring

This affordable journey through Catholic heritage in Italy allows you to witness the most visited shrines of the country, from north to south. Discover the inspiring Catholic Italian icons of northern Italy: From Milan’s St Ambrogio to Turin’s Don Bosco and Padua’s St Anthony, you’ll collect memories and inspiration that will remain with you for life. Admire in awe the early Christian works of art of the Byzantine era in Ravenna, and finally spend two full days in Rome, dedicating your attention to the Papal legacies and visiting many inspiring places of worship instilling a sense of solemnity and serenity. From here, your spiritual experience continues to the places of St Pio, Petrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo, and to the Sanctuaries of Loreto and Lanciano. You’ll also feel the magic atmosphere of Assisi, home to Saint Francis, immersed in the enchanting hills of Umbria. Attend Mass in Milan’s Basilica and travel to Turin—home of the Holy Shroud Museum, and conclude your journey with the opportunity to attend the Papal Audience in Rome if possible. Our comprehensive and affordable Italian vacation takes you to the religious shrines of northern Italy. Follow in the footsteps of saints and stand near the sites of miracles.

At a glance

Milan Attend Mass at St. Ambrose Basilica; visit the Duomo

Turin Full-day with focus on the Holy Shroud and St. John Bosco

Pavia Admire the Carthusian Monastery

Padua Follow in the footsteps of St. Anthony

Ravenna Discover its Byzantine mosaics

Rome Attend the Papal audience (subject to availability), visit the four Papal Major Basilicas and the Papal summer residence

Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo Learn about St. Pio’s life

Lanciano and Loreto Visit the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle and Holy House ASSISI Get to know St. Francis’ home town

Cascia Visit the Sanctuary

Mass Services: Milan, Turin, Padua, Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Assisi (all subject to change of venue)

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Overview

This affordable journey through Catholic heritage in Italy allows you to witness the most visited shrines of the country, from north to south. Discover the inspiring Catholic Italian icons of northern Italy: From Milan’s St Ambrogio to Turin’s Don Bosco and Padua’s St Anthony, you’ll collect memories and inspiration that will remain with you for life. Admire in awe the early Christian works of art of the Byzantine era in Ravenna, and finally spend two full days in Rome, dedicating your attention to the Papal legacies and visiting many inspiring places of worship instilling a sense of solemnity and serenity. From here, your spiritual experience continues to the places of St Pio, Petrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo, and to the Sanctuaries of Loreto and Lanciano. You’ll also feel the magic atmosphere of Assisi, home to Saint Francis, immersed in the enchanting hills of Umbria. Attend Mass in Milan’s Basilica and travel to Turin—home of the Holy Shroud Museum, and conclude your journey with the opportunity to attend the Papal Audience in Rome if possible. Our comprehensive and affordable Italian vacation takes you to the religious shrines of northern Italy. Follow in the footsteps of saints and stand near the sites of miracles.

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 7 dinners

UK - Milan, Italy

Day
1

Fly to Milan where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Check into your hotel and, if you have time, start exploring this busy city on your own before meeting your tour companions and tour director during the included welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Milan

Day
2

Early morning Mass at St. Ambrose Basilica. After mass, a local guide will show you the treasures of the Basilica and the Duomo, the iconic cathedral and symbol of Milan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Milan - Turin

Day
3

Turin is known in the Catholic community worldwide as the home of the Holy Shroud, only available to the public on very special occasions, and St. John Bosco, the priest that founded the Salesian religious institute. Your visit includes the HOLY SHROUD MUSEUM, the BASILICA OF ST. MARY AUSILIATRICE, and the CAMERETTE DI DON BOSCO. You’ll have time to appreciate the elegance of this city and former capital of Italy before attending Mass in the Cathedral.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Turin – Pavia – Sirmione - Padua

Day
4

Pavia is home to a beautiful CARTHUSIAN MONASTERY, built in the 1400s by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan. The monastery is one of Italy’s “hidden treasures” with lavish decorations and monks who still live a traditional life of seclusion and prayer. On the way to Padua, you’ll also stop in Sirmione, a charming village on Lake Garda, with a medieval peninsula protected by walls and a bridge connecting it to the mainland.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Padua – Pomposa - Ravenna

Day
5

Attend morning Mass at the ST. ANTHONY BASILICA in Padua and enjoy a visit with a local guide, followed by a short city sightseeing and time on your own. In the afternoon, on the way to Ravenna, we’ll stop to see the ABBEY OF POMPOSA, where the Benedictine monk Guido d’Arezzo invented modern musical notation in the 11th century.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Ravenna - Rome

Day
6

UNESCO declared the early Christian monuments of Ravenna as having “outstanding universal value.” Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. It has a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. All buildings—the Mausoleum of Galla Placida, the NEONIAN BAPTISTRY, the BASILICA OF SANT’APOLLINARE NUOVO, the CHURCH OF SAN VITALE, and the ARCHBISHOP’S CHAPEL OF ST. ANDREW—were constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries. They show great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Greek-Roman tradition, Christian iconography, and oriental and Western styles. The morning is dedicated to discovering these masterpieces and focusing on the Byzantine-style mosaics with a local guide. In the afternoon, travel to Rome.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Rome

Day
7

Today you have the unique chance to attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE in the Vatican (subject to availability). Afterwards, enjoy an included city tour with a local guide to see the BASILICA OF ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, where St. Paul was buried after his martyrdom, ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA, the Cathedral of Rome and the seat of its Bishop (the Pope) famous for the Holy Stairs. Said to have led Jesus to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate, the stairs were transferred to Rome by St. Empress Helena. Finally, visit ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA, where a reliquary contains wood from the Holy Crib. Attend Mass here before returning to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome

