$500.00 deposit due before 12/1/20 (call us if later than 12/1/20)
Follow the footsteps of St. Romuald!
- $500 Reservation Deposit deadline: 12/1/20
- New pricing payment schedule TBD
Details in the 2020 brochure here .. new dates coming soon:
Day 1 ~ Depart
Depart SFO for Florence Depart San Francisco, overnight flight to Florence. Complimentary meals aloft.
Day 2 ~ Arrive in Florence
Amerigo Vespucci Airport, Florence. English speaking guide will accompany us to our four-star hotel. Welcome dinner at hotel. Friday, Sept 18th ~ Florence ~ Michelangelo’s David ~ Uffizi Gallery (B)
AM: *Public Mass at the Duomo. Tour the Duomo (Santa Maria del Fiore). Proceed to the Accademia Gallery. Immerse yourself in Michelangelo’s genius and enjoy his most famous work, the statue of David.
PM: Own lunch at the Accademia. Visit Uffizi Gallery to appreciate and understand why Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. Own dinner and evening FREE
Day 3 ~ Florence ~ Camaldoli Mother House
Florence ~ Camaldoli (B,L,D) AM: Early breakfast. Private Mass*. Visit Piazza Santa Croce, one of the liveliest in Florence, including the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. Our tour in Florence concludes with a visit to the Christian Leather School. PM: Group lunch. Depart for Camaldoli. Welcome dinner at the Guest House.
Day 4 ~ Camaldoli
Camaldoli (B,L,D) Full day of contemplative prayer, Mass and conferences with Fr. Thomas on the life of St. Romuald. Group lunch and dinner. Monday, Sept 21st ~ Camaldoli ~ Arezzo (B,L,D) After breakfast,depart for Arezzo area. Visit Etruscan Parish Church (perhaps Mass). PM: Group lunch. Visit an Etruscan Museum. Free time in Arezzo. Return to Camaldoli for Vespers and dinner.
Day 5 ~ Camaldoli ~ Ravenna
Camaldoli ~ Ravenna (Romuald’s birth place) (B,L,D) After breakfast, depart Camaldoli for Ravenna. Lunch en route. Mass either in Camaldoli before we leave or in Ravenna, TBD.
PM: Walking tour of Ravenna, including the mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the church of St. Vitale, St. Apollinare Nuovo, and the Orthodox Baptistery. All these buildings feature spectacular mosaics dating back to the Early Christian and Byzantine periods. Welcome dinner at the hotel.
Day 6 ~ Ravenna ~ Classe ~ Fabriano ~ Fonte Avellana
Ravenna ~ Classe ~ Fabriano ~ Fonte Avellana (B,L,D) AM: Visit to Sant’Apollinare beside the ancient port of Classe, an important monument of Byzantine art near Ravenna. UNESCO cited this basilica as an outstanding example of the early Christian basilica. PM: Group lunch. Depart for Fabriano, the site of St. Romuald’s death. Celebrate Mass at his tomb. Some free time. Proceed to Fonte Avellana. Group dinner at the Monastery.
Day 7 ~ Fonte Avellana
Fonte Avellana (B,L,D) Full day of contemplative prayer, Mass and conferences with Fr. Thomas on the life of St. Romuald. This is the only Camaldolese Abbey (right-most picture on page 1 of this brochure) where we will ponder a fragment of True Cross of Jesus. Group lunch and dinner.
Day 8 ~ Fonte Avellana & environs
Fonte Avellana & Environs (B,D) After breakfast, depart for neighborhood Camaldolese churches and towns. Celebrate Mass*, find a spot for lunch, enjoy the area.
Day 9 ~ Fonte Avellana ~ Assisi
Fonte Avellana ~ Assisi (B,L,D) AM: Leisurely morning at the Monastery. Mass either at the Monastery or in Assisi, TBD. PM: Group lunch. Depart for Assisi. Group dinner at the hotel.
Day 10 ~ Assisi
Assisi (B) AM: Private Mass* at the Tomb of St. Francis. Tour of the Basilica of St. Francis and the Franciscan complex accompanied by an English-speaking friar. Proceed in Assisi to walking pilgrimage tour of the city, Chiesa Nuova, Piazza del Commune, Temple of Minerva, Basilica of St. Clare. Visit the Crucifix of San Damiano and the incorrupt body of St. Clare. PM: Own lunch. Afternoon FREE to explore the joys of Assisi. Dinner on own.
Day 11 ~ Porziuncola ~ Rome
AM: Santa Maria degli Angeli for Private Mass*. Tour of Basilica and the Porziuncola, the little chapel where St. Francis gathered his followers. PM: Proceed to Rome, own lunch at Autogrill on the way. Welcome dinner at hotel.
Day 12 ~ Rome ~ Scavi Tour ~ Sistine Chapel
Rome ~ St. Peter’s Basilica ~ Scavi Tour ~ Sistine Chapel (B,L) AM: Early breakfast. Depart for Private Mass* in the Crypt of St Peter’s Basilica. After Mass, enjoy the famous Scavi Tour, the necropolis underneath the Basilica, where the tomb of St. Peter is located. PM: Group lunch. Stroll to the treasures of the Vatican Museum, highlighted by the Sistine Chapel. At the end of the visit, we are free to explore on our own, perhaps to do some shopping for religious articles to be blessed tomorrow by Pope Francis. Some may be tempted to ascend to the top of the dome of St. Peter’s! ☺ Own dinner.
Day 13 ~ Rome ~ Papal Audience ~ Trevi Fountain
AM: Early breakfast. Proceed to experience the highlight of our Roman stay, the PAPAL AUDIENCE in St. Peter’s Square. PM: Group lunch at a local, family-owned restaurant. This afternoon enjoy a tour of Rome, visiting Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Return to hotel for Group dinner.
Day 14 ~ Ancient Rome ~ San Gregorrio ~ Santa Maria Maggiore
AM: Early breakfast. Private Mass* at San Gregorio. After Mass, visit of Ancient Rome, with an inside tour of the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Circus Maximus. PM: Group lunch. Proceed to the most illustrious church dedicated to Our Lady, the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Guided tour of the interior of the Basilica. In the Confessio beneath the high altar, we can venerate the Relics of the Crib that held the Infant Jesus in Bethlehem. Return to hotel and prepare to go out and celebrate our Farewell Dinner together with wine and music.
Day 15 ~ Arrividerci Roma!
Return to San Francisco (or other departure city)
* All Masses are upon request
Package price includes:
- Roundtrip tourist-class airfare from San Francisco (other departure airports upon request)
- English-speaking tour guide from touch-down to take-off
- 4-star hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement, $995) — Camaldoli Guest House & Fonte Avellana accommodations comparable to 3-star
- Meals as indicated on itinerary
- Private deluxe motor coaches, movements as per itinerary
- Farewell Dinner at a surprise location
- All entrance fees and headsets
- Luggage porterage, one piece per person, at hotel
- Group donation for all private Masses
Package price does not include:
- Travel Insurance (7-10% of total trip cost, based on coverage and age. Details & quotes available upon request)
- All drinks, except during Farewell Dinner
- Luggage porterage at airports
- Embarkation taxes, possible fuel surcharges
- Gratuities (tour guide, driver, local guides, service staff). For convenience, $175 will be billed in advance.
- Any items of a personal nature or not specifically mentioned above