Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo, Assisi and Padua

  • 7 October 2024
  • 8 Nights
  • €1,299 Per Person
  • Dublin
  • Italy

Our 8 nights pilgrimage to Italy takes pilgrims to San Giovanni Rotondo, Assisi and Padua on a spiritual journey following in the footsteps of Saint Padre Pio, St Francis of Assisi and St Anthony of Padua.

We’ll start our pilgrimage visiting Pietrelcina, the birthplace of Saint Pio. Here we will visit St. Pio’s family home and the church of St. Anna where Padre Pio was baptised and received his First Holy Communion.

We will continue to San Giovanni Rotondo, in the region of Puglia, where we will learn about the life and work of Padre Pio, visiting the places where he lived, his resting place, and other important religious sites.

From San Giovanni we will travel to San Marco in Lamis in the region of Apulia, with its beautiful market, visiting also St. Matthew’s monastery and then continue to Monte Sant’ Angelo, a destination for pilgrims since the Archangel appeared in the 5th century and a place of devotion that has attracted many Saints and Popes over the centuries.

From here we will continue to Umbria to explore the magnificent history of Assisi, where we will learn about the work and message of Saint Francis and his disciple St Clare.

We will spend the last part of our pilgrimage in Padua, one of Italy’s prettiest cities and the place where Saint Anthony lived for most of his life. The 13th-century Basilica of St Anthony was built in his honour for pilgrims to visit the Saint’s tomb and place their prayers and petitions.

For more information about this pilgrimage to Italy, or to book your place, contact our travel experts.

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Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo, Assisi and Padua

Our 8 nights pilgrimage to Italy takes pilgrims to San Giovanni Rotondo, Assisi and Padua on a spiritual journey following in the footsteps of Saint Padre Pio, St Francis of Assisi and St Anthony of Padua.

We’ll start our pilgrimage visiting Pietrelcina, the birthplace of Saint Pio. Here we will visit St. Pio’s family home and the church of St. Anna where Padre Pio was baptised and received his First Holy Communion.

We will continue to San Giovanni Rotondo, in the region of Puglia, where we will learn about the life and work of Padre Pio, visiting the places where he lived, his resting place, and other important religious sites.

From San Giovanni we will travel to San Marco in Lamis in the region of Apulia, with its beautiful market, visiting also St. Matthew’s monastery and then continue to Monte Sant’ Angelo, a destination for pilgrims since the Archangel appeared in the 5th century and a place of devotion that has attracted many Saints and Popes over the centuries.

From here we will continue to Umbria to explore the magnificent history of Assisi, where we will learn about the work and message of Saint Francis and his disciple St Clare.

We will spend the last part of our pilgrimage in Padua, one of Italy’s prettiest cities and the place where Saint Anthony lived for most of his life. The 13th-century Basilica of St Anthony was built in his honour for pilgrims to visit the Saint’s tomb and place their prayers and petitions.

For more information about this pilgrimage to Italy, or to book your place, contact our travel experts.

Itinerary

  • Direct flights from Dublin to Naples & Venice to Dublin
  • 20kg bags included
  • All transfers & tours by private coach
  • 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo, Centro di Spiritualita – Full Board
  • 2 nights Assisi, Frate Sole – Half Board
  • 3 nights in Padua, Casa del Pellegrino – Half Board
  • Full religious programme led by Spiritual Director – Fr Gaffney
  • Fully guided with tours and visits as per itinerary

DAY 1: PIETRELCINA & CHURCH OF ST. ANNA 

Early departure from Dublin airport at approximately 06:15am. We will be landing at 10:40am with the full day ahead of us. Our Joe Walsh tours representative, Mario Russo, will meet us on arrival at the airport. Private coach transfer to Pietrelcina, the birthplace of St.Pio. We will visit Padre Pio’s family home and the church of St. Anna where Padre Pio was baptised and received his First Holy Communion. We then continue to San Giovanni Rotondo where we stay in the Centro di Spiritualita hotel for three nights with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included each day. Check in the hotel time to rest. 

