Tours

La Via di Francesco

12 days
Italy

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What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Breakfast and Dinner Daily
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Overseas Transfers

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Italy - La Verna

Upon arrival at Rome Airport, we will be greeted by our English speaking tour manager who will be with the group during the entire stay in Italy. We will board the private deluxe bus and drive to the Franciscan Shrine of La Verna. According to the arrival time, we will have the possibility to visit the shrine. Dinner and overnight (D)

Day 2 Stage 1: From La Verna to Pieve Santo Stefano (15 Km/ 5 hours)

Difficulty: MediumSeveral resting areas on the way

Following breakfast, we will start the Camino. Upon arrival in Pieve Santo Stefano, time at leisure to visit the small village. Then drive to Sansepolcro (30 minutes drive) where we will spend the next three nights. Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 3 First part of Stage 2 : From Pieve Santo Stefano to Pian della Capanna (16 Km/ 6 hours)

Difficulty: very challenging - One resting area on the way (after 10 Km)

 After breakfast, we will drive back to Pieve Santo Stefano to start the camino along the first portion of the Stage 2, which is considered to be a hard led of the journey, this is why we have decide to split the Stage 2 of the Camino into two days walk. Upon arrival at the Pian Della Capanna resting area, we take our van back to the hotel in Sansepolcro, the name of which refers to two pilgrims who returned from the Holy Land and founded a monastic community here. Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 4 Second part of Stage 2: From Pian della Capanna to Sansepolcro (20 Km/ 6 hours )

Difficulty: very challenging - One resting area on the way ( after 8 Km)

 This morning we will drive back to Pian della Capanna resting area and continue walking along the second part of the Stage 2. Before arriving in Sansepolcro there is a place in which we can stop to meditate and rest is the Hermitage of Montecasale where the air is filled with the presence of St. Francis, who passed through here and converted three thieves.Return to our hotel in Sansepolcro for dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 5 Stage 3: From Sansepolcro to Citerna (13 Km/ 4 hours)

Difficulty: Easy Several resting areas on the way

A short leg of the journey, without any unevenness between Tuscany and Umbria. Today, before starting with the camino, we will be able to dedicate a few hours to the visit of Sansepolcro. The town is a real treasure chest of beauty. Here we will find famous works by Piero della Francesca. Upon arrival in Citerna, transfer by bus to Città di Castello, where we will spend the next two nights. Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 6 Stage 4: From Citerna to Città di Castello (20 Km/ 7 hours)

Difficulty: MediumSeveral resting areas on the way

After breakfast, we will enjoy a pleasant walk through fields and little villages. Upon arrival in Città di Castello we might visit the Heritage of Buon Riposo. The place seems to have gotten its name Buon Riposo (or Place of Rest) from words Francis himself said, as he often stopped here on his way to or from the La Verna sanctuary. The hermitage has seen the passage of many important religious figures over the centuries, including St. Anthony of Padua, St. Bonaventure, St. Bernard of Siena and the Blessed Francis of Pavia. Visits are possible when the accommodating owners are present / Another option is the Monastery of Santa Veronica Giuliani, one of the greatest mystic of the history. She had several apparitions and received the stigmata. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 7 Stage 5: From Città di Castello to Pietralunga (30 Km/ 10 hours)

 Difficulty: challenging - Several resting areas on the way

This morning we will depart in the very early morning. After approximately 6 km drive, we will reach the locality of Il Sasso, a resting area and above all the last place for stocking up on food and water. From here, the gradual uphill climb begins and then the descent until a “place of the heart” along the Way: Pieve de’ Saddi, centre of the first Christianization. During the persecution under Diocletian, Crescentino, a Roman solidier, was decapitated and buried here. Save the energy for the last descent, followed by an uphill climb to Pietralunga. We will regain our bus and drive to Gubbio (30 minutes drive) where we will spend the next two nights. Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 8 Stage 6: From Pietralunga to Gubbio (26 Km/ 8 hours)

Difficulty: MediumSeveral resting areas on the way

Today we will enjoy a walk on secondary roads and mule tracks. The uphill and downhill stretches are not challenging. The first stretch will be in the silence of the mountain valleys, while the second part will be all on flat ground. The trail is dotted with hermitages, abbeys and little villages. The Way ends in front of the church of St Francis, where there is an endearing statue of Francis and the wolf, in memory of the miraculous taming of the ferocious beast by the Saint. Dinner at the hotel and overnight (B, D)

Day 9 Stage 7: Fom Gubbio to Valfabrica (36 Km/ 12 hours)