Day
8

Visit the PAPAL SUMMER RESIDENCE in Castel Gandolfo. Wander through the GARDENS, an opportunity to reflect and meditate in quiet and relaxing surroundings. Walk through the rooms where many Popes have spent the summer months in the cooler countryside on the hills outside Rome. Later, you can join the optional excursion that will take you back to St. Peter’s to discover the treasures of the Vatican museum, or you can spend time at leisure enjoying the many monuments of Roman heritage.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome – Pietrelcina - San Giovanni Rotondo

Day
9

Dedicate the morning to an orientation of Imperial Rome with a local guide. Then, start your journey southward to stop in quaint Pietrelcina, birthplace of the beloved St. Pio, and continue towards San Giovanni Rotondo on the eastern coast, the Saint’s home from 1916 until his death in 1968.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Giovanni Rotondo. Excursion To Monte Sant’angelo

Day
10

Attend Mass this morning at SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE (Old Church), then visit the FRIARY of St. Pio, including his tomb, cell, confessional, and the PADRE PIO PILGRIMAGE CHURCH (New Church). Afterwards, take a short drive to the nearby SHRINE OF MONTE SANT’ANGELO, one of Christendom’s most celebrated shrines and where St. Michael the Archangel appeared in 490, 492, and 1656.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Giovanni Rotondo – Lanciano – Loreto – Assisi area

Day
11

Visit ST. FRANCIS’ church in Lanciano, home of the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle, and attend morning Mass. Continue to the LORETO SANCTUARY, including the HOLY HOUSE, where, according to tradition, angels transported the home of the blessed Virgin Mary. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Assisi

Day
12

Today, learn more about St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment. Attend early morning Mass at ST. FRANCIS BASILICA, famous for its 14th-century Giotto paintings depicting the life of St. Francis. Meet your Local Guide and visit the UPPER and LOWER BASILICAS of St. Francis and the BASILICA OF ST. CLARE, founder of the Order of Poor Clares. Next, visit the BASILICA of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated at the foot of Assisi’s hills and protecting the Porziuncola, where St. Francis is said to have founded the Order of Friars Minor in 1209, and the Cappella del Transito, where the Saint died in 1226.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Assisi area – Cascia – Rome

Day
13

Travel to Cascia this morning, situated in Umbria and home of St. Rita, the “Patron Saint of Impossible Causes.” Visit the SANCTUARY and see the Major Basilica, the chapel that houses the tomb of St. Rita. Also, see the Minor Basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle that is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Return to Rome for a final overnight stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Rome - UK

Day
14

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Things to note

Departure 14 September -  Anniversary of the passing of St. Pio (September 23) – no papal audience on this departure.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Milan - Starhotels Business Palace

An icon of industry transformed into a landmark of luxury. This 247-room hotel is set inside a converted early 1900s factory and facilities include a fully-equipped fitness room which boasts a panoramic view of the city, two verdant internal courtyards and a lounge bar with a billiards table. A rich menu and a wide selection of wines featuring intriguing labels from Italian vineyards can be enjoyed in the restaurant and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout.

  • Location

    Via privata Pietro Gaggia, 3, Milano, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Turin - Holiday Inn Massaua

Holiday Inn Massaua is a recently fully refurbished hotel with modern rooms and spacious common areas. There's a 24-hour mini-gym, onsite meeting rooms, an airy restaurant and a lobby bar. The old city centre is a short ride away from the metro station outside, there's easy access to the main motorway, and Turin Sandro Pertini Airport is only 25km away.

  • Location

    Piazza Massaua, 21 Turin, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Padua - Hotel NH Padova

NH Padova hotel (formerly known as NH Mantegna) is an easy walk from Padua's historic center, and just 900 meters from the city's main train station. The hotel itself is a modern affair that blends comfort with cutting-edge design. It was originally named after the painter Andrea Mantegna and is dotted with reproductions of his work The hotel's 190 rooms are stylishly appointed and the in-house restaurant offers stunning city views and a daily breakfast buffet, as well as incredible food and wine from all over Italy with specialities from the local region. There's also a stylish lounge bar for late-night cocktails.

  • Location

    Via Niccolo Tommaseo, 61 Padova, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Ravenna - B&B Hotel Ravenna

This modern comfortable hotel is very close to the city's main historical center and offers spacious air conditioned rooms with common areas to enjoy down time and rest after a long day of travels. There is a handy B&B Shop offering a wide selection of fresh beverages and sweet and savoury snacks.

  • Location

    Viale Della Lirica, 141 Ravenna, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Rome - Hotel Oly

This 103-room property is located in a quiet area of Rome's business district, just a short walk away from San Paolo Metro Station. A smart contemporary dining room offers typical regional dishes and Free Wi-Fi access is provided throughout.

  • Location

    Via del Santuario Regina degli Apostoli, 36, Roma, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

San Giovanni Rotondo - Parco Delle Rose

This family-run, 205-room hotel boasts a large outdoor area with an Olympic-size swimming pool, a wonderful sun terrace and a room with a grand piano. The in-house restaurant offers both traditional and international cuisine and Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the property.

  • Location

    Viale Also Moro San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

Assisi Area - Casa Leonori

Casa Leonori is located in Santa Maria degli Angeli, facing the Subasio Hills on which lies the Assisi Basilica. This 60-room hotel is set in its own courtyard and boasts a a gourmet restaurant and spacious communal areas. The adjacent courtyard offers a nice alternative to relax with its green and peaceful location. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the property.

  • Location

    Via G. Borsi, 11 / 13 Santa Maria Degli Angeli, Assisi, Italy

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

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