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Pilgrimage of the Saints of Italy 2016-17

Join Fr. Ray Schimdt and Fr. Larry Swink on a SJSP pilgrimage to Italy's great saints and sacred sites over Christmas break 2016-17.


         Dec. 26, 2016 - Jan. 6, 2017    ♦    $2,999 from Washington, DC                     


 ♦ Round-trip Airfare from Washington, DC

 ♦ Airport taxes and fuel surcharges

 ♦ Daily Mass

 ♦ 4 star hotels in convenient locations:

     • 1 night Milan\Dec.  27-28: Motkinba Hotel Baviera Milan

     • 4 nights Rome\ Dec. 28-Jan.1: at Hotel dei Consoli Vaticano, Residenza Paolo VI Hotel, or

                                                            Hotel Della Conciliazione

     • 1 night Pompeii\Jan. 1-2: Hotel Pompeii Resort

     • 1 night San Giovanno Rotondo\Jan. 2-3: Hotel Vittoria

     • 1 night Loreto\Jan. 3-4: Best Western David Palace

     • 2 nights Assisi\Jan. 4-6: Hotel Giotto

♦ Breakfast and dinner daily at upscale restaurants, not at the hotel. Wine served with dinner for those

        allowed to drink.

♦ All tips to driver, hotels, restaurants, and tour guides

♦ Guided tours and tour fees.

♦ Luggage Handling (1 piece per person)

♦ Lunch in Osimo on Jan 4th at Osteria Moderna

♦ Transportation by motor-coach


Optional:  Travel Insurance optional.  Click here for information and pricing.


Not Included: Lunches, items of a personal nature




 ♦ Day 1 - Mon., Dec. 26: Depart Dulles International Airport.  Late morning pilgrim Mass at St. John's, then travel to Dulles by charter bus.  Fly overnight with meals served on board.


 ♦ Day 2 - Tues., Dec. 27: Milan - Turin - Milan

Arrive in Milan. Visit the grave of St. Gianna Barretta Mola at the Cemetary of Mesero (based upon early morning arrival) and then bus to Turin and see Frassati, Bosco, Savio. Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians in Turin. Bus back to Milan for dinner.


 ♦ Day 3 - Wed., Dec. 28: Milan - Pavia - Bologna - Rome

Visit the Basilica of St. Ambrose (Mass) and then bus down to visit St. Augustine in Pavia, then to Bologna to visit St. Dominic at Basilica of San Domenico and the Church of Corpus Domini to see St. Catherine of Bolgona. Dinner in Bologna and then near Rome for overnight.


 ♦ Day 4 - Thurs., Dec. 29: Rome

Early Departure. Visit St. Peter in Chains and the Colosseum and then St. John Lateran and Scala Sancta. Break for lunch and then visit the Catacombs. After the Catacombs visit the Basilica of St. Lawrence and head to St. Mary Major for Mass followed by dinner and over-night in Rome.


 ♦ Day 5 - Fri., Dec. 30: Rome

Early start with Mass at St. Peter’s followed by free time to walk around the Basilica, then tour of the Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel, followed by free time to shop or to climb to the dome of St. Peter’s and quick lunch. In the afternoon visit St. Bartholomew, the Gesu for Mass and Santa Maria in Aracoeli.


 ♦ Day 6 - Sat., Dec. 31: Rome

Start the day with St. Paul outside the Walls, then to Piazza Na-vona and the Pantheon, Santa Maria in Vallicella, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Sant’ Ignazio, St. Monica, Basilica of Sant’ Agostino followed by dinner in the Piazza Navona area, and then a visit to St. Callistus at Mary Magdalene for Divine Mercy Chaplet before heading to the NAC for fireworks.


 ♦ Day 7 - Sun., Jan., 1: Rome - Nettuno - Monte Cassino - Mugnano del Cardinale - Pompei

Depart Rome by 7:30am. Bus to Maria Goretti in Nettuno and then bus to Monte Cassino to visit Benedict and Scolastica, then to Mugnano del Cardinale to see St. Philomena, then to Pompei to the Madonna del Rosario Sanctu-ary and Bl. Bartolo Longo.


 ♦ Day 8 - Mon. Jan., 2: Pompei - Pagnani - Salerno - Materdomini - San Giovanni Rotondo 
Begin the day with St. Alphonsus Liguori in Pagnani and then travel to see St. Matthew and Salerno, then to St. Gerard Majella in Materdomini, then to San Giovanni Rotondo for dinner and overnight.


 ♦ Day 9 - Tues., Jan. 3: San Giovanni Rotondo - Lanciano - Manoppello - Loreto

Visit Padre Pio Shrine and Monte San’Angelo (Cave of St. Michael), then bus up the Adriatic Coast to Lanciano, then to the Holy Face Sanctuary in Manoppello and then to Loreto for dinner and overnight.


 ♦ Day 10 - Wed., Jan. 4: Loreto - Osimo - Assisi

Start the day visiting the Holy House in Loreto, travel to Osimo for St. Joseph of Cupertino (patron saint of students) and lunch at Osteria Moderna (included in cost). Then bus to Assisi to visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and spend time in Assisi before and after dinner.


 ♦ Day 11 - Thurs., Jan. 5: Assisi

Visit the Basilica of St. Clare and the Basilica of St. Francis followed by free time in Assisi and farewell dinner.


 ♦ Day 12 - Fri., Jan. 6: Departure

Return flight from Rome to Dulles and charter bus from Dulles to St. John's.






Colosseum at night
Inside St. Peter's Basilica
Holy House of Loreto
Inside the Gesu
Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano
Basilica of St. Joseph of Cupertino
click photo for pics and a recap of our 2014-15 pilgrimage
Monte Cassino Abbey
Tomb of St. John Bosco, Turin
St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome
Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Pompei
Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, Turin
Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs), Rome
La Pieta by Michelangelo, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome
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