Divine Feminine & the Vatican, Civitavecchia-Rome
February 24 – 28, 2024
5 – Days
$2700.00 per person
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This is the Divine Feminine Italian Tour in a 5-part Divine Adventure tour series. Take all tours or just this one.
Day 1 – Feb 24
You’ll check into your 4-star Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
with spa, restaurant and rooftop terrace in Rome city’s center. Until evening, you’ll have the day free to relax (spa available) or explore Rome – the “hop on and off” bus runs on a regular basis.
Rome is the capital of Italy and also of the Province of Rome and of the region of Lazio. The Vatican is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church located within the Vatican City which is an independent country within the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.
Transportation systems are nearby: Termini Tram Stop – 4 min walk, Rome Termini Station – 5 min walk, you can take a train to the Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci Intl. Airport (FCO) – 35 min drive. The train from the airport is how people travel easily to their hotels in Rome. Some nearby landmarks are as follows:
Baths of Diocletian – 5 min walk
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore – 6 min walk
Trevi Fountain – 19 min walk
Spanish Steps – 19 min walk
Colosseum – 20 min walk
Antica Focacceria San Francesco – 3 min walk
Ristorante Zeus – 2 min walk
Operart – 2 min walk
Ristorante Alessio – 2 min walk
Amedeo Ristorante – 1 min walk
In the evening, we’ll gather in the hotel restaurant to meet the Tour Director and find out about the Vatican tour tomorrow. We’ll have our celebration dinner to commemorate our embarking on an exciting Divine Roman adventure together. Then, we‘ll get a good night’s sleep.
Overnight: Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Day 2 – Feb 25
After breakfast, we’ll walk to the Vatican and gain access through skip-the-line. The Vatican is home to the Pope and beautiful frescos, icons and architecture.
We’ll visit St. Peters Basilica that houses ancient Roman sculptures such as the famed Michelangelo’s “Pieta”. And we’ll see Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel that was built between 1473 and 1481.
Raphael Rooms form a suite of reception rooms in the Apostolic Palace, now part of the Vatican Museums, in Vatican City. They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop.
You’ll see the Divine Feminine within St. Peters Basilica and the Raphael Rooms in the Vatican.
Later, as we return to our hotel, we’ll have photo ops at the following:
The Colosseum an oval amphitheatre where Gladiator spectacles were held in the sixth century. It’s located in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, just east of the Roman Forum. It is still the largest standing amphitheatre in the world today, despite its age.
The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. It is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. As the brick stamps on the side of the building reveal it was built and dedicated between A.D 118 and 125.
We’ll return to our hotel and the rest of the day is at our leisure. And we’ll meet for dinner in our hotel in the evening.
Overnight: Best Western Plus Hotel Universo, Rome
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Feb 26
Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels
After Breakfast, we’ll travel to Assisi and visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels.
Commissioned by Pope Pio V to accommodate the growing influx of pilgrims, the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli has a striking Mannerist style, preBaroque. This majestic church is the seventh-largest Christian church.
Located on the plain below Assisi, it was built between 1569 and 1679 to house the Porziuncola chapel (refer to left & right), the spiritual heart of St. Francis’ first order; as well as the Cappella del Transito, where Francis died in 1226. Both these important Franciscan chapels are frescoed with scenes depicting the saint’s many visions. 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.
In addition, the Golden Divine Mother Sculpture by the sculptor Colasanti, was put on top of the Santa Maria Degli Angeli Basilica façade in 1930.
The basilica complex holds the Franciscan Rose Garden, where his thornless roses are said to have miraculously bloomed; and the Porziuncola Museum, founded by Franciscan friars in 1924 and exhibiting religious art and reliquaries from the 13th and 14th centuries.
Then we’ll check into our 4-star Hotel Assisium Boutique located in the historic center of Assisi and within walking distance of several landmark, which you can choose from to visit on your own, including the following:
The Basilica of Saint Francis is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor Conventual in Assisi, a town in the Umbria region in central Italy, where Saint Francis was born and died. It is a Papal minor basilica and one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy. With its accompanying friary, Sacro Convento, the basilica is a distinctive landmark to those approaching Assisi. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
- Piazza del Comune is centre of town, and what a beautiful town, no parking but restaurants, bars, shops galore and stunning architecture of all structures, not just religious building of which there are many.
- Temple of Minerva is an ancient Roman building in Assisi, Umbria, central Italy. It currently houses a church, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, built in 1539 and renovated in Baroque style in the 17th century.
- Assisi Cathedral of San Rufino, dedicated to San Rufino, is a major church in Assisi, Italy. This stately church in Umbrian Romanesque style was the third church built on the same site to contain the remains of bishop Rufinus of Assisi, martyred in the 3rd century.
- Basilica of Santa Chiara is dedicated to and contains the remains of Saint Clare of Assisi, a follower of Saint Francis of Assisi and founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, known today as the Order of Saint Clare.
Chiesa Nuova, is a church built on the birthplace of St. Francis
- The Rocca Maggiore is a castle which dominated, for more than eight hundred years, the citadel of Assisi and the valley of Tescio, constituting the most viable fortification for their defense.
In the evening, we’ll meet for dinner in our hotel and enjoy exhillerating conversation.
Overnight: Assisium Boutique, Assisi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Feb 27
After Breakfast, we’ll travel to Civitavecchia with stops in the cities of Perugia or Orvieto, and along Lake Trasimeno.
We’ll check into our seafront 4-star Hotel De La Ville in Civitavecchia seaport, the largest Mediterranean port and rich in history.
You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore Civitavecchia and/or rest for the evening celbration dinner.
You can walk the promenade and admire the “Statue of the Kiss” and the Forte Michelangelo. And visit Civitavecchia’s Cathedral and the Church of Immaculate Conception where you have an opportunity to make a deeper mystical connection to the Divine Feminine.
In the evening, we’ll gather in the hotel’s restaurant to commemorate our successful completion of our exciting Divine Roman adventure together.
Overnight: Hotel De La Ville, Civitavecchia
Meals: Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
Day 5 – Feb 28
After Breakfast, transfers to train station and/or airport for another desitnation or to the cruiseship terminal where we’ll continue our Divine Adventures and embark on our Cruise of the Mediterranean today.