DAY 2: ENGLISH OFFICE, CAPUCHIN FRIARY & BASILICA OF PADRE PIO

This morning we visit the English Office where we hear about the extraordinary life of Padre Pio and the Capuchin Friary, the cell where Saint Pio lived and died, the crucifix before which he received the stigmata. We also visit the new basilica and the tomb of Padre Pio. Time for mass and back in the Centro di Spiritualita’ for dinner and overnight.
    
DAY 3: ST MATTHEW MONASTERY & MONTE SANT' ANGELO

Today after breakfast we will visit St Matthew Monastery in the town of San Marco in Lamis with its market. After lunch we will travel and have mass in Monte Sant' Angelo and the cave where the Archangel Michael appeared in the 5th century. Many saints, popes, and emperors, including St Francis of Assisi, St Pio of Pietrelcina and St John Paul II have come to this pilgrimage site to pray to the Archangel Michael. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
    
DAY 4: HOLY HOUSE IN LANCIANO & DEPART TO ASSISI

This morning after breakfast and check out we depart for Assisi. En route we will stop in Lanciano where we will visit the Holy House, one of the most sacred places in the world. The first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church took place in Lanciano in the eight century A.D.as a response to the priest’s doubt, about the real presence of the Eucharist. We continue to Assisi and celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. The Basilica houses the Porziuncola, the abandoned chapel that St. Francis restored. This was the chapel of St. Francis first community and is the cradle of the Franciscan order.Time to check in the Hotel Frate Sole where we will be staying for the next two nights on a Half Board basis.

DAY 5: ASSISI

Today we will have a walking tour of the main sights of the Medieval Town of Assisi. We visit the impressive thirteenth century Basilica of St. Francis, the mother church of the Franciscan order. The construction of the Basilica started a mere two years after the death of St. Francis. This was uncommon at the time, but the enthusiasm of the people to create a permanent home for the body of the beloved Francis pushed them to complete the masterpiece of the lower church in just two years. We also visit the Basilica of St. Clare, foundress of the Order of the Poor Clare’s. St. Clare followed the teachings of St. Francis by living a life of poverty and humility and the Blessed Carlo Acutis. 

DAY 6: LA VERNA & PADUA

After breakfast and check out today we depart for Padua. On our way we will stop and visit ‘La Verna’, the place where S. Francis received the Stigmata, about 2h from Assisi. Every year, La Verna is visited by numerous visitors (Christians and not) because St. Francis is a Italy's Patron Saint. 

In Padua we will check in at “La Casa del Pellegrino” where we will be staying for the next 3 nights with breakfast and dinner every day. Padua is one of the prettiest cities in Europe and famous for its Franciscan monk: St. Anthony. St. Anthony was born in Lisbon in 1195. He became a hermit and lived in seclusion and contemplation until 1222, when he gave an improvised sermon and astounded the crowds. Due to the abundance of miracles after his death he was recognise immediately as a saint and was canonised less than a year after his death. We visit St. Anthony Basilica built in 1200 in his honour.

DAY 7: PRATO DELLA VALLE, BASILICA OF SANTA GIUSTINA & THE TOMB OF ST LEOPOLD MANDIC

Today after breakfast we visit Prato della Valle, the largest square in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. The elliptical square is surrounded by a small canal. We visit the Basilica of Santa Giustina. This beautiful Basilica with its side chapels and frescoes houses the tombs of several saints as well as the relics of St. Luke the Evangelist and St. Mathias also known as the twelfth Apostle. We also visit the tomb of St. Leopold Mandic, a man for us and for our time. The Capuchin Saint is fondly known as the Saint of Confession. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

DAY 8: OPTIONAL EXCURSION TO VENICE

Today there is an optional excursion to Venice (paid locally). Venice is a fascinating and unique city built on 117 islands and was the richest city in the world in the fifteen centuries. We will explore the splendours of Venice from Piazza San Marco to the Grand Canal, which is crossed by the famous bridge of ‘Sights’ and the Rialto Bridge. We will also see the famous Murano Glass and the Venetian Carnival masks. Free time and back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 9: FLIGHT BACK HOME

After breakfast and check out we will make our way to Venice airport for our afternoon flight back to Dublin.

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