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"La Madonnina"
The term of endearment that the locals call Our Blessed Mother. Visit the shrines in Southern Italy, and be a witness to the miracles to prayers answered. The people show their gratitude through their sacred devotions which repeats itself year after year, century after century. Continue on to the ancient city of Pompeii which was destroyed in AD 79 when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in one of history's greatest volcanic disasters. The Basilica of the Madonna of the Rosary waits for you as you complete your spiritual journey of Southern Italy.
Rome, Sorrento and Pompeii
10 Days - Regions of Latium and Campania, Italy
Day 1: Depart the U.S. on an international flight bound for Rome. Meals will be served on the overnight flight.
Day 2: Upon arrival in Italy, we are welcomed in the "Eternal City" by our Tour Director who will transfer us to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 3: This morning, participate in the Papal Audience (if this falls on a Wednesday) or Papal Blessing (if this falls on a Sunday), followed by a visit to the Basilica of St. Peter, the largest church in the Christian world, built over the tomb of St. Peter. Inside this wonderful great piece of architecture are works of Bernini and Michelangelo, like the Pieta, his earliest marble sculpture masterpiece of the Madonna and Christ. We continue to the Vatican Museum, with its priceless collection of art and treasures, and the Sistine Chapel where you will be amazed by the unique ceiling which is one of Michelangelo’s greatest achievements. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 4: Enjoy a panoramic tour of the classic Roman Empire: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus and more, on the way to one of the catacombs where the early Christians were buried. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the three major basilicas: St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran and St. Paul Outside the Walls, time permitting. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 5: After breakfast, we travel to Genazzano, where we will celebrate Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Good Counsel with its miraculous fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel, originally from Albania and later brought to Italy. One of the great graces one finds at the feet of Our Lady of Genazzano and from the example of the noble visionary, Petruccia de Nocera, is that of confidence. If we have the courage to pray and act with confidence for great or impossible things, it will be given us. God never refuses confident prayers, and bestows His gifts in proportion to our confidence. In the afternoon, take pleasure in the breathtaking view of the Bay of Naples as we travel enroute to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight in Sorrento.
Day 6: This morning, we drive to Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., where we will visit the world-famous excavations. We will celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Pompeii, which houses the portrait of Our Lady of the Rosary in a golden frame. The Holy Mother sits on a throne with the Christ Child on her knee. The portrait depicts the baby Jesus delivering the Rosary to St. Dominic, while Mary is seen handing the Rosary to St. Catherine of Siena. The portrait, acquired from Mother Concetta, was too big and the only way it could be brought into the city was when Bartolo Longo, who vowed to exhibit a picture to teach everyone the meaning of the Rosary, arranged for the portrait to be transported by a waggoner who was carrying a cartload of manure on November 13, 1875. Dinner and overnight in Sorrento.
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Day 9:
Enjoy a day excursion to the small town of Mugnano, made famous by the devotion to St. Philomena, patroness of the children of Mary. St. Philomena has been successfully invoked by her supplicants in every sort of need, such that she has become another patron of "hopeless" and "impossible" cases. Dinner and overnight in Sorrento.

Free day to do as you please or explore the beautiful shops that sell "Capodimonte" figurines which Naples is known for. Lots of optional excursions to other shrines within the area will be offered, and you may also want to visit the church of Santa Patrizia. Dinner and overnight in Sorrento.

Today we head back to Rome where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 10: "Arriverderci Italia!" We bid farewell to Italy as we depart for the airport to catch our flight back to the U.S. for a same day arrival.
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