four Days in ROME
Fly over to Rome Airport. Upon arrival in Rome, you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to the hotel. Next, make your way to a welcome dinner. This evening you may walk to St. Peter’s Square for Rosary (optional).
Day 1: Rome
Following Breakfast, we will visit the Trevi Fountain, where you may enjoy some free time on your own for lunch. This afternoon, you will visit the oldest of the four major Basilicas in Rome and the home to the relics of Peter and Paul, the Basilica of St. John the Lateran. This Basilica is where Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome. Next, you will cross the street to visit the Holy Stairs. These Holy Stairs are the very steps leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem on which Jesus stepped on his way to trial during his Passion. The Stairs were brought to Rome by Saint Helena in the fourth century. Ascending these stairs on your knees, in memory of Christ's agonizing Passion. We conclude your day, with a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Church dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, St. Mary Major reigns as the only Basilica that has kept its original structure and is an authentic jewel in the crown of Roman Churches. This Basilica contains a relic from the Manger of the Infant Jesus. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Trevi Fountain | Pantheon | Basilica of St. John the Lateran | Holy Stairs | Basilica of St. Mary Major
Tomb of Pope Benedict XVI. Tour St. Peter's Basilica built on the site where St. Peter, was martyred. Pray at the tomb of St. John Paul II. View Michelangelo's Pieta, a sculpture depicting the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion. Visit Vatican Museum, to view the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo's Masterpiece. After lunch, we continue down the Appian Way, the earliest road from Ancient Rome. This road leads to the Domino Quo Vadis Chapel, the Baths of Caracalla, the Arch of Drusus, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and the Catacomb of St. Callixtus. The day concludes with a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, this Basilica is the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: St. Peter's Basilica | Vatican Museum | Appian Way | Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls | Catacombs
Early morning departure to the Airport for our return home - the end of a most enjoyable journey.
Day 4: Return Home