Difficulty: very challenging - Several resting areas on the way

 We will depart Gubbio in the early morning , after a good breakfast Along this road, St Francis proclaimed himself "herald of the Great King" when faced with the bandits who manhandled him. He reached a monastery (Abbey of Vallingegno), where he was received reluctantly and sent to work as a scullery boy in the kitchen. As a pilgrim, Saint Francis faced numerous challenges and difficulties, but these are what makes the journey unique for anyone deciding to follow in his footsteps. The first stretch leaving Gubbio is on tarmac road. We will have to be careful. We will continue walking between the valley of the Chiascio river and the castles standing on the hilltops. In the distance, on clear days, it’s possible to get a glimpse of Monte Subasio. We will stop at the little church Delle Ripe or Madonna delle Grazie, one of the most endearing places along the Way, where memories of the passage of pilgrims are preserved. Then we will climb through the conifer woods till the hermitage of San Pietro in Vigneto. From here on, it is almost all downhill, we will reach Valfabbrica. Dinner and overnight at our hotel (B, D)

Day 10 Stage 8: Fom Valfabbrica to Assisi (14 Km/ 5 hours)

Difficulty: Easy Several resting areas on the way

This is one of the most beautiful moments of the journey, which foretells the joy of our arrival. Once we reach Assisi on foot, in the locality of Ponte de Galli, there is the lower point of access to the Bosco di San Francesco (Forest of St Francis) which we will cross as an alternative to the uphill tarmac road.will enter Assisi from Porta San Giacomo, through which the pilgrims left the town on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The majestic façade of the Basilica of St Francis, when lit up by the sun, is the first reward of the journey. The great moment has come. Next to the entrance to the Lower Basilica, there is the Statio Peregrinorum, where we will be able to collect our well-deserved Testimonium (for those who have travelled 100 km on foot or 200 km by bike) or the Chartula Peregrini. We will remember our journey forever. After some rest, we will enjoy a leisure afternoon. Dinner and overnight at our hotel (B, D)

Day 11 Assisi - Rome

This morning we will enjoy more time in Assisi to visit the other important sites related to San Francis’s lifeAs San Damien heritage and Carceri HeritageIn the afternoon we will drive to Rome to enjoy a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome. We will set into our hotel for dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 12 Departure

After an early breakfast, we will leave by motor coach and transfer to Rome airport for return flights home (B)

Enhance Your Journey

Optional Post-tour in Rome $0

Papal Audience - Baroque Squares

In the early morning, we will transfer to Sat Peter’s square to attend the weekly Papal Audience and blessing. After lunch in local restaurant, we will enjoy a walking tour from Castel Sant’Angelo to Navona square, where we will have time at leisure for a “gelato”. Then we will continue the guided tour to the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. Balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight (B, L, D)

Church of St Francis a Ripa & Hidden churches of Rome Jewish Ghetto

This morning, after a good breakfast, we will reach the medieval quarter of Trastevere, from the Latin trans Tiberim, meaning literally "beyond the Tiber". We will start the day at Santa Maria in Trastevere, probably the first official place of Christian worship in Rome. According to the legend, it was built by Pope Callistus I in the 3rd century and was finished by Saint Julius I in 340. Then we will visit the Church of St Francis a Ripa, the first Franciscan Church in Rome built over the cell where St Francis used to stay when he was in Rome. His cell is well preserved and has been enriched with a ingenious mechanism (built by a Franciscan friar in 1708. This mechanism opens the side doors of the altarpiece and shows many little silver coffins containing relics of the most important Franciscan saints. Then we will continue to the church of Santa Maria dell’Orto, built to preserve a miraculous painting of the Virgin Mary in the year 1488 by the “confraternite” (confraternities) of the area. Confraternities had their beginnings in the early Middle Ages. The main object and duty of these societies were, above all, the practice of piety and works of charity. Rome was of course rich in confraternities and some of them are still very active today, especially here at Santa Maria dell’Orto, with many events during the year. We will vist also Monastero di Santa Cecilia, where, since many centuries, the benedectine sisters have been woven and made the “PALLI” delivered by the Pope to the Metropolitan Archbishops every year on 29 June, the solemnity of the SS. Peter and Paul. this monastery we will see the well preserved fresco of the Last Judgement, by Pietro Cavallini. We will enjoy a deserved restaurant lunch in one of the typical “trattorias” before crossing the river to reach the Tiberina Island and visit the Church of San Bartolomeo, where the relics of Saint Bartholomew Apostle are preserved. This church is also a shrine dedicated to the New Martyrs. In 1999 Pope John Paul II established a commission “New Martyrs” which was to investigate the Christian martyrs of the 20th century and it was dedicated by him in 2000. Here we will celebrate our Mass. Balance of the afternoon is at leisure. We might choose to remain in the area and visit the Jewish Ghetto. The Jewish community of Rome is probably the oldest in the west world, it dates back to the year 160 BC. Tonight dinner is on our own. Let’s try the Jewish-roman recipes at one of the open-air restaurants. Overnight at the hotel (B, L)

Departure

After an early breakfast, we will leave by motor coach and transfer to Rome airport for return flights home (B)

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