THE SITES OF MERCY HOLY YEAR OF MERCY - CENTRAL ITALY


Day 1:

Private transfer fromFiumicinoAirportto Hotel inRome

 

AFTERNOON: Walking tour in the center of Rome

In the afternoon a Private English Speaking Guide will lead you on a walking tour of the historic center of Rome, including Piazza del Popolo, St. Maria del Popolo, SS: Ambrogio e Carlo, Piazza di Spagna, St. Andrea delle Fratte, Trevi Fountain, SS. Apostoli, Piazza venezia, St. Marco Evangelista

 

Day 2:

Breakfast in the hotel inRome

St. Peter, Catacombs and St. Paolo

Rome, the "EternalCity," has been a sacred place and internationally important city since ancient times.

The tour will start with St. Peter's Basilica, the major basilica inVatican Cityand the visit of the Tombs of the Popes. St. Peter's was until recently the largest church ever built and it remains one of the holiest sites in Christendom. Contrary to what one might reasonably assume, St. Peter's is not a cathedral - this honor inRomegoes to St. John Lateran.

St. Peter's Basilica stands on the traditional site where Peter - the apostle who is considered the first pope - was crucified and buried. St. Peter's tomb is under the main altar and many other popes are buried in the basilica as well. Originally founded byConstantinein324, St. Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in the 16th century by Renaissance masters including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini.

In the morning you will make your way to the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, housing the Tomb of St. Paul the Apostle, affectionately known as the Apostle of the Gentiles. It was here that On April 22, 1541, Ignatius and five Companions made their solemn vows, and then celebrated Mass at the altar of the Virgin. You will then proceed to the Catacombs, the underground burial site of the early Christians

 

 

Day 3:

Breakfast in the hotel

 

The Basilicas of Rome

This full day tour will be dedicated to the visit of the most important Basilicas of the Roman Christianity.

The tour will include the visit of the Basilica of the Holy Cross inJerusalemthat keeps the Relics of the Passion of Jesus in the Chapel of Relics upstairs the left aisles. The most famous ones are the fragments of the Holy Cross of Jesus, found by St. Helena on Calvarium inJerusalem, St. John Lateran. It is here that St. Francis persuaded Pope Innocent III to give permission to begin the Franciscan Order. Nearby is the Holy Stair, the legendary stairs which Christ climbed prior to be convicted by Pontius Pilate, St. Maria Maggiore the largest church inRomededicated to the Blessed Mother, St. Lawrence outside the walls, an ancient basilica with a wealth of early Christian artifacts. You will conclude with a brief visit of Coliseum from outside.

 

Day 4:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from hotel in Rometo Assisiwith a stop in Greccio for the visit of the Hermitage

 

The New Bethlehem:  Greccio

Set within the rock like an eagle’s nest, the Greccio hermitage is an extraordinary fusion of architecture and nature. The edges of the building blend into the lush Holm-oak woods that greeted Saint Francis on his solitary retreats. The Sanctuary is famous because Saint Francis ofAssisichose it as the backdrop to one of the highest and most lyrical moments in his life: the first recreation of the Bethlehem Nativity in Christianity on Christmas Eve, 1223.

Day 5:

Breakfast in the Hotel inAssisi

 

St Francis Home:  Assisi

This morning will be dedicated to a guided tour ofAssisi.

Assisiis best known as the birthplace of St. Francis ofAssisi— Patron Saint ofItaly, founder of the Franciscan order and one of the most popular Catholic saints in history.Assisi's main attraction is the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, which contains the sacred relics of Francis and beautiful frescoes of his life. There are at least seven other churches well worth visiting for their history, beauty and connection with Francis or his friend Clare. The town of Assisi, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines, has been a major Catholic pilgrimage destination for centuries and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy.

 

Day 6:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from hotel in Assisito Lanciano with a stop in Loreto

 

The Sanctuary of Loreto Holy House: Loreto

The splendid City ofLoreto, tucked inside the countryside of the Marches Region, owes its fame to the Sanctuary (or Basilica) where the Santa Casa della Vergine Maria (Shrine of the Holy House of the Virgin Mary) is preserved and venerated. It is a holy place defined by Pope John Paul II as “the true Marian heart of Christianity.” The Sanctuary has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites for the Catholic faith for centuries.

The Loreto Holy House is the first Sanctuary of International importance dedicated to the Virgin and the true Marian heart of Christianity.

 

Day 7:

Breakfast in the Hotel in Lanciano

 

Lanciano and Manoppello: the Sanctuary of the Eucaristic Miracle and the Holy Face

A daily excursion to visit the Holy place of Lanciano and Manoppello.

The Miracle of Lanciano dates back to the eighth century: during Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood. It has been certified by the Catholic Church as a Eucharistic miracle.

In the afternoon you will have a special possibility to visit the Basilica of the Holy Face, one of the most suggestive place of the Catholic Church.

The “Holy Face” is a very tenuous Veil, stretched between two framed panes of glass. In order to avoid running the risk of damaging the mysteriously impressed Image, the Veil has not yet been removed from the reliquary to verify scientifically the kind of staple that at a glance seems to be an ancient sea-byssus fiber, a precious "marine silk" also found inside some sarcophagi of the Egyptian pyramids, the "fine linen" mentioned forty-six times, neither more nor less, in the Bible.

Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus is an ancient devotion in the Catholic Church and has been cultivated in every century.

 

Day 8:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Lanciano to San Giovanni Rotondo with a stop in Pietralcina

 

On the footstep of Padre Pio: The Birthplace
Today you will visit sites associated with the life of this simple Capuchin monk noted for his deep humility, pious exercises and the stigmata he bore of the wounds of Christ. You will move then to Pietralcina, birthplace of St. Padre Pio. You will have the possibility to visit thechurch of Santa Maria degli Angeli where St. Padre Pio celebrated his first Mass, followed by visits of his home and theSacredFamilyChurch, which houses a museum dedicated to

the life of the saint. 

 

Day 9:

Breakfast in the Hotel in San Giovanni in Rotondo

 

On the footstep of Padre Pio: The Miracle Place 

San Giovanni Rotondo is a town in theprovinceofFoggia, famous throughout the world as the home of Saint Pio of Pietralcina (1887-1968) from 1916 until his death. The Capuchin friar, Padre Pio, who was canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, performed important miracles in San Giovanni Rotondo which attracted many believers who wished to receive favors. His spiritual presence is still intense today, where the body of the saint is displayed and visited by Christian pilgrims. The beautiful countryside of theGarganoNational Parkthat surrounds the town also adds to its mystical atmosphere.

 

Day 10:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel in San Giovanni in Rotondo toBariAirport

 

 

 

*According to the tours clients will have the possibility to celebrate daily masses

 

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