Fr Peter McAnenly 's Pilgrimage to Shrines of Italy - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

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Shrines of Italy

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Join Fr. Peter McAnenly on a spiritual pilgrimage to Shrines of Italy

A fully escorted group pilgrimage to Lucca and Lake Garda will take place from 17th – 24th September 2019. The pilgrimage will take in many places of great interest and it will include visits to Florence, Venice & Verona. For the first three nights, the group will be based in the lovely town of Montecatini in Tuscany and for the other four nights, the base will be Riva del Garda on the northern tip of the beautiful Lake Garda.

Fr Peter McAnenly, Administrator of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh will be the Spiritual Director on the Pilgrimage. Having led many pilgrimages over the years, he said “I’m very much looking forward to this years pilgrimage to Italy. During our week together, we will visit many places of historical and religious significance and I’m confident that it will be a very enjoyable and indeed memorable week for all”.
Spiritual Director Fr. Peter McAnenly Online Booking
Date 17 September 2019
Depart from Dublin
Arrive to Pisa
Duration 7 nights
Price £1085
  • Dublin – Pisa / Venice – Dublin flights
  • Three nights accommodation in the four-star Hotel Astoria or similar in Montecatini on a half board basis
  • Guided tour of the town of Lucca
  • Mass in the Duomo in Florence
  • Guided tour of Florence
  • Visit to Verona with panoramic tour
  • Mass in the Duomo in Verona
  • Four nights accommodation in the four-star Garda Sporting Club Hotel
  • Time at leisure in the town of Riva del Garda
  • One evening meal in a local restaurant in Riva del Garda
  • Day trip to Venice
  • Mass in St. Mark’s Basilica with guided tour
  • Free time for personal sightseeing and shopping
  • Return luxury coach transfer to Venice airport for return flight to Dublin
  • Comprehensive pilgrim travel insurance
  • One item of cabin luggage (10kg) and one checked in bag per person (20kg)
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Single room supplement £298 (limited availability)
  • Gratuities


Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 – Tuesday, 17 September We will depart in the morning from Dublin to Pisa. Upon arrival we will meet our tour escort and transfer to the four-star Grand Hotel Astoria or similar where we will stay for three nights on a half board basis.

Day 2 – Wednesday, 18 September This morning we will travel the short distance to the medieval town of Lucca. We will have a walking tour of the charming city, often referred to as ‘The city of one hundred churches’ and regarded as the one of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany. We will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of San Martino. Legend has it that the Volto Santo, a simply fashioned image of a dark-skinned, life-sized Christ on a wooden crucifix, was carved by Nicodemus, who witnessed the crucifixion. A major object of veneration, the image is carried through the streets every 13 September at dusk during the Luminaria di Santa Croce, a solemn torch-lit procession marking its miraculous arrival in Lucca.

In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to walk the city walls, enjoying views of one of Italy’s most endearing small cities.

Day 3 – Thursday, 19 September This morning we will travel to Florence and celebrate Mass in the Duomo, famous for its breathtaking works of art and its bell-tower. Afterwards we will have a walking tour of Florence and will understand more why it is often referred to as the ‘Cradle of the Renaissance’ with its extraordinary art and architectural masterpieces. We will stroll through the narrow-cobbled streets with their elegant 15th and 16th century palaces and see the medieval candle-lit chapels and fresco decorated churches.

In the afternoon we will have time at leisure with the opportunity to visit the famous Uffizi Gallery, home to the world’s greatest collection of Renaissance art (payable locally).

Day 4 – Friday, 20 September This morning we will depart Montecatini and travel to the charming city of Verona. After free time for lunch we will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and celebrate Mass in the famous Duomo - one of Verona’s most sacred Catholic sites which attracts thousands of visitors each year who come here to worship and to admire its beautiful architecture. After time at leisure, we will continue to Lake Garda where we will stay for three nights in the four-star Garda Sporting Club Hotel. After our day of travelling we will have evening meal in the hotel.

Day 5 – Saturday, 21 September We will celebrate morning Mass in the town of Riva del Garda and enjoy a day at leisure to explore the picturesque town or simply relax by the pool. This evening we will have dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 6 – Sunday, 22 September This morning we will celebrate Mass at the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona - a place of silence and meditation. A holy tradition dates the birth of the Shrine of Madonna della Corona to 1522, the year when the sculpture of the Madonna venerated here was miraculously transported through angelic intervention from the island of Rhodes. Today the remarkable church continues to be a popular pilgrimage site.

We will return to Lake Garda for lunch, have the afternoon at leisure and come together for evening meal in our hotel.

Day 7 – Monday, 23 September This morning we will travel to Venice, the great maritime republic which was once the richest city in the world during the 15th century. We will celebrate Mass in St. Mark’s Basilica and afterwards enjoy a guided tour, admiring its luminous mosaics. St. Mark’s Basilica is truly an unforgettable sight and considered one of Italy’s best loved tourist attractions.

After free time for lunch and personal sightseeing we will we continue to the four-star Villa Pace Park Hotel where we will stay for one night on a half board basis.

Day 8 – Tuesday, 24 September This morning we will transfer to Venice airport 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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