SPIRITUAL HIGHLIGHTS OF SOUTHERN ITALY HOLY YEAR OF MERCY - SOUTH ITALY


Day 1:

Private transfer from Fiumicino Airport to Hotel in Rome

 

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 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 Napleswith a stop in Montecassino for the visit of the Abbazia

 

The Benedictine Monastery: Montecassino Abbey

The Abbey of Montecassino is one of the most known Abbeys in the world.

 In 529 Saint Benedict chose this mountain to build a monastery that would host him and those monks following him on the way from Subiaco. Paganism was still present here, but he managed to turn the place into a well-structured Christian monastery where everybody could have the dignity they deserved through praying and working.

 

Day 5:

Breakfast in the Hotel inNaples

 

Naples city tour

After breakfast, meeting with the guide for a tour ofNaplesto visit the main churches and monuments of the town. The day will be dedicated to  visit of the most important Cathedral important places of the Chatolic worship inNaplessuch as “St. Maria Assunta Cathedral”, also known as St. Gennaro Cathedral. Then you will visit the historical center of Naples and St. Severo Chapel inside which you can see the famous “Veiled Christ”, one of the most famous and suggestive sculptures in the world made by a young Neapolitan artist, Giuseppe Sanmartino. This sculpture represents Jesus Christ on his death bed, covered with a transparent shroud all sculptured in one piece of marble.

The tour will continue with the visit of othe important places of the Criastianity as the Basilica of St. Francesco di Paola, which characterizes the beautifulPlebiscito Square.

 

Day 6:

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

Pompeii between Art and Faith

Today you will enjoy a full day tour ofPompeii, city of art and faith.

You will have the possibility to visit the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary famous for its painting on canvas of late Seventeenth Century, mounted in a bronze elegant frame, object of popular worship and devotion.

Lunch will be at leisure and in the afternoon you will visit the archaeological ruins ofPompeii, the city destroyed together withHerculaneumand Stabiae by a flow of ash, lapillus and lava during the eruption of the Volcano Vesuvius in 79 B.C.

 

Day 7:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from hotel inNaplesto Messina Hotel

 

Rest of the day at leisure

 

Day 8:

Breakfast in the Hotel inMessina

 

Messina and Tindari tour

Welcome toSicily!

In the morning you will visit the most important sites of the beautiful city ofMessina.

The most important monument is the Cathedral, which was erected during the 12th CenturyNormandominion and its style resembles that of both the Basilica of Saint Nicholas and the cathedral atBari.

Then you will proceed to visit Tindaris. The town suffered the effects of a landslide at the end of the 1st  Century AD, and an earthquake in 365 AD. Tindaris was the most important Greek city in this vicinity, though most of what the visitor sees today was constructed during the Roman period. You will have the opportunity to see the very important Christian Sanctuary that sits high on the hill above the city. It is famous for its black Madonna statue that draws visitors from afar, and gives it its name, Sanctuary of the Black Madonna.

Day 9:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from hotel inMessinato Syracuse Hotel

 

Rest of the day at leisure

 

Day 10:

Breakfast in the Hotel inSyracuse

 

Syracuse and the "Our Lady of Tears" Sanctuary

The day will be fully dedicated to the visit ofSyracuse. The guide will explain aboutSyracuse, arch enemy ofAthens, once capital ofMagna Graeciaand the most powerful city of the Greek world.

You cannot miss the visit to the "Our Lady of Tears" Sanctuary, one of the most peculiar monuments in all ofSicily. Designed to evoke a gigantic teardrop, the structure was created in 1994. It houses a statue of the Madonna that supposedly wept for 5 days in 1953. So-called chemical tests showed that the liquid was similar to that of human tears.

 

Day 11:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from hotel in Syracuseto Palermowith a stop in Agrigento for the visit to the Valle dei Templi

 

Valley of the Temples: the site and the Greek Temples at Agrigento

The archaeological area known as the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, is one of the most important archeological sites in the world and a Unesco world heritage site since 1998. Along a long rocky scarp, chosen as the southern limit of the town, are still sited the great temples of ancient Akragas: the Temple of Hera (Juno) Lacinia, Concordia, Heracles (Hercules), Olympian Zeus (Jupiter), Castor and Pollux (Dioscuri) and Hephaistos (Vulcan). Further down, on the bank of the Akragas river, near a medical spring, stood theTemple dedicated to Asklepius (Eusculapius), the god of medicine.

 

Day 12:

Breakfast in the Hotel inPalermo

 

Palermo capital of Sicily

Palermois the capital and the most important city of allSicilylocated between theTyrrhenian Seaand the Conca D'oro Mountains.

In the morning you will visit the most important site of Palermo: Palazzo dei Normanni,  where  you will see to the Cappella Palatina. The best example of the Arab – Norman – Byzantine art inPalermo. The chapel is adorned with extraordinary Norman-Byzantine mosaics and represents a very elegant harmony of styles and different religions: Norman architecture and décor, Arabic Arches and scripts embelling the roof,  Byzantine style in the mosaics and dome.

 

Afternoon at leisure

 

Day 13:

Breakfast in the Hotel

 

S. Rosalia Sanctuary and Monreale

Today you will enjoy the visit of two important and famous sites of the Catholic religious: The Cathedral of Monreale and Monte Pellegrino. The Cathedral of Monreale orChurchofSanta Mariala Nuova is the best example of the architectural Norman style  inSicily. The most spectacular aspect of the Cathedral are the magnificent series of mosaics throughout the whole interior, which cover about 7000 sq.m, surpassing even Venice’s San Marco.

Then you will transfer to Monte Pellegrino for the visit of the holy Sanctuary of St. Rosalia.

This sanctuary was built around XVII century in honor of the patron ofPalermo. It’s a suggestive place thanks to its position: situated in a cave almost on the top of Monte Pellegrino, in its inside it keeps the bones of St. Rosalia, found by a hunter during the plague period.

 

Day 14:

Breakfast in the Hotel

Private transfer from Hotel inPalermotoPalermoAirport

 

 

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

 

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