JOURNEY IN THE CRADLE OF CATHOLICISM
DAY 1 – ROME
Arrival at Fiumicino airport and meeting with our local assistant who will transfer us by private motorcoach to our hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 2 – ROME /ASSISI/LANCIANO
Breakfast at hotel. Departure by private motorcoach to Assisi the home town of St Francis and St Clare, the cradle of the Franciscan Order known for its laws of charity. We will visit the astounding Basilica built on three levels with works of Giotto and Cimabue, masters of the early Renaissance art. On the lowest level we will pay a visit to St Francis tomb. We then walk up to St Clare’s Basilica and to San Damiano for a visit. Upon departure by our motorcoach we go down the hill of Assisi and we stop by Santa Maria degli Angeli to visit the Porziuncola the site where St Francis died. We go north to Lanciano, the city of the 1st Eucaristic Miracle of the Catholic Church when in VIII° century A.D. the bread and the wine became flesh and blood. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 3 – LANCIANO/LORETO
Breakfast at hotel. Our day in Lanciano will include a visit to St Francis’ Church where it is kept the remain of the blood and flesh of the miracle. We move on to San Agostino church and to St Mary Majors church. At the end of our visit we board our private motorcoach to reach Loreto, a lovely town in the heart of Marche region known for its Black Madonna statue worshipped by thousands of pilgrims. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 4 – LORETO/SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Breakfast at hotel. We will pay a visit to the Santuario della Casa where according to tradition in 1294 a band of angels flew the house of the Virgin Mary from Nazareth to this place where lots of laurels grew. Bramante, Sangallo and Vanvitelli gave their contribution to the church. We have some time for our prayer and reflections, then we head south by private motorcoach to San Giovanni Rotondo the city of Padre Pio. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 5 – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Breakfast at hotel. Our day will include a visit to the Sanctuary, the house for the relief of sufferings and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The rest of the afternooon is free for our devotion. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 6 – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO/ROME
Breakfast at hotel. Today we board our private motorcoach for the longest trip of our itinerary heading north to go back to Rome. Upon arrival we check-in at our hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DAY 7 – ROME
Breakfast at hotel. We leave our hotel to reach by private motorcoach Leonardo da Vinci’s airport where we board our flight home.
End of our services.