Italy: Florence, Siena, Assisi & Rome - Fr. Tom Walker (# 2007)

October 12-22, 2020

Must be Physically Able to Travel

Magi Travel tours require participants to be able to do a considerable amount of walking (3-5 miles per day), sometimes on uneven, rough or hilly terrain. If you have mobility issues, you must travel with someone who is physically able to assist you and they will also need to register for the trip. Magi Travel Tour Coordinators, Hosts and Tour Guides are unable to assist individual passengers with mobility issues. Please note that scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.

Daily Itinerary

Monday, October 12, 2020: USA to Florence

Optional overnight flight across the Atlantic. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

Tuesday, October 13: Florence

Arrival at Florence airport, transfer to our hotel in the city center for check-in. A visit to Florence is a visit to the living museum of Italian Renaissance. The Renaissance began right here and the city bears witness to the proud spirit and unparalleled genius of its artists and artisans. Florence has more sights to visit within one square kilometer than any other city in Europe. It is also a shopper's paradise: countless shops laden with jewelry of Florentine gold and silver, exquisite leather goods, chic fashion houses and the straw market where you can find great bargains. Private Mass for the group.

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Florence. (D)

Wednesday, October 14: Florence

Guided tour of Florence: first visit the Accademia Gallery, the center of art known from the medieval time, which houses the magnificent statue of David by Michelangelo. Walk to the lovely Piazza del Duomo to admire Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery’s incomparable bronze doors by Ghiberti, known as the Gates of Paradise. We will then see Piazza della Signoria, the city’s most beautiful square with marvelous statuary and fountains, the Palazzo Vecchio and the 14th-century Ponte Vecchio. Mass at the Basilica of Santa Croce, the principal Franciscan church of Florence, burial place of Michelangelo, Dante, Galileo, Machiavelli and other illustrious Italians.

Afternoon free for individual sightseeing or shopping.

Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in Florence.(B)

Ponte Veccio

Thursday, October 15: Siena, Assisi

Today we tour south Tuscany and the Umbrian countryside, a gentle land of hills and valleys where St. Francis lived. Stop in Siena, the birthplace of Catherine and many famous artists, for a guided walking tour. Visit the black and white Duomo (Cathedral) with scenes inlaid in the marble floors and sculptures by Michelangelo. See Piazza del Campo dominated by the Torre del Mangia. Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of San Domenico, which houses relics of St. Catherine.

In the afternoon continue to Assisi, a city enclosed by ramparts and hardly changed since the middle ages. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its art and architecture, and the home town of St. Francis. 

Accommodation and dinner at Assisi hotel. (B,D)

Siena - Piazza del Campo

Friday, October 16: Assisi

Guided tour of Assisi: visit the church of St. Clare, surrounded by a terrace from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Umbrian countryside. Then walk the narrow streets to St. Francis Basilica, consisting of two superimposed churches and a crypt. The building was consecrated in 1253 and houses famous frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue. Mass at St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, standing on the plain where St. Francis and his companions built huts around a dilapidated chapel restored by the saint. Inside is the little chapel of the “Porziuncola,” where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the Bride of Christ and where he had the vision which inspired the Pardon of Assisi. 

Afternoon and evening free to explore Assisi. Overnight in Assisi. (B)


Saturday, October 17: Sabina, Rome

After breakfast, head to a nearby farm in the Sabina region, a land of olive groves and hilltop villages. Learn the secrets of homemade pasta by watching a cooking demonstration followed by a delicious lunch with local specialties. Next, celebrate Mass in the Benedictine Abbey of Farfa, once one of the most powerful abbeys in Europe, surrounded by a quaint medieval village. Enjoy time to browse the handicraft shops along the picturesque street outside the abbey.

Continue to Rome, Italy’s capital, a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Accommodation at our 4-star, centrally-located hotel.

Evening and dinner on your own. (B,L)

Benedictine Abbey of Farfa

Sunday, October 18: Classic Rome
Morning walking tour to visit the most famous and charming squares of Rome: the Trevi Fountain, a grandiose late Baroque monument; the Spanish Steps, dominated by the majestic stairways of Trinità dei Monti; and the Pantheon, an ancient temple founded in 27 BC, and later converted into a church. Free time to stroll around the scenic Piazza Navona, a large square built on the site of Domitian’s Stadium, adorned by the Baroque masterpiece, Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers. Afternoon free in Rome.
Celebrate Mass at St. Paul Outside the Walls before dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Rome. (B,D)
Trevi Fountain


Monday, October 19: St. Peter's Basilica, Castel Gandolfo, Vineyard Tour

Early transfer to St. Peter’s Basilica for a private Mass in the Vatican Caves. Depart to Castel Gandolfo to visit the Apostolic Palace, the former summer residence of the Popes, recently open to visitors by Pope Francis. Admire the Papal Apartment, paintings, relics, liturgical vestments, uniforms and other curiosities. Also on display are the sedan chair of Pope Pius IX and the BMW used by Pope John Paul II. On board a comfortable ecological vehicle we will then discover the Barberini Gardens, the natural and archaeological treasure of the Pontifical Villa. 

Enjoy a light buffet lunch with typical products at a nearby winery; tour the vineyards and the cellars and taste the “Castelli Romani” wines, before we return to Rome for a free evening. Overnight in Rome. (B,L)

Castel Gandolfo
Tuesday, October 20: Ancient Rome, Private Vatican Tour

Morning guided tour of ancient Rome. See the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, Palatine Hill and the Arch of Constantine. Finally visit the Colosseum, the Flavian amphitheater dating back to 80 AD. Mass at St. John Lateran Basilica.

In the evening, experience a special private tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel “after hours,” a unique chance to visit—without the usual crowd— treasures like the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and the Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece of Renaissance art and the place where the conclave meets, with the magnificent Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Wednesday, October 21: Papal Audience

Morning transfer to St. Peter's Square to attend the Papal Audience, a truly unique experience for all Catholic pilgrims.

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure in Rome for personal activities or for shopping.

Farewell dinner this evening at a special Roman restaurant with music. (B,D)

Papal Audience
 Thursday, October 22: Departure

Morning transfer to Rome Airport (FCO) for group's departure. (B)



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Group Meals: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

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