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The World Meeting of Families in Rome with Pope Francis

Join the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Office of Family Life

Trip Length

11 Days

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Trip Type

1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

See the best that Italy has to offer on this 12-day spiritual journey through Florence, Assisi, and Rome.

Visit remarkable churches, basilicas, shrines, ruins, and museums. See moving Renaissance art in Florence and the Colosseum and Forum in Rome. Visit the Vatican with the option to attend the Papal Audience. And, on this special occasion, attend Mass with Pope Francis as you participate in the World of Family meetings.

Connect with your faith in this one-of-a-kind pilgrimage through Italy.

Highlights

  • Celebrate mass in a number of important, historic churches and basilicas.
  • See renaissance art in Florence and explore this magical city
  • Explore ancient Rome including the Colosseum and the Forum
  • Visit the Vatican and several major basilicas
  • Celebrate Mass at a side altar in St. Peter’s
  • Attend Mass with Pope Francis & participate in the World of Family meetings.

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What’s Included

  • International airfare from New York gateway
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Private motorcoach & driver
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person

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Prices & Dates

Prices are based on double occupancy: all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday, June 20 – New York/Rome

Depart on your overnight flight to Rome. Dinner served aboard flight. (D)

Day 2 – Tuesday, June 21 – Rome/Assisi

​Upon arrival at the airport in Rome meet our tour escort and transfer to the bus that will take us to Assisi the town of beloved St. Francis. On the way we will drive through very scenic regions. Upon arrival in Assisi we will check in our hotel. Time permitting walk around Assisi. Welcome dinner in a special restaurant. (D)

Day 3 – Wednesday, June 22 – Assisi

After a restful night we will have breakfast and we will tour important sites that follow Saint Francis’ life, including the beautiful 13th century Basilica built over his crypt. Other import- ant sites include the Church of St. Clare, which houses her incorrupt body, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, built over the Porziuncola, the start of the Franciscan Order, the thorn less rose bush and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. In the evening explore this very beautiful village and enjoy dinner on our own in one of the many restaurants. Overnight in Assisi. (B)

Day 4 – Thursday, June 23 – Assisi/Siena/Florence

After breakfast we depart for Siena located in central region of Tuscany. Siena is a lovely medieval walled city and the birthplace of Saint Catherine. Visit the Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral and Basilica of Saint Francis containing the miraculous consecrated hosts still intact since 1730. Visit St. Dominic where we view the incorrupt head of St. Catherine. We depart for Florence. Arrive in the late afternoon for some leisure time before dinner and overnight in Florence. (B,D)

Day 5 – Friday, June 24 – Florence/Rome

After breakfast we will tour Florence. We will start with an Orientation tour of Florence, “The Renaissance City,” visiting the Duomo, Santa Croce Church, where many nobles are buried, and the Academy Museum, to see the famous statue of “David” by Michelangelo. We will have some time for shopping at the famous sidewalk vendors for the excellent leather goods, for which Florence is famous. After lunch, we will take a scenic drive to Rome for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 6 – Saturday, June 25 – Festival of Families with Pope Francis

After breakfast, enjoy your morning at leisure. In the afternoon, we depart to spend the evening with Pope Francis at the Festival of Families. Return to the hotel for overnight (B)

Day 7 – Sunday, June 26

After breakfast, we depart for the closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis. Once we return to the hotel, you will have time to explore the streets and sights of Rome. (B)

Day 8 – Monday, June 27 – Rome

After breakfast we will have a guided tour of Christian Rome. Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (visit inside), continuing to see the Holy Steps « Sacta Sanctorum » before visiting inside the Basilica of San Giovanni, the cathedral of Rome. Then proceeding along the Ancient Appian Way, you will pass by the Chapel of “Domine Quo Vadis?” Continue the visit to the Basilica of St. Paul outside the wall. Free time for lunch and transfer for Vatican tour. We will view the vast collection of art and antiquities in the Vatican Museums. Continue to the Sistine Chapel through the Candelabra Gallery to admire the Greek – Roman art, the Tapestries with the most extraordinary Flemish works and the Map Gallery with exceptional geographical details *. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco depicting the history of the creation and the Last Judgement overlooks Italian art masterpieces. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, surrounding the world’s largest church. While Bernini designed most of works found in the church, Michelangelo’s Pietà is also housed here; St. Peter’s Square. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 9 – Tuesday, June 28 – Rome

After breakfast we will walk through the alleys of Trastevere seeing the wonders hidden in its squares, the beauty of its monuments where the ancient and the modern come together. Start from Piazza Trilussa, dedicated to the famous Poet of Rome Trilussa. Cross Ponte Sisto enjoying its panoramic view to reach Via dei Pettinari. We walk to the Vicolo delle Grotte and continue up to Palazzo Farnese, with its splendid fountain. Continuing to enter Campo de Fiori, Historical and folklore market by day and the center of nightlife in the evening. Admire the statue dedicated to the philosopher Giordano Bruno. Cancelleria Historical site of the Apostolic Chancery, today it still welcomes the tribunals of the Holy See: The Apostolic Penitentiary, the Apostolic Signatura and the Roman Rota. Free time for lunch. Continue to a guided tour of Monumental Rome. Walk through the fountains and squares of Rome, admire Spanish Steps, a fountain by Bernini and the stairway on which the Trinità dei Monti church stands, the world famous Trevi Fountain, a jewel of water and stone. Throw a coin in it, to be ensured a return to Rome. The Column of Marcus Aurelius, the Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, the Pantheon (visit inside *) built as a temple dedicated to all past, present and future deities, converted into a Christian basilica called Santa Maria della Rotonda or Santa Maria ad Martyres, Palazzo Madama seat of the senate, and Piazza Navona, the most elegant and the most joyous Roman square. Admire the beautiful fountains of the four rivers and the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. Transfer to the hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 10 – Wednesday, June 29 – Rome

After breakfast and Mass revisit your favorite places, shop end enjoy your last day in the Eternal City. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant and overnight. (B,D)

Day 11 – Thursday, June 30 – Departure

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for our flight home.

