Miracles of the Eucharist

11 giorni / 10 notti


Upon your arrival in Milan, enjoy a short panoramic city tour and then continue to Padua, home of St. Antony, patron saint of lost things. Visit the richly decorated tomb inside the Basilica. One of the Catholic Church’s greatest preachers, his incorrupt tongue is kept in the Chapel of the Reliquaries. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast begin your journey with a guided half-day city tour in Venice to visit the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s palace (from outside). Enjoy some free time to explore Venice on your own. Return to Padua.

This morning depart for Siena, the birthplace of Saints Catherine and Bernardine. Upon arrival you will start your tour from Piazza del Campo, one of Italy’s finest squares. Then visit the Cathedral and St. Francis Basilica and view the incorrupt head of St. Catherine at the Basilica of St. Dominic. Continue to Orvieto for dinner and overnight.

Our morning visit in Orvieto includes the Cathedral, located in the town’s main square, which is undoubtedly the tiny town’s most important and unrivalled wonder. View the holy corporal containing the blood from the Eucharistic Miracle of Orvieto in 1263 that occasioned the proclamation of the Feast of Corpus Christi. Continue to Assisi for dinner and overnight.

 

After breakfast explore the hilltop birthplace of St. Francis. In the crypt of St. Francis Basilica lies the tomb of one of the most beloved saints of all time, St Francis of Assisi. See the Basilica of St. Clare and the Crucifix form which Jesus spoke to St. Francis, Basilica pf St. Mary of the Angels and the place where the Miracle of the Rucharist of Assisi took place in 1240, and the Porziuncola. Depart to Cascia, to visit the basilica of St. Rita, the Chapel with St. Rita’s incorrupt body, the Eucharist Miracle, Relics of St. Rita, including her wedding ring and habitat, and the Crucifiz from which St. Rita received the stigmata. Follow the Adriatic coast to Loreto for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we will visit the great Marian Shrine of Loreto and see the family home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph located inside the Basilica, since 1294. Time for lunch on own and then transer to Lanciano, where we will celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Longinus. This Church is the site of the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the 8th century. On our way to San Giovanni Rotondo, quick stop in Corato to visit the house, the museum and the Sanctuary of Luisa Piccarreta. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo

We will spend the day in and around San Giovanni to see the places associated with St Pio of Pietrelcina, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick, and supernatural gifts. Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of  Grace, that houses the tomb of Padre Pio. Later we visit the Grotto of St. Michael the  Archangel in Monte Sant’Angelo. It has been visited by countless popes and saints, including Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and St. Francis of Assisi, who considered it to be so holy that he would not even enter it. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Drive to Pompeii, the ancient Roman town mostly destroyed and buried in the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 AD. Visit the ancient ruins including the temple of Apollo, Jupiter and the Forum, the commercial district and many other Pompeii beauties that deserve to be seen. Visit as well the famous Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary and learn about the life of the Blessed Bartolo Longo, who built the shrine and dedicated his life to serving orphans and preparing them for careers. Mass will be celebrated there. On our way to Rome we will quickly visit at the Abbey of Montecassino, a beautiful town founded by St. Benedict in 529. Continue through the countryside heading to the Eternal City of Rome. Dinner and overnight.

Our journey in the Eternal City begins with a Christian Rome sightseeing tour which includes: the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, a shrine that contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus; the Holy Stairs, the Basilica of  St. John the Lateran, former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377;  St Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St Paul under its main altar; and the Appian Way, the oldest road from Roman times,plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus;  Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. Dinner and overnight.

Transfer to the Vatican City to join pilgrims from around the world for an audience with His Holiness Pope Francesco. Following the audience visit the crypt of Pope John Paul II and continue to the Appian Way to the Catacombs of St. Callistus to the Vatican Museums, and then pass by the Forum and the Coliseum. Before dinner, we’ll have some time at leisure, to explore your own paths, to shop, or just to sit in one of the outside cafes and watch the world going by.

After breakfast trasfer to the airport to catch your flight home.

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