Southern Italy

9 giorni / 8 notti

Upon arrival at Rome airport you will be met by the tour guide and transferred to Naples, one of Italy’s largest cities. On arrival enjoy an orientation tour that will include a visit to the Church of St. Januarius and the Church dedicated to St. Alphonsus. Continue to Sorrento where you will enjoy dinner and overnight.

After breakfast depart for a morning excursion to Pompeii, an ancient city that was covered by volcanic lava during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius over 2,000 years ago. Also visit the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary. Return to Sorrento. The afternoon will be on your own to explore, shop or just relax. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast at the hotel in Sorrento depart for San Giovanni Rotondo, the small town closely associated with the life of Padre Pio. En route, stop in Pietrelicina where Padre Pio was born and grew up. In San Giovanni Rotondo, visit his tomb, cell and confessional, and the old church where he received the stigmata, as well the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, a newer church. Overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.

Depart for Loreto in the morning with a brief stop in Lanciano, where there was a Eucharistic Miracle of Jesus that took place. Continue to Loreto. On arrival visit the Basilica that contains the home of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we depart Loreto for Assisi, the town of St. Francis. On arrival start your guided visit at the Basilica of St. Francis (view the exquisite artwork of Giotto). Continue with walking tour of the city, visiting the major sites associated with St. Francis, including the Chiesa Nuova, built over the home of Francis’ family and the Church of San Rufino, with the baptismal font of the Saint. Then we make our way to the Church of St. Clare, where St. Clare lies in repose. Balance of the day at your leisure. Dinner and overnight.

This morning depart Assisi for Rome. On the way, stop in Orvieto, where a Eucharistic Miracle is preserved in the Cathedral of Orvieto. Upon arrival in Rome enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast enjoy a wonderful half day tour of Rome. We will visit three of the four major basilicas of Rome: St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major. Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour from of some of the other important sights of Rome including the Palazzo Venezia, the Circus Maximus, the Forum, the Arch of Constantine and the world famous Colosseum. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, and the world famous Vatican Museums, featuring a visit to the Sistine Chapel. Afternoon at your leisure. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast bid farewell to the Eternal City and transfer to Rome airport.

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