Take this incredible pilgrimage of the most important shrines in Italy. Explore the beautiful countryside of these regions and visit these special cities while confirming your faith.
- 8 nights accommodation
- Breakfasts & Dinners
- Accompanying guide for the entire tour
- Local guides according to the program
- Private bus for the complete tour.
Day 1: Rome
Pick up at the Italy airport and transfer to the hotel. Free time. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 2: Rome
Breakfast. One of our religious trips to Italy began with the panoramic visit of the eternal capital: the Venice Square with the Vittorio Emanuel II Monument, the Capitol Hill, the Avenue of the Imperial Forums, the remains of the Imperial Palace, the Colosseum ( exterior), the Arch of Constantine, etc. Then we will make the view of Christian Rome: we will go to the Catacombs and then we will visit the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls and the Cathedral of Rome: Saint John Lateran. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 3: Rome
Breakfast. Visit of the Vatican State with the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece of universal painting and St. Peter’s Basilica. In the afternoon we will visit the interior of the Colosseum, the Basilica of San Clemente, and the Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains with Michelangelo’s Moses. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 4: Rome
Breakfast. In the morning we will go to the Vatican * to attend the Papal Audience. In the event that the Pope is not in the Vatican, we will visit the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. In the afternoon we will visit Baroque Rome where we will visit the most emblematic fountains and squares of the city: Navona Square, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, etc. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 5: Rome – Monte Sant Angelo – San Giovanni Rotondo
Breakfast. Departure to Monte Sant Angelo, with the grotto of San Miguel Arcángel. Visit the Sanctuary where you will see the Chapel of Reconciliation, the Crypts and the Devotional Museum. Continuation to San Giovanni Rotondo, where Blessed Pio of Pietrelcina lived. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 6: San Giovanni Rotondo
Breakfast. Visit to places related to Padre Pio: the Convent of the Capuchin Fathers, the Church of Our Lady of Graces, the Crypt where the Tomb of Padre Pio is located, the New Church, the monumental Stations of the Cross. The celebration of the Eucharist occupies the center of the pilgrim’s life, so you can participate in the Eucharist in the Church of the Capuchin Fathers where Padre Pio celebrated for so many years. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 7: San Giovanni Rotondo – Loreto – Assisi
Breakfast. Departure to Loreto, where the Holy House is located, located in the Center of the Great Basilica and which has become one of the great pilgrimage centers. It is the same house in Nazareth that the Archangel Gabriel visited at the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is there where the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us. During the visit we will know how the house got to Loreto. Continuation to Asis. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 8: Assisi – Padua
Breakfast. We will visit some of the places that have to do with the Franciscans of the city: Basilica of San Francisco, where the Tomb of San Francisco, the Basilica of Santa Clara and La Porciúncula in Santa María de los Ángeles, one of the most Sacred for the Franciscans since it was the first church built by him by San Francisco himself. Continuation of our trip to Padua. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 9: Padua – Venice Airport
Breakfast. In the morning departure to Padoua. Visit of the Basilica of San Antonio where the remains of the Saint from Lisbon are found. We will finish our religious trip to Italy at the Venice airport.
“Frank and the Forocio team were wonderful in working to make our Study Abroad program a success with the large group of students we traveled with. Every detail was well organized and allowed us to enjoy the trips without worry. The tour guides they chose for us were professional and knowledgable. Frank checked in on us after every trip to ensure things had gone smoothly. We can’t imagine having traveled without them! We highly recommend Frank and Forocio!”
Ryan M. Bessett, PhD
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics Department of Writing & Language Studies University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
“We would like to thank you for organizing an excellent trip for our program. I would like to comment particularly on the excellent guides we had this time (Elena along the Way, Maria in Santiago, and Theresa in Madrid). I can’t complement them all enough, all very knowledgeable and flexible to meet our groups’ needs. Our bus driver, Manuel, was also great.
Our whole group was very pleased with the accommodations all along the way as well. I think the only hiccup we had was figuring out the taxi support and payment during the Camino. It all worked out in the end and our group had a very positive experience. ”
Donna Gillespie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish
College of DuPage
“The University of California has for years enjoyed the excellent services of Forocio in organizing trips to Andalucía for our students studying at Madrid universities. I have nothing but praise for the professionalism of Forocio, the selection of sites to be visited, hotels to stay and restaurants to eat. The guides they provide are a cut above what one would expect and the overall experience has been noted in glowing terms by our students and professors alike. ”
Professor and Director Centro de Estudios de la Universidad de California
“Our group – a small classical choir – very much enjoyed our four-day-trip to Madrid, which was especially due to the refined and personal organisation of Forocio. The hotel, the restaurants (thinking of that Cafe with live opera singing!) and the local tour guides were thoroughly selected and strained to meet our needs and desires. A special thank you we would like to give to Forocio for arranging for our choir to perform during a church service at the famous Almudena Cathedral – what a delight it was to sing within this dignified and magnificent edifice! Another climax of the tour was a day tour to Toledo, the “secret capital of Spain”. Wow, history’s unwinding there in every brick and every corner you turn. Again, thank you very much to Forocio, it’s been an unforgettable trip.”
