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Shrines of Italy

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From the hallowed Basilica of St. Francis to the glorious Sistine Chapel, discover why Italy is a bastion of Catholicism. Spend time at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the beloved saint’s hometown. Stay two nights in San Giovanni Rotondo. Reflect at the Grotto of Michael the Archangel. Discover the cathedral of Salerno and the abbey of Montecassino. Explore the burial sites of the Catacombs where the early Christians hid and venerated their dead. Attend the weekly Papal audience and receive the blessing given by the Pope. Discover Michelangelo’s Last Judgment mural and explore St. Peter’s Basilica. See the world’s most inspirational sites and relics on a journey through the rolling hills and lively cities of Italy.

Your Tour Includes
  • 5 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 15 Meals
Included Highlights
  • Rome
  • Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Holy House of Nazareth in Loreto
  • San Giovanni Rotondo

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Your Tour at a Glance

Stay

11 Days

10 Nights


Meals

15 Meals

9 Breakfasts

6 Dinners


Activity

3 - Active

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Cardinal Hotel St. Peter

Nights 1-9

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Hotel Cenacolo

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Hotel Parco delle Rose

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Hotel Scapolatiello

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Cardinal Hotel St. Peter

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Trip Reviews

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Rating

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Overall Trip Rating
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Great experience! Everything went smoothly and as planned. The meals were great. The tour guides were knowledgeable.
    Daniel Sosa
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    5 stars
    The spiritual faith our tour guide shared with us as a church pilgrimage.
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    5 stars
    It was a great "whirlwind" tour. We saw the east and west coasts of Italy, and visited some beautiful places along the way.
    Daniel Sosa
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    5 stars
    Timeline was a perfect match.
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    5 stars
    It was a memorable experience to be in holy place like where Padre Pio was.
    Yolanda Cabarloc
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The memories I carry from this trip are priceless
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Florence day trip; Monte Sant' Angelo - Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel; Sanctuary of Eucharistic Miracle - Lanciano, Italy; Abbey of Montecassino, all the Rome sights.
    Raymond Dufresne
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    As noted earlier, seeing the first of the Eucharistic Miracles, the one at Lanciano in the eighth century moved me tremendously. I also was fascinated by the abbey built into the side of the mountain, wondering just how an 11th-century society could accomplish what would be considered challenging today, even with our tools, machines and computers to help map out structural soundness.
    Mark Schwartz
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    4 stars
    Renewal of wedding/marriage vows at the Holy House of Loreto, shopping in Florence
    Simplicio Coronel
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    3star
    Liked the tours and tour guides.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Excellent trip in planning and follow-through
    Mary Goodman
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    3star
    I did enjoy the ciesteen chapel
    Gary Otterstrom
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    They deserve it.
    William Mccluskey
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    1star
    STRESS from moment we signed up for trip and thru the trip
    Gay Scherer
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Hotels, meals and tour manager. I explained my rating in the comments in the previous section.
    Timothy Osullivan
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    See initial write up. Lack of communication
    George Anderson
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Great travel tour company. I would highly recommend them
    Mairi Hayamoto
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    4 stars
    Great tour. Would have liked more time in some of the churches.
    Anita Denker
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Loved seeing all the beautiful cathedrals, basilicas, etc. as well as the sights in Florence Also enjoyed some of the side tours
    Karen Weber
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Seeing the Pope in Vatican City was a big highlight for me.
    Kevin Devlin
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    We saw many beautiful and memorable sites on this pilgrimage and were blessed to have such a wonderful group to enjoy them. Collette should have shown us more of Rome aside from the many churches.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    We certainly kept on schedule allowing us to see so much. Our tour manager was truly remarkable. Our driver, the best!
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Well organized, food was very good, small group enhanced pilgrimage.
    Catherine Collins
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The shrines and the Vatican.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    MY favorite place was Cava de Terreni. Hope there is another day.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Being able to attend several masses said by our priest, Father George. And visiting the Vatican. and seeing the Pope..
