(9 days from Rome to Rome)
Welcome to Italy—a romantic country steeped in history with some of the world’s most famous and sacred sights. Your tour starts in Rome, where history comes alive at the Colosseum and Roman Forum. See St. Peter’s Square and Basilica and other sacred sights, including the Basilica of St. John Lateran, one of the four major churches built in Rome in the 4th century; the Holy Stairs, transported from Jerusalem around 326 AD and today a pilgrimage site; and the burial site of St. Paul the Apostle. Enjoy walking tours in Florence and Sienna with a Local Guide, and delight in the scenery offered in Tuscany.
In Assisi, the home of St. Francis, visit the Basilica of St. Francis; the Church of St. Clare, founder of the Order of Poor Clares; and the Cappella del Transito (Chapel of the Transit), where St. Francis died in 1226. Your vacation ends back in Rome with time for you to make your own discoveries.