MBtouristik.ExklusiveGruppenreisenGbR – Germany
“Everyone is still talking about the trip and the outstanding experience it turned out to be. My deepest thanks to you for supplying us with wonderful guides, excellent hotels, exceptionally dependable coach drivers, great destinations and, most important, beautiful weather. You and your representatives did a great job for the group and I am most appreciative… Once again, my thanks for providing The Masterworks Chorus with such a wonderful and well-planned tour. ”
Dr. Robert Sharon
“I have to say that I believe that the trip was a major success… I could not have been happier with the arrangements that you made for us and everything went incredibly smoothly…I would also mention that your services were just what we needed. As an art group, I’m sure that our needs were not standard, but you did a tremendous job in accommodating us, and it’s greatly appreciated. I hope we will be working together again next year. Thanks again for all of your help and hard work.”
Jason Guynes, MFA
Professor of Art – Chairperson, Department of Visual Arts
The University of South Alabam
“Estamos encantados con los viajes que Forocio organiza para la Universidad de California año tras año. Se trata de una agencia sumamente profesional, con un excelente conocimiento de España, de su gente y de su cultura. También, entienden mejor que nadie la mentalidad y las motivaciones de nuestros estudiantes, quienes siempre recuerdan estos viajes con un gran cariño. Tampoco se olvidan de las fiestas que organiza Forocio en el Palacio de Gaviria. Son memorables! Siempre hemos estado satisfechos con los hoteles y los autobuses que nos ha facilitado Forocio. Los guías que lideran los viajes o las visitas son los mejores que hay en este negocio. En fin, es un placer trabajar con Forocio y tienen todo nuestro agradecimiento. ”
Director, Education Abroad Program of the University of California in Madrid
“The transportation, accomodations, and tour guide services provided by Forocio are consistently of the highest quality. The staff is knowledgeable, responsive, and reliable. They do an excellent job in selecting moderately priced services well-suited for student and faculty groups.”
Office of Study Abroad
University of Kansas
“My apologies for not getting back to you after the trip, but I fell immediately into a new academic semester and am only now surfacing… Anyway we all had a great great, both the students and me… You did a great job arranging an excellent (but complicated) itinerary. I would definitely plan to do Roman Spain again… You were very wise, by the way, to suggest that I bring a letter from my school. That got us free into a number of places, including the Prado. That sort of things would not have happened in Italy…Anyway, thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip. I would certain call upon you again and recommend you to others.”
Thomas Jerome Sienkewicz
Department of Classics – Monmouth College
Monmouth, Illinois – United States of America
“Ya un poco más descansada, quisiera agradecerles su apoyo durante el viaje y sobre todo para el regreso a nuestras ciudades de origen… En cuanto al viaje en si mismo se desarrolló sin contratiempos y dejó una impresión final de mucha satisfacción en todos los muchachos… Así que muchas gracias Stefan y Blanca por ese magnífico regalo que hicieron a los muchachos y que definitivamente quedará en sus memorias como uno de los mejores recuerdos de su vida. Quisiera terminar este correo dando unas inmensas gracias a Henar. Fue un elemento invaluable para el exito de este viaje. Su profesionalismo me impresionó porque siempre iba más allá de lo que implicaba su papel. Estaba al tanto de todo, aprendió a conocer los muchachos, inclusive identificando los de Oxford y los de Bath. Me alegro haberla conocido y creo que en una semana no solamente conocí una muy buena guía pero gané una amiga.”
Profesora de francés – División Preparatoria
Campus Estado de México – TEC DE MONTERREY
“I wanted to tell you all how much my small group & I appreciated all your help, advice & assistance with our visits to cities in Italy. I would heartily recommend your group to any individual or group planning visits to Italy!”
Professor, Design, University of Kansas
“Hemos pasado un viaje sensacional en Valencia. Nuestra guía, Ester fue muy accesible, simpática y la visita informativa e interesante. El personal y servicio del hotel Excelsior fue efectivo, atento y cordial. De nuevo, nuestro conductor, Eduardo Navarro, ha sido extraordinario… Muchas gracias por el servicio de primera clase+ que he recibido de parte de tu empresa.”
Linda Luft, M.A
The University of Arizona – United States of America
“The students & teachers are very happy about the trip and its arrangement. Thank you for doing so much for us. There is no disappointment and all are fine. I am happy to be your reference whenever you need.”
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Tsimshatsui, Kowloon Hong Kong – China
“Forocio is my best choice for field trip arrangements and support during my short and long visits to Spain. I have taken groups of students from the College of DuPage to Madrid and Granada for five weeks and I was very pleased with all the support I received from Forocio. I sincerely recommend their services, their tour guides are well prepared and their expertise made our learning experience valuable. I highly recommend Forocio for all your trips in Spain.”
Edith Jaco, Ed.D.
Director of the Spain Study Abroad Program
College of DuPage – United States of America