Pilgrimage #3

Italy

Classic: June 20-July 4, 2021 (15 days) 

Section 1: June 20-27, 2021 (8 days) 

Section 2: June 27-July 4, 2021 (8 days)

PILGRIMAGE  OVERVIEW

Rome, Florence, Venice– Italy’s most beautiful cities are all stops on this pilgrimage. In between we will be adventuring in the Umbrian countryside with St. Francis of Assisi, St. Benedict, and St. Rita and along the coast with its colorful fishing villages, beautiful churches, and peaceful waters. The food, the art, the nature, and the prayer all combine to form an excellent and adventurous journey.

“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 an 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.

Rome (Days 1-2)

The pilgrimage begins in Rome, the heart of the Church. We will go to mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, visit the Vatican Museum, and pray in many other major churches in Rome. We will also explore the Roman Forum and Colosseum. The small streets, the piazzas, and the delicious Roman food all help make this section unforgettable.

Includes:

  • The Vatican Museum
  • The Roman Forum and Colosseum

Umbria (Days 2-8)

Umbria is known as the heart of Italy. It is the home of St. Francis and Clare of Assisi, St. Benedict of Norcia, St. Rita of Cascia, and many other saints. We will bike the old railway trail from Spoleto, raft in the river near Cascia, hike through fields of wildflowers to Norcia, and hike along the Way of St. Francis into Assisi.

Includes:

  • Hiking: Two hikes each 5-6 hours. Amount of elevation change: Medium to high
  • Rafting: Easy
  • Biking: 3-4 hours. Gravel/dirt biking trail. Amount of elevation change: Low

Florence (Days 8-10)

After a very adventurous time in Umbria, we will spend our time relaxing with the saints and beautiful art and architecture of Florence. We will visit the Uffizi Gallery, the Gallery of the Academy of Florence, the Basilica of Santa Croce, and the beautiful cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Includes:

  • The Gallery of the Academy of Florence [Classic]
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence [Classic, Section 2]
  • The Basilica of Santa Croce [Classic, Section 2]

Cinque Terre (10-13)

Enjoy a kayaking, a hiking, and a 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

Venice (Days 13-15)

Our pilgrimage ends in the city of Venice where we will have the unique opportunity to do some kayaking. We will also visit the Doge’s Palace and spend some time praying in St. Mark’s. Venice is a truly unique city with its canals, boats, and beautiful churches and buildings– the perfect ending to this pilgrimage!

Includes:

  • Kayaking: 1-2 hours
  • The Doge’s Palace

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 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: June 20, 2021 Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Section 2: June 27th, 2021 Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

Departure

The official pilgrimage end time is 7 am 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 27, 2021, Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Classic and Section 2: July 4, 2021, Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

Customize

This pilgrimage (Classic or Section 2 only) can be combined with Pilgrimage #4 France (Classic or Section 1 only). See the Pilgrimage #4 France page for trip details, and send us a message for the rest of the information.

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