Day 4 Oct 1st, Saturday – 9:00 Leave to visit La Verna, known
as sacred ground where St. Francis received the stigmata and where we will see
the beautiful Della Robbia works of art in the Basilica.
We will have lunch and then return to Gubbio.
Free Time: Break for free time late
Dinner in Town at Trattoria
di San Martino (short walk from hotel).
5 Oct 2nd Sunday Travel toward Assisi, stopping to visit in a town
right at the base of Assisi and see the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (Saint Mary of the Angels), which encloses the 9th century little church, the Porziuncola, the most sacred place for the Franciscans.
It was here that the young Francis of Assisi understood his vocation and renounced the
world in order to live in poverty among the poor and thus started the Franciscan movement, and here he
passed from this life. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_Santa_Maria_degli_Angeli). Roland
We will then travel a few minutes to San Damiano, built in the
12th century, it was the first monastery of the Order of St. Clare, and is
where she built her community. This is
also where St. Francis had his significant encounter with God, when the cross
spoke to him to “rebuild the Church”. We will then go to the heart of Assisi and check into
the Hotel Dei Priori, Corso Mazzini, 15 06081
ASSISI, Tel 011 39 075 812237 www.hoteldeipriori.it , a few steps from the Piazza
Comune. Free Time Break until dinner, guests can
explore the area around the hotel in Piazza del Comune and the many side
streets that wind throughout Assisi.
Dinner in Assisi Osteria Piazzetta dell'Erba
Day 6 Oct 3rd Monday - In
the morning, we will visit the Hermitage just outside Assisi. Roland Prayer
Lunch at Vino in Piazza del Comune, owned by an artist turned chef
that I first bought ceramics from in 1992.
Free time to
Dinner, followed by pre-Feast Day festivities
in the Piazza Comune, for St. Francis Day, singing, dancing, a small market,
and music. Free Time.
Day 7 Oct 4th, Tuesday – Feast Day walk to the
Basilica; Mass at Santo Stefano, enjoy Assisi shopping afterwards, Lunch at Trattoria
Pallotta Vicolo della Volta Pinta. Visit the Basilica, the crypt where St.
Francis is buried, the Basilica di Santa Chiara; Santa Maria Maggiore Church. Free Time Enjoy the day’s activities and the
magic of Assisi.
Dinner at Locanda
dell'Angelo - Loc. Mora 24 - 06081 Assisi (PG) Tel: 075 80 39 780 - Cell: 347
72 68 841 then Free Time.
Day 8 Oct 5th, Wednesday – Shop at the large outdoor market
that occurs once a year the day after St. Francis feast day. We will say goodbye to Assisi and drive
south, stopping along the way for lunch.
We arrive to Narni to find magic at
the Convento del Sacro Speco and experience the peace and energy of this
special sacred place. Roland Prayer
Dinner and stay overnight in Narni, Hotel dei Priori or Ostello
Centro Speranza Sant'Anna
Day 9 Oct 6th, Thursday – After
a leisurely breakfast, we leave Narni to travel on the ancient old road to Rome
and stop to see Roland's Cave (yes it really exists!!!) and Roland’s Seat, a
sacred altar. Roland Prayer
Travel on to Rome, stopping for lunch on the way, check
into Hotel Victoria Roma, Via
Campania, 41 I - 00187 Roma Tel. +39 06 423701 Fax. +39 06 4871890, located
just off the Via Veneto and within walking distance of so many wonderful sites
in Rome, including The Museum and Crypt of Capuchins (Bones).
Free Time break for a rest until dinner
with the group.
Special wind up dinner at Marcello’s and then visit the Trevi
Fountain after dinner to throw our coins in, to make sure we return again
someday to Rome!
Day 10 Oct 7th, Friday – Leave for Home! Arrivederci
Alternate extension in Rome: Visit Pope Francis on Sunday at his special
weekly blessing and address at Noon in St. Peter’s Square. Explore the Vatican
and the wonderful sites after Mass: St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel,
Vatican Museum & more.
Schedule specifics subject to change.