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Cosmos Spiritual Highlights of Italy – Faith-Based Travel (5300)

9 days from Rome to Rome 
With its many places of worship, Italy is a destination for travelers who want to rejoice in their faith. On this inspirational tour, you'll celebrate Mass, have an opportunity to attend the Papal Audience, visit the Papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo and learn about some of Italy’s most beloved saints. Learn about St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a modern-day saint who was canonized in 2002. Visit the Shrine of Monte Sant'Angelo, one of Christendom's most celebrated shrines and where St. Michael the Archangel appeared. See the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, reflect in the Holy House of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Loreto and visit the basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare in Assisi. You'll see why Italy is a must for faith-based travelers and for art lovers.

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Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

ROME
Papal audience in the Vatican (subject to availability), visit the four Major Basilicas of Rome, and the Papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

PIETRELCINA and SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Follow in the footsteps of St. Pio

MONTE SANT’ANGELO
Visit the Shrine

LANCIANO and LORETO
Visit the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle and the Holy House

ASSISI
Familiarize yourself with the life of St. Francis

CASCIA
Visit the Sanctuary

[M] MASS SERVICES:
Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo, Lanciano, Assisi

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
 Welcome to Italy! Check into your hotel, with rest of the day free to explore on your own. This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers, and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey. Later this evening, a welcome dinner awaits at your hotel. (D)
Day 2ROME.
 This morning, attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, with a Local Guide visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, burial place of St. Paul the Apostle and one of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas, along with ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century. Next, visit the Papal sanctuary of the SCALA SANCTA (Holy Stairs), transported from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, Emperor Constantine’s mother. These 28 marble steps are traditionally ascended in a kneeling position with a prayer recital dedicated to Jesus Christ. Then, visit the impressive ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA and attend [M] Mass. (B)
Day 3ROME. EXCURSION TO CASTEL GANDOLFO.
 A different, quite unique experience is offered today. We will take an included excursion to Castel Gandolfo, a quaint village in the hills outside Rome, to visit the PAPAL SUMMER RESIDENCE and GARDENS with a Local Guide. Visit the rooms that have been occupied by many popes over the centuries and enjoy the opportunity to reflect and meditate in quiet and relaxing surroundings. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure in Rome or join the optional excursion to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, world famous for Michelangelo’s impressive fresco of The Last Judgment. (B)
Day 4ROME–PIETRELCINA–SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO.
 Before leaving the capital city of Italy, step back in time with the help of a Local Guide and experience the power and beauty of Imperial Rome on the included orientation. On your way south, stop in quaint Pietrelcina, birthplace of the beloved St. Pio, before heading towards San Giovanni Rotondo on the east coast, the Saint’s home from 1916 until his death in 1968. (B,D)
Day 5SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO. EXCURSION TO MONTE SANT’ANGELO.
 Attend [M] Mass this morning at SANTA MARIA DELLE GRAZIE (Old Church), then visit the FRIARY of Padre Pio, including his tomb, cell, confessional, and the PADRE PIO PILGRIMAGE CHURCH (New Church). Afterwards, take a short drive to the nearby SHRINE OF MONTE SANT’ANGELO, one of Christendom’s most celebrated shrines, where St. Michael the Archangel appeared in 490, 492, and 1656. (B,D)
Day 6SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO–LANCIANO–LORETO–ASSISI AREA.
 Visit ST. FRANCIS’ church in Lanciano, home of the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle, and attend morning [M] Mass. Continue to the LORETO SANCTUARY, including the HOLY HOUSE, where, according to tradition, angels transported the home of the blessed Virgin Mary. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. (B,D)
Day 7ASSISI.
 Today, learn more about St. Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment. Attend early morning [M] Mass at ST. FRANCIS BASILICA, famous for its 14th-century Giotto paintings depicting the life of St. Francis. Meet your Local Guide and visit the UPPER and LOWER BASILICAS of St. Francis and the BASILICA OF ST. CLARE, founder of the Order of Poor Clares. Next, visit the BASILICA of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated at the foot of Assisi’s hills and protecting the Porziuncola, where St. Francis is said to have founded the Order of Friars Minor in 1209, and the Cappella del Transito, where the saint died in 1226. (B)
Day 8ASSISI AREA–CASCIA–ROME.
 Travel to Cascia this morning, situated in Umbria and home of St. Rita, the “Patron Saint of Impossible Causes.” Visit the SANCTUARY and see the Major Basilica, the chapel that houses the tomb of St. Rita. Also, see the Minor Basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle that is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Return to Rome for a final overnight stay. (B)
Day 9ROME.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily, 4 dinners

Cosmos Pricing Details

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$340

Guaranteed shares available

No triple room reduction.

Cosmos Notes

Departure April 16 Easter; Departure May 21 St. Pio’s Feast Day in San Giovanni Rotondo (May 25); Departure September 19 Anniversary of the passing of St. Pio (September 23) – no papal audience on this departure.

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*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 09/25/2018 $1,349.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/25/2018 $1,349.00
10/09/2018 $1,249.00
04/16/2019 $1,449.00
Guaranteed Departure 04/23/2019 $1,499.00
04/30/2019 $1,499.00
05/07/2019 $1,499.00
05/14/2019 $1,499.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/21/2019 $1,499.00
06/04/2019 $1,499.00
06/25/2019 $1,499.00
07/09/2019 $1,399.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/06/2019 $1,399.00
09/03/2019 $1,499.00
09/10/2019 $1,499.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/19/2019 $1,499.00
09/24/2019 $1,499.00
10/01/2019 $1,499.00
10/08/2019 $1,499.00
10/15/2019 $1,499.00
10/22/2019 $1,469.00
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