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Essential Information & Weather

Weather

The country of Italy has a mostly Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and cold, rainy winters. But at nearly 840 miles in length north to south, Italy also has a variety of sub- and micro-climates where seasonal weather can differ greatly from national norms. Global climate change is affecting Italy’s weather, with more extreme weather events and overall warmer temperatures year-round.


In general travelers to Italy should plan on hot, sunny summers; mildly cold winters with a lot of rain and little snowfall; and fall and spring seasons that can range from sunny and pleasant to rainy and chilly.


In the heavily touristed area of Rome north to Florence and the rest of Tuscany, you’ll find four distinct seasons. Summers are dry and can be extremely hot, with daytime temperatures in the high 90s F and even exceeding 104 F. Winters in this section of Italy are generally wet and mild, with temperatures seldom dropping below 32 F.


While you may get some chilly, sunny days, overcast skies are more the norm.
In the eastern, mountainous regions of Abruzzo and Le Marche, summertime temperatures may be lower, and winters more severe, with regular snowfall.
For a real-time weather report: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/italy

Packing List

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten-day trip in Italy. Please consider the season of travel and type of trip to adjust, as it gets quite hot in the summer and can get quite cold and wet in wintertime.

• 7-9 x underwear, socks,
• 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal!
• 2-3 x shorts
• 2 x long, loose shirts
• 4-5 x t-shirts or tops
• 2-3 evening tops
• 1-2 x sandals or flip flops for warmer-weather walking
• 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking/running shoes
• 1 x pair of more formal shoes
• 1 rain/wind-proof jacket
• 2-3 sweaters or other colder-weather gear
• sunglasses
• sun hat
• toiletries
• 1 x day bag
• 1 x evening bag
• European adapter
• Phone, camera and any other electronics needed
• passport and travel docs
• insurance

Specific packing notes for the Vatican:
• Cover shoulders: avoid strapless tops, spaghetti straps tops and vests (both men and women)
• Avoid above the knee skirts and shorts (men and women)
• Avoid exposing excessive cleavage, a waist/belly or back
• Do not wear slogans or prints that may be perceived as offensive

Passports

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the Schengen area, and that you have at least two blank pages available for the entry stamp.

Visa

Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

Currency & Exchange

The currency of Italy is the Euro, which breaks into 100 cents. You will be able to exchange dollars for Euros in most hotels, as well as at banks and registered money exchanges. ATMs can be found throughout the country, and most major credit/debit cards can be used to withdraw cash.

Though most merchants prefer cash, credit and debit cards are accepted at most larger businesses — especially aimed at tourists. For purchases under 20 euros, you’ll likely need to use cash. Before traveling, try to ascertain what fees your credit card company or bank of choice might take for transactions, to avoid any unhappy surprises.

Tipping is not obligatory, but is appreciated. There is no standard for you to follow, but consider rounding up on restaurant bills, and adding a euro while paying for a taxi-ride. Please note that tips should be in cash.

Phone & Internet Connectivity

Broadband internet access is available in most cities, and some municipalities even offer free wifi in the touristic centers. Free wifi is also offered to customers in different cafes, restaurants and some hotels (hotels may charge for access). Internet connectivity on your mobile device is available throughout most of the country, but unless you have unlimited roaming, your bill may leave you a nasty surprise. If your mobile phone allows for it, and you are in need of constant connectivity, you can always purchase a local SIM card and a prepaid plan. This provides you with local phone number and internet access, allowing for your mobile phone to double as a modem through the mobile hotspot function.

Electricity and Adapters

In Italy the power plugs and sockets are of type F and L.
• Type F: also known as “Schuko”. This socket also works with plug C and plug E.
• Type L: This type is of Italian origin. This socket also works with plug C.

Dress & Modesty Norms

Italy is chic, fashion-forward, and respectful of religion. You’ll spot locals dressing elegantly just to go on daily errands. This, of course, is not expected, but worth noting if you want to blend in. Additional tips for dress norms:
• Italy is a major center of European fashion. Italians are chic. Even people in small towns spend a great deal of money on their wardrobes and dress well at all times.


• Dress elegantly but conservatively.
• Jackets and ties are required in better restaurants.
• Old, torn, dirty clothing are seldom seen and not appreciated.
• Men and women dress conservatively and formally for business (men: suits and ties; women: dresses or suits). Women should wear feminine clothing.

A few notes on body language:
• Maintain eye contact while talking. Otherwise Italians might think you are hiding something.
• To beckon a waiter or waitress raise your index finger and make eye contact.
• Italians are known for using the most body language of all European nations.

Food & Water

Water: Thanks to the mountains, clean drinking water is abundant and relatively available across most regions. The processing and cleaning standards are as good as any in Europe. The main issue is the piping and storing, so be careful when drinking from the tap.

While out and about, cheap alternative to bottled water runs from public water fountains that can be found in all towns and villages. This water is free, safe and readily available from marked water posts everywhere. And it is safe for tourists to stop and take a drink or fill up their drinking bottles from these fountains instead of carrying bottled water around.

Timezone

Italy is +2 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/italy

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