Shrines of Northern Italy & Rome - Faith-Based Travel


  • 9 days

  • Italy

  • Steady pace

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Overview

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Catholic heritage in Italy extends well beyond the Vatican. Discover the inspiring Catholic Italian icons of northern Italy. From Milan’s St. Ambrose to Turin’s St. John 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 spend two full days in Rome, focusing on the Papal legacies. Visit many inspiring places of worship that instill a sense of solemnity and serenity.

Small Group Discovery

Each Cosmos faith-based vacation is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted vacation, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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2021 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY

Day
1

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

Dedicate the morning to Milan's most important Catholic churches: ST AMBROSE BASILICA and the DUOMO. St Ambrose is the patron saint of bee keepers, beggars, learners and Milan. Celebrate M Mass and admire the treasures of the Basilica and the Duomo with a Local Guide.

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. The city was also home to St. John Bosco, the priest who founded the Salesian religious institute to help poor children with their education during the industrial revolution. Your visit includes the HOLY SHROUD MUSEUM, the BASILICA OF ST. MARY AUSILIATRICE, and a video on St John Bosco's rooms, currently under renovation. You’ll have time to appreciate the elegance of this city and former capital of Italy before attending M Mass.
Today's Distance: 90 mi / 145 km

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. Its medieval peninsula is protected by walls and a bridge connecting it to the mainland.
Today's Distance: 245 mi / 395 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

PADUA–POMPOSA–RAVENNA.

Day
5

Attend morning M Mass and visit ST. ANTHONY BASILICA in Padua with a local guide, then enjoy 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.
Today's Distance: 85 mi / 137 km

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 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.
Today's Distance: 221 mi / 355 km

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) and the HOLY STAIRS. Said to have led Jesus to the praetorium of Pontius Plate, the stairs were transferred to Rome by Empress St Helena. Finally, visit ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA, where a reliquary contains wood from the Holy Crib. Attend M Mass here before returning to your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME.

Day
8

Visit the PAPAL SUMMER RESIDENCE in Castel Gandolfo. Wander through its GARDENS, an opportunity to reflect and meditate in quiet and relaxing surroundings. Walk through the rooms where many Popes have spent the summer months enjoying 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 museums, or you can spend time at leisure enjoying the many monuments of ancient Roman heritage.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ROME

Day
9

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Departure April 9 Easter in Padua; no Papal audience on September 14 departure.

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