Rome & Southern Italy - Fr. Robert Hart (1826) and Fr. Joah Ellis (1827)

June 11-20, 2018

Must be Physically Able to Travel

Magi Travel tours require participants to be able to do a fair amount of walking, sometimes on uneven or hilly terrain. Participants may decide to "stay behind" for certain parts of the tour. If you have mobility issues, you must travel with someone who can assist you and they will need to register for the trip. Magi Travel Tour Coordinators, Hosts and Tour Guides are unable to assist individual passengers with mobility issues.

Daily Itinerary

Monday, June 11: USA to Rome: Optional overnight flight. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

Tuesday, June 12: Arrival, Imperial Rome

Roman ForumMorning arrival at Rome airport (FCO). Meet with your local tour guide and transfer to your first-class hotel located near St. Peter’s Square. Rome is known as the Eternal City. Built on seven hills, capital of an empire to which it gave its name and the seat of Christianity, Rome is rich in relics of its past and was for a long time the first museum-city in the world. Today it is the center of Italian political, administrative and cultural life.

Afternoon guided tour of Imperial Rome: see Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill, and the Arch of Constantine. Next visit the Colosseum, the Flavian amphitheatre dating back to 80AD, a masterpiece of ancient architecture where Christians were literally thrown to the lions.

In the evening transfer by bus to restaurant Da Benito for a special Roman welcome dinner with music. (D)

Wednesday, June 13: Audience with the Pope, Classic Rome

Pope FrancisAfter an early breakfast, walk to nearby St. Peter’s Square to attend the Wednesday audience with Pope Francis, a truly unique experience for all Catholic pilgrims.

Afternoon guided tour to discover the Trevi Fountain, a grandiose late baroque monument; Piazza di Spagna, dominated by the majestic stairways known as the “Spanish Steps”; the Pantheon, a perfectly preserved 27 BC temple converted into a church, containing the tombs of the kings of Italy and that of Raphael; and Piazza Navona, built on the site of Domitian’s Stadium, adorned by Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers. Mass will be celebrated at the beautiful baroque church of Sant’Agnese in Agone.

Dinner on your own this evening. (B)

Thursday, June 14: Papal Basilicas

St. John LateranMorning guided tour of three of the main Papal basilicas of Rome. The first stop will be on the Esquiline Hill where you will discover the treasures inside the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, then continue by coach to the Holy Staircase and the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the cathedral of Rome. At last, visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, founded by the Roman emperor Constantine over the burial place of St. Paul, where you will celebrate Mass.

Afternoon is free for independent activities.

Dinner is on your own this evening. (B)

Friday, June 15: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Alban Hills

Vatican MuseumsWalk to nearby St. Peter’s Basilica for a private Mass in the Vatican caves. After Mass, begin a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Once inside, you will take the beautiful spiral staircase and continue through the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps before arriving in the famous Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece of Renaissance art, with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel is the place where the conclave meets and the scene of the most solemn
ceremonies of the Holy See.

Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the tomb of the apostle Peter and decorated in Baroque style by Bernini. See Michelangelo’s statue of the “Pietà” and the famous baldaquin by Bernini crowning the pontifical altar.

Afternoon excursion to the Alban Hills, a region of small towns huddled on top of the hills that surround lakes of volcanic origin. We reach Castelgandolfo, the summer residence of the Pope, Rocca di Papa and finally Frascati, famous for its white wine and patrician villas. Dinner at a typical restaurant. Return to Rome after dinner. (B,D)

Saturday, June 16: Pompeii, Sorrento

PompeiiMorning departure from Rome to Pompeii, where you’ll celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Virgin of the Rosary. Guided tour of the excavated area, the only archaeological site which gives the real image of a Roman city, with wellpreserved buildings buried under meters of ash and lava after the Vesuvius eruption in 79AD. At the time of the eruption, experts estimate the town had about 35,000 inhabitants.

Proceed to Sorrento, the most charming resort in the Bay of Naples, perfectly set in a Mediterranean landscape, described and immortalized in song by artists, poets and travelers from every period of history. Accommodation at your centrally located first-class hotel.

Welcome dinner at restaurant Antico Francischiello, with wonderful views of the sea. (B,D)

Sunday, June 17: Capri Island

Capri IslandDepart for a full-day excursion to Capri island. The craggy, flower-covered Island of Capri is home to any number of artistic, historical and natural wonders. Surrounded by the bluest of seas, Capri has been enchanting visitors for centuries. From the ruins of Roman villas to splendid private residences you can wander along little lanes, amidst gardens overflowing with bougainvillea, plumbago, grapevines and mandevilla, with fabulous views of the azure sea. Mass will be celebrated at Santa Sofia Church in Anacapri.

Return to Sorrento in the afternoon.

Dinner is on your own this evening. (B)

Monday, June 18: Amalfi Coast

Amalfi CathedralFull-day excursion along the scenic Amalfi Coast, declared one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its undisputed beauty and the uniqueness of its natural landscape. Stop for a panoramic view of the charming town of Positano, then proceed to the coastal fishing village of Amalfi for a visit to the imposing Cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew, where you’ll celebrate Mass.

Return to Sorrento in the afternoon.

Dinner is on your own this evening. (B)

Tuesday, June 19: Sorrento

SorrentoAfter a morning Mass at Sorrento Cathedral, you will have a day free in Sorrento for personal activities.

Later in the afternoon, transfer to an “agriturismo” in the hills overlooking Sorrento for a visit and tasting of local olive oil, wine and cheese, followed by a “hands-on” pizza cooking school and a rich pizza dinner and limoncello tasting.

Return to Sorrento after dinner. (B,D)

Wednesday, June 20: Departure

Morning transfer to Naples airport (NAP) for departure. (B)

 

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

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