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Italy Pilgrimage
 Fr Bob & Our Lady of the Woods

November 6 - 16, 2023

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Price - TBD

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Day 1, November 6, 2023 (Monday): Detroit>Rome 

Depart USA on overnight flight to Rome, Italy

 

Day 2, November 7, 2023 (Tuesday): Rome 

Upon arrival in Rome we will be greeted by our tour escort and bus driver. We will set the tone for our pilgrimage right away when we celebrate Holy Mass at the Major Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.  This one of four Major Basilicas in Rome we will visit during our pilgrimage.  We will then check into our 4-star hotel.  Welcome Dinner at local restaurant. (D)

Day 3, November 8, 2023 (Wednesday): Rome

Papal Audience -The Audience with the Pope consists of small teachings and at the end of the Audience, the Pope will pray the Our Father, and will impart his Apostolic Blessing upon the crowd which also extends to loved ones that are sick and suffering. Lunch at a local restaurant.  The Vatican Museums - The Vatican Museums contain masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes through the centuries.  St Peter’s Basilica - St. Peter's is one of the holiest sites in Christendom, standing on the traditional site where Peter was crucified and buried. Holy Mass at St Peter's.  We return to our hotel before dinner at Restaurant il Jubileum.  (B|L|D)

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Day 4, November 9, 2023 (Thursday): Rome 

This morning we visit the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Galloro, also know as Our Lady of the Woods, and the name sake of Our Lady of the Woods Parish in Woodhaven, MI.  Here, along the Appian Way, we will learn the history of this revered site and celebrate Holy Mass.  We then tour the famous Catacombs of St Sebastian.  After lunch at a local restaurant, we will enjoy a City Tour including views of The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon.  Remainder of the day free to enjoy Rome. (B|L) 

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Day 5, November 10, 2023 (Friday): Rome – Florence - Tuscany

After an early breakfast, we travel to The Renaissance City of Florence.  Upon arrival we'll check into our hotel before you enjoy lunch and the rest of the afternoon on your own to explore Florence.  Later in the afternoon we'll meet at the hotel before going out for dinner at a local restaurant featuring the famous “Bistecca alla Fiorentina” (Steak Florentine).  Overnight in Florence. (B|D)

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Day 6, November 11, 2023 (Saturday): Florence - Tuscany

After breakfast we will enjoy a full day tour of Florence including the Galleria dell’Accademia, Santa Maria del Fiore Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica, and the Ponte Vecchio.  Lunch at a local restaurant and remainder of the day free. For those interested, there will be an optional wine tasting and dinner in the Tuscan countryside.  Back to the hotel for overnight in Florence.    (B|L)

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DAY 7: November 12, 2023 (Sunday): San Gimignano, Siena & Assisi

Today we visit the small walled medieval hill town of San Gimignano, known as the Town of Fine Towers, where we will celebrate Holy Mass.  A walking tour and then lunch on your own before departure for Siena, the home of St Catherine and the beautiful Siena Cathedral (Duomo di Siena).  Guided tour before departing for Assisi. Dinner in Assisi.  (B|D)

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DAY 8:  November 13, 2023 (Monday): Assisi 

Half day guided tour of Assisi including the Papal Basilica of St Francis and the Basilica of St Clare.  Holy Mass in Assisi or Santa Maria degli Angeli.  Lunch and afternoon free to enjoy Assisi before we motor coach back to Rome. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B|D)

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DAY 9: November 14, 2023 (Tuesday): Rome 

Today we will visit the St Peter in Chains Minor Basilica before a half day guided tour with views of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.  After lunch at a local restaurant, we will visit St John Lateran Basilica and Cathedral, The Holy Steps and St Mary Major Basilica.  Back to hotel and dinner on your own.  (B|L)
 

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DAY 10: November 15, 2023 (Wednesday): Castel Gandolfo & Montecassino

Half day guided tour of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo.  Now a museum, it had served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the Pope. This afternoon we travel south to the Benedictine Abbey of Montecassino, one of the most famous abbeys in the world.  Lunch in a local restaurant in Cassino before Holy Mass at Montecassino Abbey. Return to Rome for our Farewell Dinner.  (B|L|D)

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DAY 11: November 16, 2023 (Thursday): Rome>Detroit

After breakfast, transfer to Rome airport for our flight back home after a life changing pilgrimage through Italy. B 

 

* double occupancy (single supplement $775)

Itinerary subject to change

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