Pilgrimage #5

Italy

Section 1: July 13-25th (13 days)

 

Section 2: July 25th-August 4th (11 days)

 

Section 3: August 4-15th (12 days)

 

Classic A: July 13-August 4th (23 days)

 

Classic B: July 25-August 15th (22 days)

Pilgrimage #5

Italy

Section 1: July 13-25th (13 days)

Section 2: July 25th-August 4th (11 days)

Section 3: August 4-15th (12 days)

Classic A: July 13-August 4th (23 days)

Classic B: July 25-August 15th (22 days)

PILGRIMAGE  OVERVIEW

Lakes, hills, mountains, and rivers combined with small villages and Renaissance cities– this pilgrimage has it all. We will be hiking, biking, rafting, and kayaking all throughout Italy. Daily prayer, world-famous museums, delicious food, and great company are sure to make this a truly unforgettable experience.

“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.

SECTION 1

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 

Amalfi: St. Mathew and St. Andrew (Days 2-5) 

Explore the iconic Amalfi coast on the way to visit the remains of St. Andrew in Amalfi and St. Matthew in Salerno. We will be hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the beautiful views and delicious food. 

Includes: 

  • Hiking: Two hikes each 4 hours. Amount of elevation change: high 
  • Kayaking: 4 hours 

Umbria: Spoleto, Cascia, Norcia, Assisi (Days 5-12) 

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 

SECTION 2 

The Italian Lakes (Days 1-3) 

Before all of our alpine hiking, we will enjoy the 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. Kayak to an island on nearby Lago d’Orta to pray with a flourishing convent of nuns. 

Includes: 

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

The Alps (Days 3-11) 

We have put together a wonderful alpine itinerary that allows you to experience some of the richest spiritual heritage of the alps while also enjoying some of its most beautiful hikes. Walk in the footsteps of St. John Paul II in Les Combes where he used to vacation as pope. Visit the summer home of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati and have mass in the room where he died before hiking the same paths he hiked. The Great St. Bernard Pass, with its dramatic scenery, and the Sacra San Michele, a towering abbey on top of a mountain, are not to be missed. Soak it all in afterwards as you whitewater raft in the shadow of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain. 

Includes: 

  • Hiking: Five days with an average of 4 hours per day. Amount of elevation change: High 
  • Rafting: Intermediate 
  • Climbing: (optional) Instead of one of the hikes you may do a via ferrata that reaches the same destination. This is not an official part of the pilgrimage. A via ferrata is a hiking/climbing route with a cable running along the whole way that you are constantly attached to. This particular via ferrata is rated as easy-intermediate for a via ferrata. 
  • The Abbey Sacra San Michele 
  • Museum of St. John Paul II 

SECTION 3 

The Mediterranean Coast: Cinque Terre (Days 1-4) 

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 

Tuscany (Days 4-9) 

Visit Florence and all of the amazing art and architecture within the city before hiking through the beautiful Tuscan hills on the Via Francigena. In Florence, we will pray at the tombs of several saints, visit the Uffizi Museum, the Ponte Vecchio, and several other famous sights. The Via Francigena is the ancient pilgrimage route from England to Rome–we will hike from San Gimignano to Monteriggioni (two incredible medieval towns) to Siena where we will pray with St. Catherine and visit the wonderful cathedral. There will be plenty of local pasta along the way! 

Includes: 

  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence 
  • The Basilica of Santa Croce 
  • Hiking: 2 days on the Via Francigena; 15 miles per day on average; Amount of elevation change: Low to medium. 
  • The Cathedral of San Gimignano 
  • The Cathedral of Siena 

Rome (Days 9-12) 

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 
  • The Catacombs of St. Callixtus

*Itinerary is subject to change

SIGNING UP

All deadlines have been extended and there is now one deadline for the whole sign-up process

  • Step 1. Sign up – Deadline: One month prior to your pilgrimage start date.  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 at least one month prior to your
    pilgrimage start date. No deposit is required for summer 2021 pilgrimages.
  • Step 3. Payment & Confirmation– The payment deadline is one month prior to your pilgrimage start date. Please wait to buy your plane tickets until you receive a confirmation from us.

 

Covid-19

  • ALP will be following all Italian laws related to Covid-19. ALP does not have any additional rules as a private organization such as requiring masks when Italian law does not require it.
  • The pilgrimage is 100% refundable if you test positive for covid-19 within three days of your departure and cannot board the airplane.
  • For the latest updates on the Italian restrictions, covid-free flight offerings, and ALP’s procedures for handling any challenges that may arise from covid-19, please send us a message.
  • All of this information will be shared with you at the beginning of the sign-up process.

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 travelers 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. 

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. We will stay in one alpine “refugio” high in the alps which will involve multiple bunk beds in one room for backpackers. We cannot guarantee these rooms will be separated by gender, but we will try our best.

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 the airport on 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.

  • Section 1 and Classic A: July 13th, Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
  • Section 2 and Classic B: July 25th, Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
  • Section 3: August 4th, Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)

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: July 25th, Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
  • Section 2 and Classic A: August 4th, Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
  • Section 3 and Classic B: August 15th, Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)

Customize

The EPIC option combines Classic A and Classic B (July 13-August 15). Talk to us if you are interested!

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