Pilgrimage #2

Italy

Classic: May 31-June 20, 2021 (21 days)
Section 1: May 31-June 9, 2021 (10 days)
Section 2: June 9-June 20, 2021 (12 days)

PILGRIMAGE  OVERVIEW

From hiking in the alps to exploring Rome, this pilgrimage includes most of Italy’s best attractions: the Italian lakes, the Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Assisi. Kayaking, biking, and hiking are all part of the pilgrimage as well as some of the world’s most iconic museums: the Vatican Museum, the Uffizi, and the Borghese Gallery. Pray with St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Paul II, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, SS. Peter and Paul– and many more along the way!

“The higher we go, the better we shall hear the voice of Christ”
– Pier Giorgio Frassati

Itinerary

The cultural sites listed are only those with entrance fees included in the pilgrimage cost– we do not list all of the cultural sites we will be seeing for free. The outdoor adventure information is listed to give you a general idea of the difficulty level of the pilgrimage– please scroll down further for information on possible accommodations to lessen the activity level of the outdoor adventures.

The Italian Lakes (Days 1-3)

Our pilgrimage begins on beautiful Lago Maggiore at the foot of the alps. Visit the cliff-side Hermitage of St. Catherine before taking a ferry to the Borromean Islands and visiting the palace there with its stunning gardens. The following day we will kayak to an island on nearby Lago d’Orta to pray with a flourishing convent of nuns.

Includes:

  • The Hermitage of St. Catherine
  • The Borromean Palace and Gardens
  • Kayaking: 1-2 Hours

Frassati’s Alps (Days 3-5)

The Sanctuary of Oropa is a large complex dedicated to Our Lady near Frassati’s summer home in Pollone where Pier Giorgio used to love to go to Mass and hike. After hiking Mont Mucrone, and taking a dip in the lake if you like, we will also visit Pollone and all of the sites related to Pier Giorgio there. On our way to the next section, we will stop in Turin to pray at the tomb of Frassati, in the same cathedral where the Shroud of Turin is housed, and at the tomb of St. John Bosco.

Includes:

  • Hiking: 6-7 Hours; Amount of elevation change: High

The Cinque Terre (Days 5-9)

Enjoy a kayaking, hiking, and biking pilgrimage during this stay. Explore the colorful fishing villages, eat fresh seafood, and relax at our lodging at a sanctuary on a hill in the middle of a vineyard and olive grove overlooking the sea. Discover the rich spiritual tradition around the Cinque Terre that is often forgotten.

Includes:

  • Hiking: 1.5 Hours per day on average; Amount of elevation change: High
  • Biking: 2 Hours; paved bike path; Amount of elevation change: Low
  • Kayaking: 5 Hours

Tuscany (Days 9-16)

Visit Florence and all of the amazing art and architecture within the city: The Uffizi, the Academy, Santa Croce, the Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. After praying with the saints buried in Florence, we will then spend several days hiking on the Via Francigena where we will walk from one beautiful medieval town to another: San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Siena, San Quirico d’Orcia, and Radicofini. Each day will end with prayer in the amazing churches, and, of course, some local pasta!

Includes:

  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence [Classic, Section 1]
  • The Gallery of the Academy of Florence [Classic, Section 2]
  • The Basilica of Santa Croce [Classic, Section 2]
  • Hiking: 3-4 days on the Via Francigena; 15 miles per day on average; Amount of elevation change: Low to medium. One day is optional [Classic, Section 2]
  • The Cathedral of San Gimignano [Classic, Section 2]
  • The Cathedral of Siena [Classic, Section 2]

Assisi (Days 16-18)

The beauty, peace, and rich spiritual history of Assisi is the perfect place to rest after several days of hiking. Nestled on the side of a mountain with the valley below, Assisi boasts wonderful views, buildings, and churches. We will visit all of the major sites like the Basilica of St. Francis, the hermitage of St. Francis, San Damiano, the Basilica of St. Clare, and more.

Includes:

  • Hiking: 1.5 hours; Amount of elevation change: High.

Rome (Days 18-21)

We will hike to St. Peter’s Basilica along the Via Appia Antica stopping for mass in the Catacombs of St. Callixtus along the way. Nearby is the church built where St. Peter encountered our Lord and asked the famous question: “Lord, where are you going?” The rest of our time will be spent exploring the many small streets of Rome, the Vatican and Borghese Museums, and the amazing churches of the Eternal City.

Includes:

  • Hiking: 2-3 hours; Amount of elevation change: None
  • The Vatican Museum
  • The Borghese Gallery

SIGNING UP

Step 1. Sign up – Deadline: March 1, 2021. An extra fee may apply to late sign-ups. Max capacity: 30 people

Step 2. Registration – We will e-mail you the supplemental packet to fill out and ask that you complete it by March 1, 2021 or 7 days after signing up– whichever is later. No deposit is required for summer 2021 pilgrimages.

Step 3. Payment & Confirmation– The payment deadline is March 15, 2021. Payment is 100% refundable for COVID-19 cancellation reasons. Please wait to buy your plane tickets until you receive a confirmation from us.

Pilgrimage Details

Eligibility

  • Pilgrims must be at least 18 years old.
  • Pilgrims must be able to carry all their belongings in a backpack.
  • Only a basic level of fitness is required. Accommodations can be made, but you must discuss it with the staff before the trip. Some examples of accommodations may include: skipping activities, shortening routes, or taking an alternative mode of transportation like a gondola, train, or taxi.

Insurance

Each pilgrim must have health insurance. We highly recommend purchasing traveler’s insurance as well.

Spiritual Formation

Daily Mass, morning prayer, evening prayer, and the rosary are all part of the trip. There will be a chaplain available for you and a spiritual reading packet provided based on the saints encountered on the trip.

Intellectual/Cultural Activity

Booklets with information for site visits and short readings will be distributed that will be presented and discussed by staff and pilgrims. The staff will be reading Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis this summer and discussing it informally. If you would like to join the conversation, read it yourself at home, on the plane, or during the pilgrimage!

Lodging in Religious Housing

Usually, you will have one or two roommates, sometimes more, and occasionally you may have a single room.

We do not have a standard single supplement fee because it is not always possible considering our unique accommodations in religious houses, but talk to us if this is something you are interested in.
It is possible that some rooms may only have a sink or a shower inside with a bathroom in the hall.

Free Time

There is plenty of free time incorporated throughout the pilgrimage to relax, shop, explore, or whatever you might want to do.

Packing List

We will send you a detailed packing list when you are confirmed on the pilgrimage.

Arrival

Staff will be at airport the morning of arrival day to greet you. The official pilgrimage start time is noon– please arrive before then. If you arrive before or after that day, you will need to make your own arrangements.

Classic and Section 1: May 31st, 2021, Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Section 2: June 9th, 2021, Florence Peretola Airport (FLR)

Departure

Official pilgrimage end time is 7am on departure day. We will arrange transportation to the airport. If you are staying later, apart from the pilgrimage, or leaving early, you will need to make your own arrangements.

Section 1: June 9th, 2021, Florence Peretola Airport (FLR)
Classic and Section 2: June 20th, 2021, Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

Customize

This pilgrimage (Classic or Section 1 only) can be combined with Pilgrimage #1 France (Classic or Section 2 only). See the Pilgrimage #1 France page for trip details, and send us a message for the rest of the information.

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