Tours

I Must See Roma

8 days
Italy

Join us on a 8 day Pilgrimage where you will visit chathedrals and sites in Rome, Pompeii, Frascati, Basilica of St. Peter, and much more!

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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 Arrival / Petuoli

Upon arrival at Rome International Airport, we will meet our professional tour escort and travel south on the “Sun Highway” , to reach Pozzuoli in approx. 3 hrs time. We are exactly in the same location where Paul landed. ... and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli.(Acts 28,13) Some time at leisure to relax at hotel, before moving to the centre of the village to visit the area of the seaport and the Roman Amphitheater in order to get a sense of what Paul experienced once he arrived on the mainland of the “Roman Empire”. Take a break to taste a real Napolitano coffee and a “sfogliatella” before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight (D)

Day 2 Pompeii

Depart the hotel after breakfast and reach Pompei in less than a one hour drive. We will meet our local guide to have an archeological journey through the ancient city. Buried under a layer of ashes and lapilli by a sudden eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, after 1700 years the excavations have brought to light Pompeii, a town whose daily life of the Imperial Age has been petrified , as under a spell, in its gestures, secrets, in the panic felt by its inhabitants during the last moments.Visiting the “frozen city” would create a feeling similar to that experienced by Paul when he walked through similar streets from his time period. We will visit houses, shops, temples, squares, streets and also the “Lupanare” (house of prostitutes ) and the “Suburbane Therm”(with erotic frescos, among which the only saffico-picture of the Roman world) So we will understand the anger of Paul shouting aloud against corruption and perdition of the Romans. ... For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature.(Romans 1,26) Return to Pozzuoli to enjoy a real pizza dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 3 Walking day: Minturno / Itri / Forum Appi (2 miles)

... and so we went toward Rome.(Acts 28,14) Depart the hotel after a good breakfast. We will stop to visit the ruins of this well-preserved Roman village located along the Appian Way, which is the same that St. Paul would have seen during his trip to Rome. When Paul visited it, the city was probably different, but there were already colonnades along the Via Appia, a large square, temples and a theatre. Paul left the city through the northern gates, to continue his journey towards Rome. We will walk approx 3 miles along one of the best preserved parts of the Appian Way. This part of the paved Roman way is easily walkable and it is really amazingwith its fantastic landscape, a well preserved bidge of the XVI century that goes beyond the small river and several other rests of ancient monuments. Overnight in Foro Appio, at “Mansio Hotel” which is located in the same place where an ancient Roman “posta” . The Appian Way had rest stations all along its path, in which travelers could stay and get a shelter for the night, have a warm meal and let the horses recover. Forum Appii (Foro Appio) is the only historical certified destinations in Latium of Paul’s journey to Rome. We will enjoy a special dinner, based on ancient roman recipes. (B, D)

Day 4 Pontine Marshes / Tres Tabernae / Frascati

 Recent archaeological excavations have allowed to identify the location of Tres Tabernae, an ancient staging post which soon became an inhabited settlement and has been a bishopric since 313 AD. This might be the place where the Sacred Writings remind us of the meeting of Paul with the Christian Communities. “... And so we came to Rome. 15… The brothers there had heard that we were coming and they traveled as far as the Forum of Appius and the Three Taverns to meet us.” (Acts 28,14) This afternoon we will reach the area called “Roman Castels” where magnificent Renaissance villas, almost all well preserved, were built between the 16th and 17th centuries, in the area of ancient Tusculum.They were built in the same places where the ancient roman villas once stood and often above them, copiyng the shapes of both buildings and gardens. We will overnight at one of these renaissance villas, turned into hotel. Dinner with great view over Rome. Overnight (B, D)

Day 5 Walking day: Approaching Rome (8 miles)

