GLOBUS 2017: Grand Catholic Italy - Faith-Based Travel (TV)
10 days from Rome to Padua
Home to numerous places of devotion and worship-not to mention exquisite art and architecture-Italy is the perfect destination for travelers looking to rejoice in their faith. On this Italy tour, you'll overnight in Rome, the heart of Christianity; Assisi, where St. Francis was born, worked, and died; Florence, one of the world's most beautiful cities; and Padua. Along the way, you'll visit-and even attend Mass at-many of Italy's treasured basilicas.In Rome, you'll visit the four major Papal basilicas: St. Peter's Basilica, the world's largest Christian church; St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome's second-largest basilica and the burial place of St. Paul the Apostle; St. John Lateran Basilica, the Western World's oldest basilica and the Papal residence until the 14th century; and St. Mary Major Basilica, the most important Roman church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Also in Rome, you'll attend the Papal audience (subject to availability), receive the Papal Blessing, and visit the Holy Stairs, brought from Jerusalem around 326 AD by Constantine the Great's mother. In Assisi, in addition to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, you'll visit the Monastery of St. Damian, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard Christ's voice, and Carceri Hermitage, a peaceful oasis where St. Francis came to pray. In Florence, attend Mass at Santa Maria Novella Basilica, a gothic masterpiece, and visit Santa Croce Basilica, with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, and others. Finally, in Padua, founded more than 3,000 years ago, visit the Basilica of St. Anthony, dating to the 13th century. From Padua, an excursion to Venice includes a visit to St. Mark's Basilica, where you can attend Mass. These are just some of the many highlights on this inspirational Italy tour.
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- 10 Days
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|Day 1||Rome||Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening's welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (D)|
|Day 2||Rome||Your spiritual journey begins with a major highlight: a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber River and visit the COLOSSEUM, the largest amphitheater ever built; and see the Roman Forum, site of military processions, elections, trials, and the overall center of Roman public life for centuries. (B)|
|Day 3||Rome||This morning, attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, one of Rome's four major Papal basilicas, and explore the mysterious ancient CATACOMBS that run under the city. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA and the HOLY STAIRS, which were brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Officially, pilgrims may only ascend these 28 white marble steps on their knees. Then, visit the hallowed halls of ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA, another of Rome's four major Papal basilicas. (B)|
|Day 4||Assisi||Depart Rome today and head north into Umbria for a stop in Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the 'Saint of the Impossible.' Visit the BASILICA, see the tomb with the saint's incorrupt body, and attend [M] Mass. Also visit the lower basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Continue to hilltop Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the 'Bride of Christ,' and the PORZIUNCOLA, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209. (B,D)|
|Day 5||Assisi||Attend [M] Mass this morning, followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the BASILICAS OF ST. FRANCIS and ST. CLARE, and see the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. A short trip by minibus takes you to the CARCERI HERMITAGE, a peaceful oasis in the woods of Mount Subasio where St. Francis came to pray. Finally, visit the MONASTERY OF ST. DAMIAN, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare is still intact, and is where she died in 1253. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent medieval Spello. (B)|
|Day 6||Florence||Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. In Siena, meet your Local Guide and learn all about St. Catherine as you visit the BASILICA OF ST. DOMINIC, the SANCTUARY, and the HOUSE. Then, enjoy a walk through the ancient narrow lanes and visit beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. Afternoon arrival in Florence, 'Cradle of the Renaissance.' (B,D)|
|Day 7||Florence||This morning, attend [M] Mass at SANTA MARIA NOVELLA, the city's first great basilica. Then, embark on a guided walking tour that visits the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo's David. Admire the magnificent Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze 'Gate of Paradise,' and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Then visit SANTA CROCE BASILICA with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and others. (B)|
|Day 8||Padua||Travel through the Apennine Mountains to arrive in the flat Po area. In Padua, a guided visit of the BASILICA OF ST. ANTHONY shows you the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles. (B)|
|Day 9||Padua||A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter the city in style by PRIVATE BOAT and see the sights with your Local Guide. Visit lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS, ST. MARK'S SQUARE and its BASILICA, where you may wish to attend Mass. Time at leisure or take an optional gondola ride. Return to Padua and join your traveling companions for a farewell dinner with wine. (B,D)|
|Day 10||Padua||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Venice). (B)|
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