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Day 1 Tuesday – Rome

Arrival at Rome Airport on Tuesday, transfer to hotel and check in for 5 nights.

Day 2 Wednesday- Vatican

Rome is an epic city, an open air museum with plenty historical and religious sites to explore. St. Peter’s Basilica is located here and it is said that the Basilica stands on the site where St. Peter was crucified and buried. The Sistine Chapel is famous for its breathtaking decoration and outstanding architecture. Between the 15th and 16th centuries artists such as Perugino, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio and Michelangelo had created beautiful frescos.

After breakfast we transfer to the Vatican to attend the weekly Papal Audience (if available). After which, we visit Vatican City which includes the Museum, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, Church of St. Peter and the Basilica of St. Paul. Return to our hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 Thursday – Assisi

Assisi, an Umbrian hill town north of Rome, is most noted for being the birthplace of St. Francis. His influence is remembered in the Basilica of San Francesco of Assisi, which has been named as a World Heritage Site. This is just one of eight historic churches in the area.

After the breakfast we drive to Assisi. See his tomb, and admire the ancient frescoes. Stroll through the town – see the Cathedral of San Rufino, the birthplace of St Francis, and the Basilica of St Clare, where we see her remains.  Return to our hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 Friday – San Giovanni Rotondo

Padre Pio Shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy is a popular Catholic pilgrimage shrine. About seven million pilgrims a year flock to Santa Maria delle Grazie Church (dedicated in 1676) to pay homage to Padre Pio, a well-known Italian saint who died there 40 years ago.

Padre Pio spent most of his life and where his tomb can be found today. the crucifix in front of which he received the stigmata, while praying after Mass in the choir loft of the small Church of Our Lady of Grace on the 20th September 1918. The modern town is dominated by the Capuchin Friary here the Saint lived and died and by the New Basilica, dedicated to St. Pio of Pietrelcina, built after his canonisation in 2002.

Early morning we drive to Padre- Pio church and after the visit we move to Lanciano

This small town on the Adriatic coast is famed for being the site of the first Catholic Eucharistic Miracle which took place in the church of St. Legontian in the 8th Century.

During Holy Mass after the two-fold consecration the host was changed into live flesh and the wine into live blood. The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the church. It is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back. The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy colour resembling the yellow of ochre. The Miracle has been preserved and can be seen in the church today

After the visit in Lanciano we return to our hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5 Saturday – Rome

Panoramic coach tour to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, Capital Hill, Victor Emmanuel monument, Basilica of St Mary Major, Pantheon and catacombs

Day 6 Sunday – Rome

After the breakfast we depart to the airport. Though our pilgrimage draws to a close, its blessings will last a lifetime and its graces are certain to draw us closer to the Lord