Shrines of Northern Italy & Rome - Faith-Based Travel (5360)

9 Day Tour from Milan to Rome

2021 Tour Details

Catholic heritage in Italy extends well beyond the Vatican. Discover the inspiring Catholic Italian icons of northern Italy. From Milan’s St. Ambrose to Turin’s St. John Bosco and Padua’s St. Anthony, you’ll collect memories and inspiration that will remain with you for life. Admire in awe the early Christian works of art of the Byzantine era in Ravenna, and spend two full days in Rome, focusing on the Papal legacies. Visit many inspiring places of worship that instill a sense of solemnity and serenity.

Small-Group Discovery

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Headsets throughout the tour.
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 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Early Christian monuments of Ravenna
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City
  • Rome (St. Paul Outside the Walls)

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily, 4 dinners


Notes:

Departure April 9 Easter in Padua; no Papal audience on September 14 departure.

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MILAN, ITALY

Check into your hotel and, if you have time, start exploring this busy city on your own before meeting your tour companions and Tour Director during the included welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 MILAN

Dedicate the morning to Milan's most important Catholic churches: ST AMBROSE BASILICA and the DUOMO. St Ambrose is the patron saint of bee keepers, beggars, learners and Milan. Celebrate MassMass Mass and admire the treasures of the Basilica and the Duomo with a Local Guide.

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Day 3 MILAN–TURIN

Turin is known in the Catholic community worldwide as the home of the Holy Shroud, only available to the public on very special occasions. The city was also home to St. John Bosco, the priest who founded the Salesian religious institute to help poor children with their education during the industrial revolution. Your visit includes the HOLY SHROUD MUSEUM, the BASILICA OF ST. MARY AUSILIATRICE, and a video on St John Bosco's rooms, currently under renovation. You’ll have time to appreciate the elegance of this city and former capital of Italy before attending MassMass Mass.
Today's Distance: 90 mi / 145 km

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Day 4 TURIN–PAVIA–SIRMIONE–PADUA

Pavia is home to a beautiful CARTHUSIAN MONASTERY, built in the 1400s by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, Duke of Milan. The monastery is one of Italy’s “hidden treasures” with lavish decorations and monks who still live a traditional life of seclusion and prayer. On the way to Padua, you’ll also stop in Sirmione, a charming village on Lake Garda. Its medieval peninsula is protected by walls and a bridge connecting it to the mainland.
Today's Distance: 245 mi / 395 km

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Day 5 PADUA–POMPOSA–RAVENNA

Attend morning MassMass Mass and visit ST. ANTHONY BASILICA in Padua with a local guide, then enjoy a short city sightseeing and time on your own. In the afternoon, on the way to Ravenna, we’ll stop to see the ABBEY OF POMPOSA, where the Benedictine monk Guido d’Arezzo invented modern musical notation in the 11th century.
Today's Distance: 85 mi / 137 km

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Day 6 RAVENNA–ROME

UNESCO declared the early Christian monuments of Ravenna as having “outstanding universal value.” Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century. It has a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. All buildings—the NEONIAN BAPTISTRY, the BASILICA OF SANT’APOLLINARE NUOVO, the CHURCH OF SAN VITALE, and the ARCHBISHOP’S CHAPEL OF ST. ANDREW—were constructed in the 5th and 6th centuries. They show great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Greek-Roman tradition, Christian iconography, and oriental and Western styles. The morning is dedicated to discovering these masterpieces and focusing on the Byzantine-style mosaics with a local guide. In the afternoon, travel to Rome.
Today's Distance: 221 mi / 355 km

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Day 7 ROME

Today you have the unique chance to attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE in the Vatican (subject to availability). Afterwards, enjoy an included city tour with a local guide to see the BASILICA OF ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, where St. Paul was buried after his martyrdom, ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA, the Cathedral of Rome and the seat of its Bishop (the Pope) and the HOLY STAIRS. Said to have led Jesus to the praetorium of Pontius Plate, the stairs were transferred to Rome by Empress St Helena. Finally, visit ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA, where a reliquary contains wood from the Holy Crib. Attend MassMass Mass here before returning to your hotel.

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Day 8 ROME

Visit the PAPAL SUMMER RESIDENCE in Castel Gandolfo. Wander through its GARDENS, an opportunity to reflect and meditate in quiet and relaxing surroundings. Walk through the rooms where many Popes have spent the summer months enjoying the cooler countryside on the hills outside Rome. Later, you can join the optional excursion that will take you back to St. Peter’s to discover the treasures of the Vatican museums, or you can spend time at leisure enjoying the many monuments of ancient Roman heritage.

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Day 9 ROME

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast


Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Rome

Rome

The Catacombs

The Catacombs

The early Christians created the Catacombs, a network of underground corridors. We will show you the best of them!

Price Range: $

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

A tour around the Vatican Museums to admire the beautiful tapestry gallery and the Sistine Chapel with masterpieces by Botticelli and Signorelli. See the "Genesis" and Michelangelo's "Last Judgment".

Price Range: $$

Treasures of Rome and Dinner

Treasures of Rome and Dinner

Enjoy a tour of Rome and relax over a 3-course dinner with dessert, local wine, and authentic Roman atmosphere!

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $2,084*
18 guests in a party: $263*


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