5) CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ITALY

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DAY 1

ROME

Arrival at Rome airport and reception by our English-speaking assistant. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 2

ROME

Buffet breakfast in hotel. Today enjoy a full-day sightseeing (with local guide) of the “Eternal City”: in the morning we’ll visit St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, where there are the tombs of the Saint and of the Popes. We will have the possibility to visit the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon we’ll complete our visit (with local guide) seeing the main Basilicas in Rome: the Basilica of St. Mary Major and the Basilica of St. John Lateran with the Holy Stairs Church. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3

ROME

Buffet breakfast in hotel. Possibility to participate in the Papal Audience if it is Wednesday or to attend the Papal Blessing if it is Sunday. In the afternoon, we’ll visit (with local guide) the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 4

ROME / MONTECASSINO / SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO (145KM+240KM)

Buffet breakfast in hotel. Depart to San Giovanni Rotondo with a stop in Montecassino where we’ll have time to visit the Abbey founded by St. Benedict in 529. Arrival in San Giovanni Rotondo. Accommodation. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 5

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO / MONTE SANT’ANGELO / SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO (25KM+25KM)

Buffet breakfast in hotel. This morning we’ll visit the places related with Saint Pio. Later, we visit the Grotto of Michael the Archangel in Monte Sant’Angelo. Many different Popes have knelt in prayer here seeking the protection of St. Michael. Back to San Giovanni Rotondo for dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 6

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO / LANCIANO / LORETO (155KM+180KM)

Buffet breakfast in hotel. This morning we’ll visit the Sanctuary of the Holy House. Then departure to Assisi with a stop in Cascia where we’ll visit the Basilica of St.Rita where the rests of the Saint are kept. Arrival in Assisi and accommodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 7

LORETO / ASSISI (145KM+85KM)

Buffet breakfast in hotel. Departure to Lanciano where we’ll visit the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle. On to Loreto for accommodation in hotel. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 8

ASSISI

Buffet breakfast in hotel. Half-day panoramic city tour (with local guide) of this beautiful medieval city, including the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (where “Portiuncola” is located), and the Basilicas of St. Clare and St. Francis (with the Tomb of the Saint). Rest of day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
DAY 9

ASSISI / ROME (175KM) / DEPARTURE

Buffet breakfast in hotel. According to your flight departure time, transfer to the airport.

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