Day 1 – September 30, 2017
Afternoon departure from Toronto to Rome.
Day 2 – October 1, 2017
Morning arrival in Rome. Upon arrival transfer to San Giovanni Rotondo, time for rest, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – October 2, 2017
Full day in San Giovanni Rotondo. We start our day with Mass at the Church where Padre Pio said Mass most of his days, and then we visit His tomb and the museum. Later time for The Way Of The Cross, some free time for rest and individual prayers, dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – October 3, 2017
After early breakfast we depart for Monte de San Angelo, the oldest shrine in Europe dedicated to the archangel Michael. Continue to Monte Cassino, site of the oldest Benedictine monastery and witness of one of the fiercest battles of the WWII. Late afternoon arrival in Rome for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – October 4, 2017
This morning we attend the Audience with the Holy Father. Afternoon our tour of Rome takes us to the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Chains, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, view the Coliseum, Forum Romanum and Trevi fountain. Mass in one of the churches in Rome. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – October 5, 2017
In the morning we visit the St. Peter’s Basilica and the tomb of John Paul II. Later we travel to Assisi, the city of St. Francis, where we celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
Day 7 – October 6, 2017
After breakfast we visit the upper and lower basilica and continue to the church of St. Mary of the Angels. Continue to Florence for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – October 7, 2017
Full day in Florence, the cradle of Renaissance. Our guided tour of the city takes us to the church of Santa Croce, a visit to the basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza Signora and Ponte Veccio. After lunch free time for leisure. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 – October 8, 2017
This morning we depart Florence traveling north to Padua, the city of St. Anthony. We visit the basilica dedicated to St. Anthony and his tomb. Continue to Venice for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 – October 9, 2017
Full day in Venice. We relish the sights and sounds of this serene city including canal cruise by motor launch to St. Mark’s Square. We view the bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Afternoon some free time for shopping before our return to the hotel in Venice for dinner and overnight.
Day 11 – October 10, 2017
After breakfast we leave for the airport in Venice for a flight via Rome to Toronto. Afternoon arrival.
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