Saturday, 18th September
We will travel by coach from Limerick to Dublin to connect with our flight to Rome. Upon arrival in Rome we will be met by our Tour Escort and transfer to the four star Grand Hotel Fleming. We will have our evening meal on arrival and afterwards check into our rooms.
Sunday, 19th September
We will celebrate morning Mass at the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia and afterwards walk to St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Blessing. After free time for lunch we will visit St. Peter’s Basilica where we will see Michaelangelo’s famous Pietá statue, the canopy altar where the Pope celebrates Mass and the crypt of the Popes.
After time for private sightseeing we will have a panoramic tour of Rome enjoying views of the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia and the world-famous Colosseum. We will return to our hotel and have dinner in a local restaurant.
Monday, 20th September
This morning we will celebrate Mass in the Irish College and afterwards visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of the four main Papal Basilicas. We will transfer to Piazza Navona with time at leisure for lunch and afterwards visit the famous Pantheon and Trevi fountain. After our day of sightseeing we will return to our hotel and have dinner in a typical Roman restaurant.
Tuesday, 21st September
This morning we will depart Rome and travel to Assisi. After free time for lunch we will celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Clare and afterwards enjoy a walking tour of the medieval town of Assisi, visiting such sights as the Temple of Minerva and the Basilica of St. Francis where we will have time for prayer at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi.
We will transfer to Santa Maria degli Angeli where we will stay in the Hotel Domus Pacis for one night on a half bord basis. Before evening meal we will visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and see the chapel of the Porziuncola, the chapel of the Transito and the Rose Garden. We will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, 22nd September
After breakfast we will depart Assisi and travel to Lanciano, site of the first Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. We will celebrate Mass and afterwards have free time for lunch before continuing onto San Giovanni Rotondo where we will stay in the four star Grand Hotel degli Angeli for the following three nights.
After dinner we will make our way to the open Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina for the vigil ceremony that will take place as we celebrate the life of St. Pio on the vigil of the 50th anniversary of his death.
Thursday, 23rd September
On this Feast Day of St. Pio, we will celebrate the opening Mass of our pilgrimage in the ancient church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. We will visit the old tomb where the remains of St. Pio rested for over 40 years, the capuchin friary where he lived and died and see the crucifix before which he received the gift of the Stigmata over 100 years ago. Our morning tour will end in the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina where we will have time for private prayer before the remains of the great saint of our time.
In the afternoon we will visit the English Office where, after a cup of Irish tea, we will learn more of the incredible life of St. Pio and receive a blessing with the glove and crucifix of the humble friar.
Friday, 24th September
This morning we will travel to Monte Sant’ Angelo, home to the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the Archangel Michael. We will celebrate Mass at the sacred cave and afterwards have free time for sightseeing before returning to San Giovanni Rotondo.
In the afternoon we will visit nearby St. Matthew’s monastery and have a blessing with the relic of St. Matthew and holy oil. As we return to San Giovanni Rotondo we will walk the Way of the Cross and afterwards have time for private prayer.
Saturday, 25th September
After breakfast we will depart San Giovanni Rotondo and travel to Pietrelcina, birthplace of St. Pio. We will celebrate Mass and afterwards have a walking tour of the town visiting the Forgione family home where Padre Pio was born and the Church of Sant’Anna where he was baptised.
After free time for lunch we will visit nearby Piana Romana and see the tree before which Padre Pio received the invisible Stigmata. We will continue onto the four star Grand Hotel Medusa where we will stay for three nights on a half board basis.
Sunday & Monday, 26th & 27th of September
During our time on the Sorrento Coast we will have many possibilities for some personal sightseeing with such famous sights as the beautiful Isle of Capri, the stunning Amalfi Coast and ancient ruins of Pompeii all within easy reach.
For those who prefer to unwind time can be spent relaxing by the pool in the wonderful gardens of the Grand Hotel Medusa or visiting the town of Sorrento, with its quaint cobbled streets lined with shops, restaurants and many boutiques.
Tuesday, 28th September
This morning, after breakfast, we will depart our hotel and travel to Naples airport for our return flight to Dublin, arriving into Dublin airport at 3.35 pm.
*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.