We have consciously designed this pilgrimage to prepare our hearts for the Easter Triduum as we travel through the land of saints – Assisi and Norcia – before arriving in Rome to celebrate Easter with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica.
We begin almost a full week before Easter in Assisi, which is known for its tranquil silence. We hope that this serenity will be communicated to our pilgrims in a way that allows us to become more tranquil and reflective ourselves, entering deeper into the spirit of pilgrimage in anticipation of the Easter Triduum.
We will spend Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday morning with the Benedictine Monks of Norcia in their new chapel, built on the side of the mountain overlooking the peaceful town of Norcia. After, we drive on to Rome for the joyous celebration of the Easter Vigil at the Vatican.
Our celebration of the Resurrection will become more immediate as we visit Manoppello and the Shrine of the Holy Face, and venerate a mysterious cloth bearing the image of a man with wounds on his face — an image some believe is the actual face of Christ, formed at the moment of his Resurrection.
With 30 years of publishing Inside the Vatican magazine, we have colleagues and friends all over the world — and many of them have become part of our Pilgrimage family.
Designing an Inside the Vatican pilgrimage begins with a theme or a particular country; then we weave in encounters with real people who live and work there, as well as those with expert knowledge in its historical and spiritual perspectives. Our itineraries include both world-renowned and little-known places, and every detail has been arranged to create a truly unique experience; we do not have cookie-cutter pilgrimages!
Whether you choose one of our intimate-sized Signature Pilgrimages, averaging 15 persons, or a Classic Pilgrimage with budget-friendly pricing, with no more than 35, we work hard to ensure that every pilgrimage is a moving experience, an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim.
Our aim on these Signature pilgrimages is to have your journey with us be a peaceful, enjoyable, unforgettable experience, one that enriches your life and deepens your faith. Although we will visit many very famous places of cultural and artistic significance, our journey is primarily a pilgrimage, not a tour. The spiritual dimension – the search for a deeper understanding of God and a better appreciation of the history and life of the Church – is central. This is why the pace of our pilgrimage will be slow and peaceful, not hurried. There will be time to reflect and to pray.
Easter in Italy is one of our Signature line pilgrimages which aims to create “boutique” pilgrimage experiences through small, private groups averaging 15 pilgrims, but never more than 18.
Please note: we have scheduled plenty of free time to allow pilgrims to rest or explore the different cities we visit during this pilgrimage at their leisure. Each day we will have the opportunity to attend Mass. As a note, we prefer to schedule Mass in the morning, but there is a possibility that Mass times can fluctuate due to circumstances and Vatican events. The Mass schedule will be finalized as we approach the departure date.
If you prefer to register by mail, please call our U.S. Office +1.202.536.4555.
$250.00- Early Booking Discount - To apply this discount apply on or before Monday, September 25, 2023 and use discount code: EARLY, when registering.
Call our office for information about any additional discount codes – U.S. Office at +1 202.536.4555.
Price is per person for a double room occupancy (2 people per room).
When booking a double room, select "2" as the quantity to be able to add both names in the reservation.
Price is per person for a single occupancy room.
You arrive at Fiumicino Airport, about 10 miles outside of Rome to the west, near the Mediterranean Sea. You may have seen the sea as your plane circled to land. Dr. Robert Moynihan and Deborah Tomlinson will meet you in the area beyond customs. We may have time for a quick morning coffee, tea and cornetto before we board our private motor coach, and journey to Assisi.
After approximately two hours of driving, we will arrive into the walled city of Assisi, and you will be escorted to your guest rooms at the serene St. Anthony’s Guesthouse with its beautiful outside gardens. Sister Sue will be there to greet us.
After a quick lunch, we will rest for a few hours, then attend our private, welcome Mass. We will then have a welcome dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Assisi.
Overnight in Assisi. Lunch and Dinner Included.