Marian Pilgrimages | Pilgrimage to Shrines of Italy on the Sunday, June 23, 2024

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Shrines of Italy

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St. Francis, St. Clare & Blessed Carlo Acutis
Group Mini-break to Assisi Online Booking
Date 23 June 2024
Depart from Dublin
Arrive to Rome
Duration 3 nights
Price €799
  • Return flights from Dublin to Rome
  • 10kg baggage allowance to be checked in
  • 3 nights accommodation in the Hotel Panda in Assisi
  • Breakfast and evening meal served in the hotel in Assisi
  • Lunch in a local restaurant on day of arrival
  • Free Wi-Fi in hotels
  • Services of Marian Pilgrimages Tours representative and professional English-speaking guide throughout the pilgrimage
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach throughout the itinerary
  • All airport & local City taxes
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Single Supplement €150
  • Travel Insurance
  • 20kg checked in bag extra €120


Pilgrimage Itinerary

DAY 1 - Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli & Chapel of the Porziuncola

This morning we will depart from Dublin to Rome. Awaiting us in the arrivals hall will be our Marian Pilgrimages guide and driver who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. Stunning views of the Italian countryside will make for an enjoyable drive to the town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis and St. Clare and resting place of Blessed Carlo Acutis.

After checking into our hotel there will be time to relax before celebrating the opening Mass of our pilgrimage in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, home to the Chapel of the Porziuncola where Francis understood his calling and where on Palm Sunday of 1212, he accepted Clare into the Order - a fitting place from which to begin our Franciscan pilgrimage.

We will have time for private prayer in this special place and afterwards see the Chapel of the Transito where Francis died and the famous Rose Garden where today grow the miraculous roses without thorns.

DAY 2 - Tombs of Carlo Acutis, St. Francis of Assisi & St. Clare of Assisi

The name Carlo Acutis became known throughout the world when on the 10th of October 2020, in the presence of his parents and siblings, he was beatified in the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. The young Carlo had the capacity to enjoy life in a simple way, and just like St. Francis of Assisi was not impressed by material things. This morning we will celebrate Mass in the Sanctuary of the Spoliation, the resting place of the first millennial beatified, and where the young Francis of Assisi publicly relinquished his lavish lifestyle, in favour of a life of prayer. After Mass we will hear more of the life of Carlo and have time for private prayer at his Tomb.

Our guided afternoon tour of the medieval town of Assisi will begin at the Basilica of St. Clare where we will venerate the original San Damiano cross and afterwards have time for prayer at the Tomb of St. Clare, founder of the Order of the Poor Clares. As we walk through the native town of both Francis and Clare, we will hear of their childhood years and the events that led to the conversion of Francis, the founding of the Franciscan Order, and indeed that of the Poor Clares. Our afternoon tour will conclude at the Basilica of St. Francis where we will have time for prayer at the tomb of the Poor Man of Assisi.

DAY 3 - Church & Convent of San Damiano

Carlo Acutis had a passion for Information Technology and was fascinated by the potential good it could bring. With a small computer he did extraordinary things, creating a website on the Eucharistic Miracles - the contents of which have formed an exhibition that would travel the world. Amongst the Eucharistic Miracles documented is that of St. Clare of Assisi which took place at the Convent of San Damiano. Located in a beautiful setting just outside the walls of Assisi, this morning we will celebrate Mass at the Church of San Damiano and afterwards have a tour of the convent which will include visits to the Refectory, the Dormitory where St. Clare died and beautiful cloister.

As we return to the town of Assisi, we will visit the Cathedral of San Rufino, and after venerating the heart relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis, we will have time for private prayer. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure will give us the opportunity for shopping and personal sightseeing.

DAY 4 - Greccio

This morning we will depart Assisi and drive to the town of Greccio, birthplace of the nativity scene. The sanctuary that rises straight up from the edge of a sheer cliff sits on the site where Saint Francis of Assisi staged the first-ever nativity scene in 1223, marking the beginning of the tradition of the manger scene which soon spread throughout Catholic Europe.

We will celebrate the closing Mass of our pilgrimage and afterwards see the cell in which St. Francis slept. After time at leisure for lunch we will continue our drive to Rome for our return flight to Dublin.

*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.

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