Project Description

ROME IN THE FALL

“I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth.”
–Pope Benedict XVI

Classic ITALY: Rome in the Fall

September 24 – October 2, 2020

Join us as we visit the holiest of sites in Rome and travel through the colorful and lovely fall countryside to Lanciano/Manopello and Assisi.

Our Rome in the Fall 2020 pilgrimage is part of our Classic Pilgrimage line, which we have carefully budgeted for couples and single travelers so that they can experience the unique qualities of Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages at an affordable price, without sacrificing Inside the Vatican integrity and style. These pilgrimages are limited to 33 pilgrims, never more! We cap the number of pilgrims because we want to keep each pilgrimage as intimate as possible.

WHAT IS A CLASSIC PILGRIMAGE?

Stay at the beautiful Villa Serenella, a Maronite monastery, previously a Roman villa, now the home of a small band of monks from Lebanon. The monastery is within the geographical bounds of the city of Rome, yet secluded and peaceful. Join us as each morning as the monks chant the Divine Office in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke 2,000 years ago.

As you can see from the below Pilgrimage Overview, this itinerary is filled with many personal encounters and visits to some of the holiest places in Italy.

WHAT IS THE VILLA SERENELLA?

Papal Basilica of St. Paul’s-Outside-The-Walls

2020 ITALY-ROME IN THE FALL INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION PACKET

Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Spend eight (8) nights at the Villa Serenella, the Maronite monastery in Rome
  • Meet Dr. Robert Moynihan, leading Vatican analyst and founder and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, Deborah Tomlinson, Chief Operating Officer, and friends of Inside the Vatican magazine
  • Gain insight into the workings of the Vatican from Dr. Moynihan

DAYS 1 AND 2: ROME

  • Pray at the Basilica of Santo Spirito, the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Rome
  •     Join Dr. Moynihan on a private tour of St. Peter’s Square
  •     Visit two of the four major  Basilicas of Rome: St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran
  •     Experience a driving tour of Ancient Rome and see the Roman Forum, the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, Circus Maximus and the Arch of Titus

DAY 3: LANCIANO AND MANOPELLO (DAY TRIP)

  • Venerate the famous Eucharisti miracle and the Holy Face of Manopello

DAYS 4 AND 5: ROME:

  •     Attend a Sunday Angelus with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square
  •     Travel along the Appian Way
  •     Explore the Catacombs of Callixtus
  •     Visit the famous Domino Quo Vadis Church, St. Sebastian-Outside-the-Walls and the tomb of St. Paul at the Papal Basilica: St. Paul’s-Outside-the-Walls

Overview continued …

DAY 6: ASSISI (DAY TRIP)

  •     Tour the Basilica of St. Francis and visit his tomb; attend Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels and pray in St. Francis’ Portiuncula
  •     Visit the Basilica of St. Clare and pray at her tomb
  •     Enjoy a walking tour of Assisi

DAYS 7, 8 and 9: ROME

  •    Attend a Papal Audience as a guest of Inside the Vatican magazine
  •    Enjoy a walking tour of Baroque Rome led by Dr. Moynihan to the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Piazza Navona, including viewing five (5)       Caravaggio paintings and the Madonna Del Popolo, the  miraculous image of Our Lady painted by St. Luke
  •    Visit the Basilica of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, where Our Lady appeared to Alphonse Rattisbonne in the same image as she appears on the Miraculous               Medal and where St. Maximilian Kolbe offered his first Mass
  •    Enjoy a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum
  •    Climb the Holy Stairs near the Basilica of St. John Lateran
  •    Visit Santa Croce, the church containing relics of the Passion from Jerusalem (time permitting)
2020 ITALY-ROME IN THE FALL INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION PACKET