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
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.
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.
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.
(Itinerary shown does not include flights to/from pilgrimage.)
The Best of Rome
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 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
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.
A trip to Rome necessitates the obligatory tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, a must-see for any visit to Italy! Learn about the grandiose history of the Roman Empire in all its glory, splendor, and infamy.
Choose Your Adventure
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 of the Basilica. Then, choose your own adventure for the rest of the day as you have 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. Whatever you decide, we’re confident it will be worth it. At the end of the day, reconvene with the group and then enjoy a ride up to Assisi for the evening.
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
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.
Once you register, we’ll help you prepare for the journey, logistically and spiritually. In the meantime: