Visit Catholic Italy - Globus® Faith Tour Package

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10 Day Tour from Rome to Padua

2017 Tour Details

Home to numerous places of devotion and worship—not to mention exquisite art and architecture—Italy is the perfect destination for travelers looking to rejoice in their faith. On this Italy tour, you’ll overnight in Rome, the heart of Christianity; Assisi, where St. Francis was born, worked, and died; Florence, one of the world’s most beautiful cities; and Padua. Along the way, you'll visit—and even attend Mass at—many of Italy’s treasured basilicas.

In Rome, you'll visit the four major Papal basilicas: St. Peter's Basilica, the world’s largest Christian church; St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome's second-largest basilica and the burial place of St. Paul the Apostle; St. John Lateran Basilica, the Western World’s oldest basilica and the Papal residence until the 14th century; and St. Mary Major Basilica, the most important Roman church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Also in Rome, you'll attend the Papal audience (subject to availability), receive the Papal Blessing, and visit the Holy Stairs, brought from Jerusalem around 326 AD by Constantine the Great’s mother.

In Assisi, in addition to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, you’ll visit the Monastery of St. Damian, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard Christ’s voice, and Carceri Hermitage, a peaceful oasis where St. Francis came to pray. In Florence, attend Mass at Santa Maria Novella Basilica, a gothic masterpiece, and visit Santa Croce Basilica, with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, and others. Finally, in Padua, founded more than 3,000 years ago, visit the Basilica of St. Anthony, dating to the 13th century. From Padua, an excursion to Venice includes a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica, where you can attend Mass.

These are just some of the many highlights on this inspirational Italy tour.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ROME
Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and see the Roman Forum; Papal Audience (subject to availability); visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica
CASCIA
Visit the Basilica and attend MassMass Mass
ASSISI
Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Porziuncola; celebrate MassMass Mass; guided walking tour, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Carceri Hermitage, and the Monastery of St. Damian
SIENA
Guided walking tour, visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, the Sanctuary of St. Catherine & House, and Piazza del Campo
FLORENCE
Celebrate MassMass Mass at Santa Maria Novella Basilica; guided walking tour, visit the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s David, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Basilica
PADUA
Guided visit of St. Anthony’s Basilica; farewell dinner
VENICE
Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit Doges’ Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark’s Square & Basilica
Headsets throughout the tour

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Vatican City
  • Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco
  • Historic Centre of Florence
  • Historic Centre of Rome
  • Historic Centre of Siena
  • Venice and its Lagoon
  • Historic Centre of Rome - various properties Vatican City

Transportation:

Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Rome, and a farewell dinner in Padua

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

DinnerDinner

Day 2 Rome

Your spiritual journey begins with a major highlight: a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER’S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber River and visit the COLOSSEUM, the largest amphitheater ever built; and see the Roman Forum, site of military processions, elections, trials, and the overall center of Roman public life for centuries.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Rome

This morning, attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, one of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas, and explore the mysterious ancient CATACOMBS that run under the city. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA and the HOLY STAIRS, which were brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Officially, pilgrims may only ascend these 28 white marble steps on their knees. Then, visit the hallowed halls of ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA, another of Rome’s four major Papal basilicas.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Rome–Cascia–Assisi

Depart Rome today and head north into Umbria for a stop in Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the “Saint of the Impossible.” Visit the BASILICA, see the tomb with the saint’s incorrupt body, and attend MassMass Mass. Also visit the lower basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Continue to hilltop Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the “Bride of Christ,” and the PORZIUNCOLA, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 Assisi

Attend MassMass Mass this morning, followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the BASILICAS OF ST. FRANCIS and ST. CLARE, and see the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. A short trip by minibus takes you to the CARCERI HERMITAGE, a peaceful oasis in the woods of Mount Subasio where St. Francis came to pray. Finally, visit the MONASTERY OF ST. DAMIAN, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare is still intact, and is where she died in 1253. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent medieval Spello.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Assisi–Siena–Florence

Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. In Siena, meet your Local Guide and learn all about St. Catherine as you visit the BASILICA OF ST. DOMINIC, the SANCTUARY, and the HOUSE. Then, enjoy a walk through the ancient narrow lanes and visit beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. Afternoon arrival in Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance.”