 After a good breakfast, we depart Frascati and drive a short distance. Drop off and continue by walk along the last segment of Paul’s journey, we are now close to Rome, from here on it is possible to continue without interruptions and in a very easy way, by knowing that we are exactly in the Apostle’s footprints. The original basalt paving stones are sometimes still visible, while at the sides we can see the ruins of funeral monuments. Their importance is linked to the “owner’s” social status: tower tombs, aedicule, temple tombs, simple dovecote tombs, tumulus or mausoleums. It was forbidden to place cemeteries inside the towns. The tombs were all place along the roads leading to Rome. Break for lunch. (included). We will stop along the way, to visit the Catacombs, the Chistian cemetery, developed from the mid-third century AD. Finally we regain our bus. On the way to the hotel, we will pass by the Basilica of Santa Prisca, built above the house which dates back to the first century AD. Aquila and Priscilla were a Jewish couple, converted into Christianity, were tentmakers and had met and hosted Paul in Corinth and then in Ephesus. Paul mentions them in his letter to the Romans, and greeted together with the community “sho shall meet in their house” ...Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who for my life, laid down their own necks; to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the assemblies of the Gentiles. Greet the assembly that is in their house" (Romans 16, 1-23) Check in at the hotel, after a deserved dinner, we can enjoy a restful overnight (B, L, D) Welcome in the Eternal City, where faith, history and art to flood the heart, mind and eye, bringing the stories from the New Testament to life, many of these stories rendered by the most talented artists ever to live.

Day 6 AM Paul in the World that was Rome (2 miles ) / PM Tre Fountane Abbey and Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

How God used a man with a Hebrew heart, a Greek tongue and Roman mind. This tour will show the great “power” of Rome and Emperors who demanded divinity for themselves. This was mainly what Apostle Paul preached against. “... And worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever.” (Romans 1, 25) We will walk from the Trajan's Column along the Via dei Fori Imperiali (street of the Imperial Fora), we see the Forum of Trajan, the biggest and most splendid of all, whose markets, true forerunners of the modern commercial centers. We will reach the Capitoline Hill, once political and religious center of the town, which today is the seat of the Municipality. Walking through the valley we reach the Mamertine Prison, an ancient tradition says that Peter and Paul were held prisoner her and that miraculously caused water to spring from the ground, they were able to convert and baptize a number of fellow prisoners and also their jailers, who became martyrs in their turn. Then we step into the Roman Forum: the great Rome with its important buildings will revive before our eyes; the Curia, seat of the Roman Senate, the State Archive, the basilicas, palaces of justice, the temple of Vesta, and the House of the Vestals, the virgins in charge of keeping the sacred fire always alive, and all around temples and columns and arches of triumph erected to commemorate gods of Roman history. “and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man” (Romans 1, 23) Leaving the Roman Forum we continue to the Arch of Constantine, erected to commemorate the victory of the emperor over Maxentius in the 4th century AD (tradition says that before the battle the Emperor saw a brilliant cross in the sky and said the famous words “in hoc signo vinces”). The tour ends at the Colosseum, everlasting symbol of the greatness of Rome and the stage for the historical fights of the gladiators. After break for lunch, we regain our bus and drive to visit the Tre Fontane Abbey, where Paul was beheaded by order of Emperor Nero. We will see the cell where Paul was held the night before his execution, and we will be able to walk down the road that the Apostle would have taken from the cell to the site of his beheading. Continue to the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls where the body of the apostle was buried after he was beheaded. This is the man responsible for carrying the Catholic faith to the Gentiles, who wrote much of the New Testament, the man famous for having poured out his life for Christ. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 7 AM: From Empire to World Faith PM: At leisure

 The Gospel did not stop with Paul, but was transmitted through the centuries to the ordinary people by means of the arts. One cannot spend time in Rome and miss a visit to the incredible Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. So today we will shift our focus away from Paul's life and break some new ground in our understanding of Bible art. In centuries of history we have understood the importance of the human value of art and its contribution, in harmony with the Divine Word, as an instrument of evangelization. Every artist could, through words and images, create the imago between iconology and iconography, with competence of intent and technique of execution. Today we can admire all this in a unique place. The itinerary of the Vatican Museums contains a show of art, history and faith in comparison with all the "Divine feeling" of the world. If The Sistine Chapel explains how much Michelangelo wanted to leave a message of faith to humanity, until today and forever, the Raphael’s Rooms, are an obligatory path in our history, because we do not lose the thread between Fides et Ratio, between our faith and the reason. Two simple walls, two themes in comparison.We cannot reason if we do not possess the knowledge "causarum cognitio" taken from Cicero Divinarer Notitia (Knowledge of the Divine Things )This afternoon we will enjoy time at leisure in the beautiful baroque area of Rome: see the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. Overnight in Rome (B, D)

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the Rome Airport to take our flight to USA (B)

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