God is Full of Life

Pilgrimage to Italy


Visiting Rome and Assisi offers a uniquely Catholic experience — one that is simultaneously beautiful, holy, and awe-inspiring. The Pope, the churches, the saints, the art, it’s one breathtaking moment after another. 

It’s a trip set in one of the most gorgeous countries in the world, with cities, sunsets, food, and wine that are simply unforgettable. And through it all you’ll be reminded of the fullness of God and the life he’s given us. 

Discover it For Yourself

See the beauty of
the universal church

Getting to see the Pope, worshipping in the world’s most astounding churches, and being surrounded by the stories of Italian saints makes the Catholic Church come alive like nothing else. Being placed at the global center of the Catholic faith will humble you and leave you inspired.

Walk through

There’s no end to the history that exists in and around Rome and Assisi — from the very streets you walk on, to the ancient buildings still standing, magnificent sculptures to priceless art. Pictures do little justice to these sites, and little prepares you for the tangible experience of seeing them.

Live life to
the fullest

There’s nothing quite like life in Italy. Bread and pasta made fresh daily, the world’s finest wines, long dinners, and the beauty of Italian cities, and so much more come together for a life that’s lived beautifully. Experience a taste of all of it in two of Italy’s greatest cities.


  • A dedicated pilgrimage director, supplemented with local guide(s)
  • Private transportation on motorcoach
  • Online Prep Webinar Icon Online prep webinar and emailed prep materials
  • Custom booklet for each pilgrim
  • All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary
  • 4-star hotel properties come standard
  • Breakfast daily, several lunches and dinners

Standard Itinerary

(Itinerary shown does not include flights to/from pilgrimage.)

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Youth and Young Adult Ministry Diocese of

Arrive in

  • The Pope in St. Peter’s Square, Rome Landmarks

As you arrive in Rome you’ll immediately take in the ambiance of the city and check into your hotel. Once you’re checked in, head out into the city to discover the local beauty of Rome. Head to mass at a local church and then finish the evening with your fellow pilgrims as you enjoy a welcome dinner where you’ll find yourself immersed in both the culture and cuisine of this wonderful destination.

The Best of Rome

  • The Pope in St. Peter’s Square, Rome Landmarks

This morning offers a truly once-in-a-lifetime moment as you awake to greet the Pope at a Papal Audience in Saint Peter’s Square (pending the Holy Father’s schedule). Join thousands of other pilgrims from around the world as you experience the diversity and unity of the Church. Following this, explore Rome city highlights as you meander through the bustling streets visiting iconic places like Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and more. Finish the day in prayer with Mass in a local church.

Explore the Vatican

  • The Vatican Museum, Tomb of St. Peter

The chambers of the Vatican Museum await you this morning. Guided by a local expert, contemplate the priceless works of religious and historical importance found in the museum, including Tapestries Hall, Apollo Belvedere, Raphael’s “School of Athens”, and of course, the Sistine Chapel. Then, a true hidden gem of a pilgrimage to Rome, the Scavi Tour. Only a select number of visitors get a close-up visit to the tomb of St. Peter under the Basilica, so this exclusive access is only available to those that sign-up early (and even with that, it is still pending availability).

Roman Church Highlights

  • Basilicas of Rome, Catacombs, Basilica of the Holy Cross

Today make the traditional Roman pilgrimage as you stop at the three other Major Basilicas of Rome – St. Paul Outside the Walls (with Mass), St. John Lateran, and St. Mary Major. In the morning, take a walk underground as you discover the ancient Christian catacombs. Then, pray with the Passion Relics at the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem and on the “Holy Stairs” – the marble staircase used in Jerusalem during the trial of Jesus and brought to Rome by Queen Helena in the 4th Century.


  • Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill

The largest Amphitheater of its day, the Colosseum was a place of great spectacle. As you travel here, you’ll have the opportunity to step into one of the world’s most famous stages where classical mythology came to life and gladiators battled. While here, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill—the most ancient region of Italy. Learn about the grandiose history of the Roman Empire in all its glory, splendor, and infamy and find seeing the remnants of this political stronghold come to life before your very eyes. When lunchtime rolls around, get ready to test your pizza-making skills in a fun cooking workshop before enjoying your creations. 

Vatican City

  • St. Peter’s Basilica

First, a private Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Yes, you read that right! Start your morning back at St. Peter’s with a Mass in the crypt or side altar of the Basilica. Then, for the rest of the morning, enjoy free time to explore the city on your own. Opt to stay at St. Peter’s to climb the cupola, take more time to pray, or search for your own hidden gem in the city. If you’re willing to pay just a little extra, you’ll even get the chance to participate in a Mosaic Workshop. Whatever you decide, we’re confident it will be worth it. When lunchtime rolls around, get ready to test your pizza-making skills in a fun cooking workshop before heading off for Assisi. In the late afternoon, take in the Italian countryside as you transfer to Assisi, then enjoy a group dinner in this captivating town. 

Breathtaking Assisi

  • Assisi, Basilica of St. Francis, Basilica of St. Clare

Enjoy a full day in the hills of Assisi, and yes, be prepared for some hills! Walk through the charming streets of the old city of Assisi as you visit the hometown of the brother-sister pair of Sts. Francis and Clare. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Francis, the final resting place of St. Francis and home to the famous Giotto frescoes. Also visit the Basilica of St. Clare, the original San Damiano Crucifix, and the Basilica of St. Mary and the Angels, the church built around the original church – the 9th century Porziuncola.

A Final Day

  • Orvieto, Rome

One final day in the Italian countryside brings you to Orvieto, site of the breath-taking Duomo of Orvieto and the Eucharistic miracle of Bolsena. Then, transfer back to Rome for a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

City-scape often seen during a pilgrimage to Italy.


Once you register, we’ll help you prepare for the journey, logistically and spiritually. In the meantime:

Upcoming Departures

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Why Travel With Verso?

  • We believe everything is sacred. Not just just the saints and sacraments, the Pope or parishes. God’s present in the city, the country, the food, and the conversation. And we get to explore it all.
  • As a ministry, we’re here with expertise in travel, planning, and spiritual direction, to help pilgrims explore the sacred. And everything is sacred.
  • Join us to do true Catholic pilgrimage by experiencing everything to its fullest.


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