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Holy Italian

Duration 11 days

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A place of pilgrimage, piety and miracles – your journey through Italy will take you to the Vatican City, Assisi, Florence and Venice as you delve into centuries of Catholic history.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Arrive Rome (4 Nights)
Our spiritual interlude with Italy begins in the Eternal City. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a day of rest, or take to the streets exploring the city at leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening.
Hotel: Una
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Rome Sightseeing and Free Time
Trace the history of Rome through the ages, beginning in Ancient Rome where you’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a sightseeing tour of the Colosseum. View the Circus Maximus, then travel to St. Peter’s Square where you’ll have some free time to explore, shop for mementos and even join a Mass in the Basilica if you wish. Gather in St. Peter’s Square at noon to hear the Angelus prayer and receive the Papal blessing (subject to his availability). Later, we’ll visit St. Mary Major Basilica and St. Paul Outside the Walls, the burial site of St. Paul the Apostle.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 3

Rome
‘Dive Into Culture’ and gain priority access to the Vatican Museums this morning. Admire Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel when it is less crowded and visit St. Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s much-admired Pietà. Then join a ‘Local Specialist’ for a visit to the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran and see the Scala Sancta which have been declared Roman Catholic relics. These Holy Stairs are said to have been on the path that Jesus Christ walked on his way to trial during his Passion in Jerusalem, and were relocated by St. Helena to Rome in the 4th century. Today, the steps lead to the Sancta Sanctorum, the personal chapel of the early Popes. This evening you’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Meal: Breakfast,Regional Dinner

DAY 4

Rome – Castel Gandolfo Excursion
This morning we travel to Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of His Holiness. Visit the 17th-century Apostolic Palace, which has been opened as a museum by Pope Francis and walk in the footsteps of Popes throughout the centuries. Return to Rome where you will have the rest of the day to enjoy at your leisure.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 5

Rome – Cascia – Assisi (2 Nights)
Embrace the impossible when you visit the shrine of St. Rita in Cascia and learn how she came to be known as the ‘Saint of Impossible Causes’. Her body lies interred in a chapel inside the Basilica of St. Rita, which also preserves a 14th-century Eucharistic Miracle. We journey to Assisi next, where we’ll visit the Basilica of Saint Mary of Angels. It was here that a young Francis of Assisi renounced the world to live in poverty among the poor and started the Franciscan movement. Enjoy two nights at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ – a fully renovated Franciscan convent. After a day of devotion, spend the evening with your new friends enjoying dinner at your hotel. After a day of devotion, spend the evening with your new friends enjoying dinner at your hotel.
Hotel: Cenacolo
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 6

Assisi Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning join a Franciscan friar for a guided sightseeing tour of the Basilica of St. Francis. After attending mass you’ll have time for lunch on your own before meeting your ‘Local Specialist’ for the afternoon. Visit the Basilica of St. Claire and St. Damian Monastery where St. Francis began his religious journey, shedding his wealth and embracing the spirit of poverty. You’ll also visit the Carceri Hermitage – a steep wooded sanctuary where the saint once came to pray and contemplate.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 7

Assisi – Siena – Pisa – Florence (2 Nights)
Continue to Siena where you’ll meet a ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour of the city. Stroll through the ancient streets to Piazza del Campo where the colourful Palio horse race takes place every year. Then visit the Basilica of San Domenico and learn about the life of St. Catherine of Siena, one of the outstanding figures of medieval Catholicism who had a strong influence on the history of the papacy. Continuing our journey to Florence, we stop in Pisa to see its Square of Miracles and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Hotel: Grand Mediterraneo
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 8

Florence Sightseeing
There are few cities in the world with the artistic legacy that Florence enjoys and you’ll have an opportunity to witness it first-hand when you join your ‘Local Specialist’ for a walking tour which includes views of the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio. Visit Santa Croce, the main Franciscan church in Italy, then take some time to shop for high-quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery for which the city is famous. This evening you’ll ‘Connect with Locals’ over a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner in the Chianti countryside.
Meal: Breakfast,Be My Guest

DAY 9

Florence – Padua – Venice (2 Nights)
Our pilgrimage continues to Italy’s Veneto region, where the medieval city of Padua is our next stop. Our visit will include a guided tour of “il Santo”, the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of Lost and Found. We’ll enjoy a moving Mass in the basilica before continuing to Venice.
Hotel: Le Boulevard
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 10

Venice Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning, we ‘Dive Into Culture’, admiring the extraordinary works of the master craftsmen on Giudecca Island as they reveal centuries of glassblowing tradition. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square where you’ll join your ‘Local Specialist’ for a guided sightseeing tour including a visit to the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica. You’ll have a full afternoon to explore the labyrinthine calli of Venice on your terms before joining your travel companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.
Meal: Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 11

Depart Venice
Your journey through Italy’s most sacred and spiritual sites comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ATTEND MASS in Rome, Assisi and Padua.
  • VIP ADMISSION to the Vatican Museums
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua and Venice
  • VISIT the four major Papal Basilicas, the Scala Sancta (Holy Staircase) and the Colosseum in Rome, Castel Gandolfo, the Shrine of St. Rita in Cascia, the Basilica of St. Francis, the Basilica of St. Claire and the Carceri Hermitage in Assisi, the Basilica Cateriniana in Siena, Santa Croce Cathedral in Florence, the Basilica of St Anthony in Padua and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
  • VIEW the ancient sites of Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio in Florence, St. Mark’s Square, the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge’s Palace in Venice
  • SCENIC CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice

Dining Highlights

  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Holy Italian

A place of pilgrimage, piety and miracles – your journey through Italy will take you to the Vatican City, Assisi, Florence and Venice as you delve into centuries of Catholic history.

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