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Rome Shrines of Italy

Different Strokes: Touring Castles or Exploring Faith on a European Tour

…Other tour operators also offer faith-heritage focused tours, among them Collette, which has offered those to faith-focused sites within Spain as well as Ireland and Italy.

For example, its 10-night “Shrines of Italy” tour will likely appeal to devout Catholics. Tour guests will visit the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi, St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City and the Cathedral of Salerno, which guards the relics of Saint Matthew, the Apostle.

Travellers on this tour will also visit the burial sites of the Catacombs, where the early Christians hid and venerated their dead. They’ll also view Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and the famous “Last Judgment Mural.” Most notably, they’ll have the opportunity to attend the weekly Papal audience and receive the Pope’s blessing. Another deeply religious vacation experience is a visit to Scala Sancta, the "Holy Stairs," thought to be the steps that Jesus Christ climbed when he appeared before Pontius Pilate.

“Shrines of Italy” is available in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Some departures are guaranteed including September 28, 2021 and October 19, 2021, both of which start at $2,499 per person, double occupancy.

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