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The Sistine Chapel, Our stop in Salerno and the Tomb of St Matthew. Our tour manager Catano was the BEST!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Having Fr. George say mass at many sites including 2 monasteries and a cathedral. Getting to see the Pope and having him pass by us so closely was a sure highlight. The Sistine Chapel was simply amazing.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Perfect from start to finish.
    Steven Sarossy
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Visiting the Holy Stairs. Very spiritual experience
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Everything was on time and as schedule.
    Jose Cuevas
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Stunning and well done!!!
    Bridgette Schwartz
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    It was a wonderful experience, the tour manager and driver were amazing.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    They were all too beautiful & I can not choose!
    Charlotte Di Liberto
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    First the beginning flights wait time were unreasonably long. Because we (I)had no input on the airline of choice, the wait time for the Rome flight at the Philadelphia airport was 7.5 hours through American Airlines. Unreasonable! The special tour guide for the Rome events was horrible. He was to full of himself and absolutely ruined the tour through the Vatican Museum for me.
    Ernest Bruno
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    5 stars
    Papal audience and climbing the Holy stairs on my knees
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Excelente!!! Grazie. I am 85 so I do not think I will be making another trip in the future. I really regret that. Thanks!!!
    Teresa Alcaraz Villalvazo
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I did not expect to see all the Cathedrals and tours around the southern part of Italy. very memorable to me that I can never forget all the places we went to visit. I love all the places and the information that was given to us by the tour managers in different places. All of them were very knowlegable of the history of the places we visited. I commend and appreciate all the information and the beauties of all the places we visited .No one can outdo and remove the information for all the information I gathered, it will remain in my memory till I die . I love it.
    Lourdes Hoagland
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Places that we visited are nice, great and interesting
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    The Tour Manager’s Lack of professionalism and poor knowledge of the Company’s philosophy.
    Eduardo Medina
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    the visit to saint Padre Pio
    Luisa Domenech
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Most memorable experience was Florence, one day was not enough. Bus driver Antonio was amazing, maneuvering coach on narrow winding roads and hectic Rome traffic.Rome by night option was misleading, expected to tour the city sights instead it was an average meal.
    Joseph Gilmartin
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    5 stars
    St.Peters square seeing the Pope.
    James Looks
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    the tour was excellent for all sights
    Ronald Di Ramio
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    The tour was great! We were unfortunately combined with another group, most of whom did not respect time issues and were frequently late delaying the entire trip. This is my 5th trip and the value for the money seems to be decreasing, less included meals and tours - they try to "market" this as giving the traveler more free time, but when you are in a foreign county and don't speak the language free time is not necessarily the best. Don't even think about trying to upgrade your airfare, Collette charges an excessive amount, you're better to do land only if you don't want to fly economy.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Excellent values with high quality treatment from Collette staff
    Josanne Elder Harris
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I loved visiting the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Was a trip of a lifetime!
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    4 stars
    Our tour manager and driver were fantastic.
    Robert Creagan
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Rushed through on one day. Plenty of options during alone time. A lot of ideas and options given by tour guide. Tour Guide over and beyond. So full of knowledge, patient and always smiling. She went way out of her way to make sure everybody was where they were suppose to be when they were supposed to be.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    All of them were fantastic.
    Elizabeth Gromes
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    The most I’ve paid for a European tour of 10 days, eight actually due to flight in and out. Hotels were 3 1/2 - 4 stars I would say. We had a last minute ( 5 ) day change in Assisi for our hotel stay. Assisi and Padre pio made an impression.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Heather V. made the trip great. We loved it.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The local flair of Italy. Each day had something special.
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Not enough rooms for single guests, too many activities crammed into each day, and not enough time to do activities on own.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    The tour was great, but exhausting. One day off in the middle of the tour would have helped. Needed a little rest.
