ART AND FAITH HOLY YEAR OF MERCY - NORTH ITALY


Day 1:

Private transfer fromMalpensaAirportto Hotel inMilan

 

Rest of the day at leisure

 

Day 2:

Breakfast in the hotel inMilan

The Last Supper of Jesus

Today you will visit the most important sites ofMilan: the Duomo, La Scala (from outside) and then you will arrive inSanta Mariadelle Grazie.

Leonardo da Vinci has painted the Last Supper in the refectory of the convent of Santa Mariadelle Grazie at the behest of Ludovico il Moro, in a span of time ranging from 1494 to1497. In1999, after more than twenty years of work, it was concluded that the last conservative intervention by the removal of so many repainting, has brought to light the remains of the original drafts.

 

Afternoon at leisure

 

Day 3:

Breakfast in the hotel

 

Verona and Padua a one-day religious experience of faith

In the morning you will be transferred toVeronato visit the Santuario della Madonna di Lourdes, located on the hills ofSt. Leonard.

The building is a peace place that offers plenty of photo opportunities and is one of the greatest sightseeing stops inVerona. Tourists could admire the colorful gardens and small pathways which lead to theAdigeRiver.

In the afternoon you will continue toPaduafor the visit of the city. The tour will include the important churches and basilicas, following an itinerary which goes from the Cathedral and the Baptistery, to the Basilica of Saint Anthony, the Basilica of Saint Justina and the Sanctuary of Saint Leopold.

 

Day 4:

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

The Holy Shroud and the Black Madonna – A day excursion in Turin and Graglia

An exciting day of discovery awaits you! First stop you will travel toTurin. You will explore the city's major monuments and Piazza Castello with its beautiful buildings. A highlight of the day will be the Cathedral and Museum of the Holy Shroud.

TheShroudMuseumis unique in the world, it has the aim of pursuing the devotion spread, study and knowledge of the sacred linen. Its rooms show full details on the research on the Shroud conducted since 500, and deepen into historical scientific, devotional and artistic aspects.

After lunch you will continue to the Santuario Santa Maria di Loreto in Graglia, located at2,664 feetabove sea level with splendid panoramic views of theElvaValley. In Graglia you will see the statue of the Black Madonna of Loreto.

 

Day 5:    

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel inMilanto Hotel inFlorencewith a stop inBologna

 

Bologna and the Sanctuary of San Luca

Serving as the destination of many pilgrimages linked to the devotion of the Madonna, the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca is one ofBologna’s most well-known symbols. Situated atop Guardia Hill, the Sanctuary also serves as a reassuring visual landmark for Bolognese people returning to their town

 

Day 6:

Breakfast in the Hotel inFlorence

 

Florence and Siena walking tour: Art and faith

This morning you will have the possibility to admire the most famous religious places ofFlorence

Piazza del Duomo marksFlorence’s religious heart, home to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo) the Campanile, or "bell tower"; and the Battistero, or Baptistery.

Although many masterpieces inside the Cathedral have been transferred to the Museum Opera del Duomo, you can still admire the works of great artists such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Niccolò da Tolentino, Andrea del Castagno, Vasari, Zuccaro, Antonio Del Pollaiuolo and Paolo Uccello. However, the most spectacular achievement in Santa Maria del Fiore is definitely Brunelleschi’s dome.

In the early afternoon you will transfer toSienafor a visit that will mix art and sacredness.

The guided tour will let you admire the Basilica of San Domenico, with the sacred relic of St. Catherine, and will take you on a stroll through the enchanting city center. 

 

Day 7:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel inFlorenceto 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 central Rome, including Campidoglio, St. Maria Aracoeli, Chiesa del Gesu’, St. Ignazio, Pantheon, St. Maria Sopra Minerva, St. Agostino, Piazza Navona and St. Agnese

 

Day 8:

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 9:

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 10:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel inRometoRomeAirport

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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