As we pilgrimage along the spiritual byways of Italy, sometimes over time-worn cobblestones in the city, and sometimes over highways through the beautiful countryside, we will encounter truly unique places and people that are today's living expressions of our 2,000-year-old faith.
From the ancient rooms where St. Peter lived for seven years, to the bishop's residence in Assisi; from the treasure trove of art and faith at the Vatican Museum, to the Benedictine monastery of Norcia; we will encounter some of the "living stones" of our Church, as we journey toward the Face of Christ -- both spiritually and physically, in the form of the miraculous Face of Manoppello.
Because of our work for Inside the Vatican magazine over these 35-plus years, we have formed relationships with many people over that time, allowing us rare access to locations and people that an ordinary "tourist" would never see, including:
- The bishops of Loreto and Assisi, if they are available, and the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis, the Italian teenager who died at 15 after cataloguing the world's Eucharistic miracles.
- The column on which St. Paul was beheaded (microscopic analysis found flecks of blood on the column) is made available by our friend, the gatekeeper for veneration.
- The church built over the home of St. Pudens who is mentioned in the Bible by St. Paul. This home served as the first papal residence, where St. Peter lived for seven years. Access to the oldest parts of this building, dating to the first century, is provided by another one of our gatekeeper-friends.
- Sr. Emmanuela, another friend, the nun who wrote the guidebook for the outstanding "Faith and Art" tour at the Vatican museum, will lead us on our own private tour.
- Our friend, Father Cassian Folsom, the modern re-founder and prior emeritus of the Benedictine community in Norcia, the birthplace of St. Benedict.
And of course, a major highlight of our pilgrimage will be our awe-inspiring visit to the shrine where the mysterious image of the face of a Man - many believe he is the Man of Sorrows - appears on a piece of cloth, the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello.
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, or a Classic Pilgrimage with budget-friendly pricing, we work hard to ensure that every pilgrimage is a moving experience, an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim.
This pilgrimage is part of our boutique line of Classic Pilgrimages – carefully budgeted for pilgrims so that they can experience the unique qualities of Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages at our most affordable price, without sacrificing Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages integrity and style. This Classic Pilgrimage is limited to 33 pilgrims.
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 Early Booking Discount - To apply this discount apply on or before Friday, December 1, 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 single room occupancy (1 person per room).
You arrive at Fiumicino Airport, about 10 miles outside of Rome to the west, near the Mediterranean Sea. You will be greeted just as you depart the secure area in the airport. We may have time for a quick morning coffee, tea, and cornetto before we board our private motor coach and journey to Assisi.
(We strongly recommend you arrive one day early to rest before the pilgrimage begins. There is a Hilton hotel connected to the airport, and we will be picked up from this hotel the morning after early arrival, so you will not need to return to the airport for the group transfer.)
After approximately two hours of driving, we will arrive in 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, who has overseen this beautiful Franciscan guest house for more than 25 years, 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. Dinner is included. Lunch is on your own.