    Ruth Gaipa
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I had no complaints! It was all my favorite...if I had one complaint it might be that I would have liked to spend more time in certain areas.
    Renee Firth
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Excellent tour guide and the transport
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Seeing the Vatican and especially St. Peter's
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Florence was beautiful, but I was disappointed with our visit to Pompeii. The buffet food in the Assisi hotel was terrible. Overall, the food on the tour was uninspiring.
    Frank Kiraly
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    seeing the pope. rome at night the music,food and gelato
    Dorothy Wise
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The beautiful mountain shrine’s were exceptionally beautiful and inspiring
    David Seth
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Favorite experience was the papal audience. Also the museums and the colosseum . However, the trip was presented as moderate walking, whereas in actuality it was strenuous walking
    Barbara Cullen
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Did see beautiful churches
    Susan Lewis
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Pompei, but I have to say i was surprise that the admission for Pompei was not include in the tour package pricing.This is a sugestion Florence should have at least 2 night stay so much to see so little time...
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    VATICAN CITY AND MUSEUM GREAT
    Rosemary Thommen
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    Being at the Vatican and seeing Pope Francis
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Our tour guide was kind and knowledgeable. Got us great seats to see Pope Francis
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    very informative and helpful
    Roseann Mcgrath
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Rome tours,tours to all the shrines, etc.
    Janet Robbins
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    The food and our guide Ms. Carozzi
    Bonita Rupprecht
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I was happy with the tour. I will travel with Collette again.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    I explained in earlier comment
    Janice Bisel
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Awesome experience! The Catholic themed locations were exactly what we were looking for. The tour manager and bus driver were outstanding!
    Douglas Bayley
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Loved the pace of the tour and enjoyed the tour manager's experience and help.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    I would say the monastery at Montocassino was the most impressive to me although every part of this tour was impressive. All these shrines had their own special aspect.
    Marie Bayley
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    ****** our tour manager was very knowledgeable and shared her experiences with all on the tour. Sites visited were exceptional.
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    The Papal Audience and St Pio were the major reasons I wanted to take the tour. I also liked visiting the other tour cities and the Churches were wonderful; however, some of the tour days were too fast paced, especially the last day. We visited 4 Churches and the Colosseum side trip in one day - it was too rushed, not to mention lunch was rushed. Some of the meals left a lot to be desired. The first meal at Satiricus Restaurant was great. In general, the hotel meals were good. The farewell dinner was so so - nothing spectacular. I liked Hotel Columbus because of it's location near the Vatican. Hotel Scapolatiello was the best; however, we had to lug our carry on baggage up steep steps. Our tour manager, did find a way to take the road down to the bus rather than taking the steps the next morning. I was under the impression that all baggage transfers were included on this tour. I think the museum (Florence) and the Vatican and Church tour guides were knowledgeable; however, after the first 10 minutes of construction dates and more dates - I tuned out. In other words, more practical items of interest would have been nice and more time to explore the Vatican and Churches on our own would have been great. Finally, we were at the Church across the street from the steps Christ went up to talk to Pontius Pilot; however, the steps were not on the tour route - a disappointment. All in all, I am glad I took the tour. I also got to make new friends from Atlanta also.
    Noreen Moderalli
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  • Trip Rating:
    4 stars
    The very memorable experience on that pilgrimage was when visited the places that was not in our itinerary , it was a bonus and we all loved it, thanks to our tour manager.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Definitely the audience with the Pope and the Vatican. That day was THE BEST
    Christine
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Very Busy but greatly enjoyed the pilgrimage. I appreciated the added stop to Lanciano to see the Eucharistic Miracle. That same day we visited the Holy House of Nazareth in Loreto. That was definately my most memorable day...seeing Pope Francis up close and personal is at the top of my list also. I was disappointed that we were not allowed in the Colosseum due to a large group of students that entered....we did get a discount for the day but still disappointing.
    Sandra
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  • Trip Rating:
    5 stars
    Our tour manager Tony was a great guide.

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