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 Florence

This morning, attend MassMass Mass at SANTA MARIA NOVELLA, the city’s first great basilica. Then, embark on a guided walking tour that visits the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo’s David. Admire the magnificent Duomo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry’s heavy bronze “Gate of Paradise,” and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Then visit SANTA CROCE BASILICA with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and others.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Florence–Padua

Travel through the Apennine Mountains to arrive in the flat Po area. In Padua, a guided visit of the BASILICA OF ST. ANTHONY shows you the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Padua. Excursion to Venice

A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter the city in style by PRIVATE BOAT and see the sights with your Local Guide. Visit lavish DOGES’ PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS, ST. MARK’S SQUARE and its BASILICA, where you may wish to attend Mass. Time at leisure or take an optional gondola ride. Return to Padua and join your traveling companions for a farewell dinner with wine.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 10 Padua

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Venice).

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SALVATORE RUSSO

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

Anyone can tour Italy, but only a few can tour Italy "Salvatore Style". It includes an infectious smile greeting you each morning with a "buongiorno" and asking the question "Are you ready for the adventure that lies ahead?" Passionate enthusiasm drives his desire to introduce each traveler to the sights, sounds, treasures and cultures surrounding them, always with a playful sense of humor. "Why not?" becomes more than just a question, but a feeling that anything is possible on any given day, a challenge to embrace life and enjoy the ride! Navigating easily around the hustle, bustle and unexpected obstacles is a daunting task that Salvatore undertakes always with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes.

Tour Director - SALVATORE RUSSO

 Accommodations

Rome
Assisi
Florence
Padua

Rome

Starhotels Michelangelo

Superior First-Class

Starhotels Michelangelo Via Stazione S.Pietro,14, Roma,   Italy

Via Stazione S.Pietro,14
Roma, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Modern hotel catering to business and leisure travelers is located a short walk to St Peter's Square; staff is multilingual.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mini-bar
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk

Assisi

Windsor Savoia

First-Class

Windsor Savoia Viale Marconi 1, Assisi,   Italy

Viale Marconi 1
Assisi, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Historic hotel in Assisi, opened in 1908 by the English lady Fanny Morgan, is now a modern three star hotel with all the comforts of the category, and is still run by his descendants.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Desk
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Smoking Rooms

Florence

AC Firenze by Marriott

Superior First-Class

AC Firenze by Marriott Via Luciano Bausi, 5, Florence,   Italy

Via Luciano Bausi, 5
Florence, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A stylish modern property with 118 guestrooms. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas. Other amenities include a bar, Turkish bath and fitness room. The restaurant serves delicious meals using fresh local produce and the lobby lounge bar offers evening drinks & snacks.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Mini-bar
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • In-Room Safe
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • Window Opens

Padua

Milano

First-Class

Milano Via Pilade Bronzetti,62, Padova,  Italy

Via Pilade Bronzetti,62
Padova, Italy

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A modern 80-room property of minimalistic design, ideally located only steps away from the city's historic centre. Facilities include a gym, a restaurant serving tradisional local cuisine and there is also a bar/lounge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Window Opens
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Rome
Assisi
Florence
Padua
Venice

Rome

Roman Highlights

Roman Highlights

Join your Local Guide for a tailor-made itinerary featuring some of the citys authentic jewels. A life-time experience!

Price Range: $

Assisi

Magnificent Spello with Dinner

Magnificent Spello with Dinner

Enjoy dinner at a charming local restaurant to taste the specialties of this region.

Price Range: $$

Florence

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful dinner with regional dishes prepared using the finest local ingredients.

Price Range: $$

Padua

Discover Padua and Italian Aperitivo

Discover Padua and Italian Aperitivo

Enjoy a walking tour of Padua followed by a real Italian Aperitivo.

Price Range: $

Venice

Gondola

Gondola

Enjoy a ride in a traditional gondola, gliding through centuries-old canals, under famous arched bridges, past lavish palaces and quaint piazzas.

Price Range: $

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Lagoon Cruise and Meal in Burano

Appreciate the peaceful vistas of the Lagoon while you glide past the islands of Santa Elena, San Michele and the famous Lido.

Price Range: $$

 Know Before You Go

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