Our Journey Day by Day
19th May 2020. Tuesday DAY 1: USA – Milan airport Board your overnight flight to Milan airport.
20th May 2020. Wednesday DAY 2: Milan airport – Lake Como
Today you arrive at Milan airport and begreeted by our tour escort and driver. We will meet as a group outside the customs area at 10:30 am. We will start our pilgrimage by traveling to Lake Como. Along the way, we will stop to celebrate mass in one of the beautiful churches, before checking into our hotel. Free evening for rest and leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel—Hotel Barchetta Excelsior in Lake Como.
21st May 2020. Thursday DAY 3: Como and Villa Carlotta
After breakfast we meet our local guide and visit the city attractions: Piazza Volta, Piazza Mazzini, Piazza Vittoria, Porta Torre, Piazza San Fedele, The Theatre Sociale, la Casa del Fascio, il Duomo di Como, Piazza Cavour. We will celebrate Mass in one of the local churches. There will be free time for lunch on your own or time for walking or shopping.
In the afternoon, we will take a cruise to Villa Carlotta and Bellagio, located at the top of a terraced garden, from which there are views of Bellagio and the mountains surrounding the lake. It consists of three floors (two of which are open to the public). The works of art on display are mainly located on the lower level, while the upper one, which has an elegant gallery, provides spectacular views over the lake — dinner and overnight at our hotel.
22nd May 2020. Friday DAY 4: Como – Milan
After breakfast at our hotel, We will check out and travel to Milan, where we meet our local guide and enjoy a half-day walking tour. Visit key landmarks like the La Scala Opera House, the Duomo Cathedral (inside) - one of the most iconic buildings in Milan, the symbol of the city. Walkthrough the central aisle and explore the history of the city, the artistic and architectural features of the church, its countless paintings, statues, and stained glass windows. Private Mass will be celebrated in one of the local churches. Free time for lunch on your own before transfer to the Cenacolo Vinciano Museum to see Da Vinci’s Last Supper, one of the most famous paintings in the world. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Crowne Plaza our hotel in Milan.
23rd May 2020. Saturday DAY 5: Milan – Turin – Milan
After breakfast at our hotel, we leave for a day trip to Turin to see the church of the Holy Shroud. The replicas and displays at the Museum of the Holy Shroud explain the Shroud and its mysteries (The Real Shroud of Turin is not on public display.) We meet our local guide, and we start the visit from the Cathedral, a rare example of a classic Renaissance style. From the Cathedral, we will walk through the Roman and Medieval city. Mass will be celebrated in one of the local churches. Free time on your own before transfer back to Milan. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Milan.
24th May 2020. Sunday DAY 6: Milan – Certosa di Pavia – Rapallo
After breakfast at our hotel and check out, we leave Italy’s fashion capital and drive to Liguria Riviera. The area is famous for its unusually mild climate and relaxed way of life, which, together with the charm of its old fishing ports and the beauty of its landscape, has made it a popular destination for travelers. Along the way, we stop to visit the stunning Certosa di Pavia Monastery – a Carthusian Monastery. Private Mass will be celebrated in one of the local churches. Dinner and overnight will be at our hotel, the Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa our hotel in the Rapallo area, a stunning seaside town .
25th May 2020. Monday DAY 7. Rapallo – Cinque Terre – Rapallo
After breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Cinque Terre, an idyllic cluster of five villages set on seaside cliffs. Running from north to south, the communities are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Each one of the five is a beauty, with pastel buildings and sparkling sea views, but each has its different character. We will travel by boat (if weather permitting, otherwise by train) and we will spend some time in Vernazza. Then we will head to Monterosso where you can have some free time for lunch. Admire the Liguria region's varied landscape as you transfer back to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
26th May 2020. Tuesday DAY 8. Portofino
After breakfast, we drive to Portofino - the "jewel" of the Mediterranean coast and one of the oldest resort areas of Italy. There will be time to explore, perhaps enjoying a cappuccino while experiencing the beautiful views of the Liguria coast. The Portofino tour continus after lunch when your guide will take you to Santa Margherita Liguria, a large picturesque village where you can spend your afternoon. There you can walk in the center, visit the 14th century Duomo and if you like Villa Durazzo. The villa, built in the 17th century, is rich in frescoes and statues with a beautiful Italian style garden, from where you can enjoy the view of the sea. Private Mass to be celebrated in one of the local churches. Later back in Rapallo, time to relax and to browse through the attractive little shops. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Rapallo.
27th May 2020. Wednesday DAY 9. Rapallo – La Spezia – Florence
After breakfast at the hotel and check out, we head toward the city of Florence, the heart and soul of the Italian Renaissance and home of the most breathtaking works of art that Western Civilization has ever created. Along the way, we will make a stop at La Spezia. This city is a major stop for Mediterranean cruise ships, and passengers often stop at La Spezia before traveling to other cities in the Liguria region. Aside from its commercial port activities, La Spezia is also a major military hub, and most of the Italian Navy is based here. The port area adjacent to the historic center and Porto Mirabello are amazing places to walk, people watch and enjoy the beautiful weather. Free time on your own before continuing to Florence. Private Mass will be celebrated in one of the churches. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Florence.
28th May 2020. Thursday DAY 10. Florence
After breakfast at our hotel, we meet our local guide and enjoy a day of sightseeing. We will visit Florence' Duomo, the Cathedral, Bell Tower, Basilica of Santa Croce, the principal Franciscan church in Florence, and a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church. Here we see the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, the poet Foscolo, the philosopher Gentile and the composer Rossini. Thus it is known as the Temple of the Italian Glories (Tempio dell' Itale Glorie). We will see the medieval Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Della Signora, the center of Florentine life. Private Mass will be celebrated in one of the local churches. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Florence, the AC Hotel Firenze or similar.
29th May 2020. Friday DAY 11: Florence – Siena – Florence
After breakfast at our hotel, we will travel to Siena, likely Italy’s loveliest Medieval City. This historic city is listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, filled with beautiful and exciting places to visit. We will meet with our local guide and enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Piazza Del Campo, one of the biggest medieval squares in the world with an unmistakable peculiar shell-shape. San Domenico Church in Siena is an obligatory stop for devotees of Saint Catherine. It is, in fact, the resting place of the saint’s head. A macabre testimonial to medieval religious zeal, and a chance to get to know more about the patron saint of Italy. Private Mass to be celebrated in one of the local churches. We will have a free afternoon before transfer back to Florence. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Florence,
30th May 2020. Saturday DAY 12: Florence airport
After breakfast and check out at our hotel, we say ‘Arrivederci’ to Italy as we leave for Florence airport to catch our flight back to home.
Rev. John Campoli, i.v.dei
His Love Ministries
THE PILGRIMAGE HAS BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS
Get caught up in the laid-back Italian lifestyle.
It would be hard to leave northern Italy feeling stressed. Along the glimmering shores of Lake Como, and cruising to Villa Carlotta and Bellagio, leisure and relaxation remain mainstays of the Italian lifestyle. Amble around every corner of sleek and stylish Milan with its famous Last Supper. Soak up the sun on the Italian Riviera. Escape to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre. See the splendors of Florence and the beauty of Sienna. Just unwind and let the Italians teach you a thing or two about the good life (trust us, they know best).
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