Welcoming 2022, 2021 and 2020 Confirmandi and Parents

An Easter Pilgrimage to Italy

April 17 – 25, 2022 / $3490.00 air-inclusive from IAD

This pilgrimage will immerse the St. Mary’s Basilica confirmandi and their family members in the incredible history, heritage and traditions of Roman and Catholic civilization.  Featuring visits to Rome, Assisi, Siena, Orvieto, Norcia and Monte Cassino, this pilgrimage includes nearly everything in the cost: airfare, lodging, private bus transportation, private guides, most meals and more.

Daily Mass – always celebrated at the tombs of great saints and martyrs – is the foundation of each day. This will be complemented by a robust and immersive touring program through the greatest lives, moments and monuments of our Catholic heritage.

This trip is limited to 55 guests and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Traveling to Italy during the Pandemic

Italy is currently requiring a Covid-19 vaccine or proof of recovery in order to enter the country without quarantine. If you are unvaccinated or have any concerns about the situation please contact us. We are here to help.

Overview

On this trip we will venture in the footsteps of the greatest saints and martyrs of our Catholic heritage. We will experience the history and magnificence of Rome firsthand and explore the most incredible places of Italy.

Rome

This trip features four full days in the Eternal City. We will explore Rome’s greatest sites, from the tunnels of crypts and catacombs to the many ancient amphitheaters and early Christian churches.

Siena

Siena, found in the heart of the Chianti region of Tuscany, is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Here we will spend a day exploring the life of Saint Catherine, the great mystic and Doctor of the Church. 

Orvieto

Our pilgrimage features a day-trip to Orvieto, home to one of Italy’s finest Gothic cathedrals, the Duomo of Orvieto, which serves as a solemn reliquary for the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena!

Panoramic view of Assisi. Umbria.
Assisi

For two days we will explore Assisi following in the footsteps of the great Saints Francis and Claire! Our time in Assisi also features a day-trip across the mountains to Norcia and a Benedictine monastery!

The Itinerary

Please reference the brochure (found at top of webpage) for the full itinerary.

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Flight Details

Easter Sunday, April 17

Today we depart from Washington Dulles on United Airlines flight 884 at 5:20 PM. Detailed departure information will be communicated a few months prior to departure. 

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Land of Saints and Miracles

The first three days of our pilgrimage will be spent exploring the most beautiful and sacred places of central Italy: Umbria and Tuscany. We call it the “Land of Saints and Miracles.”

Our first stop? Orvieto, home to the first church-approved Eucharistic miracle, dating back nearly 800 years! We’re then off to Assisi, the “Seraphic City” – so beautiful that the Seraphim seem to live there. It was in the mountains of Assisi that Saint Francis and Saint Claire experienced massive conversions of soul and then went on to change the world for the better.

We’ll also visit the Benedictine monastery at Norcia, the birthplace of the great founder of Western monasticism – Saint Benedict, and his sister Saint Scholastica. Benedict’s influence is so great that he stands out as a patron of Europe.

Last but not least, Siena. Also a patron of Europe, Saint Catherine’s enormous influence was built on nothing more than deep prayer, and the entire content of Europe benefited because of her! We’ll also see the Eucharistic miracle of Siena!

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The City of Peter and Paul - Roma

Rome is the Eternal City. There is no place more beautiful and more important in the history of the world than Rome. As Catholics, we know that Rome’s eternal purpose of civilizing and saving the world through the work of Christ’s Church continues every day.

This trip features four full days in Rome. During this time we will explore the history and places of Rome’s incredible three-thousand year history, highlighting the artistic and architectural treasures along the way. The itinerary includes a Papal Angelus, the Scavi Tour, the Colosseum and Roman Forum, the Catacombs, the Four Major Basilicas, the Best Baroque Churches and Monuments of Rome, the Jesuit Churches, and so much more.

We’ll also take a day trip to the mountain-top monastery of Monte Cassino, the burial place of the Saints Benedict and Scholastica!

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Coming Home

Monday, April 25

Following breakfast we will depart for Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Our flight United Airlines 885 is scheduled to depart at 11:00 AM. At 3:05 PM we’ll touch down at Washington Dulles. Welcome home!

TRIP DETAILS

Pricing & Registration

Payment Details

Only $200.00 is due at registration.

$200.00 / due @ registration

$1645.00
due December 1, 2021
$1645.00
due February 1, 2022
Check or credit cards accepted
Please note that payment by credit card incurs a 3% processing fee.

Regular Price

See the brochure or FAQ section below for a full list of inclusions.

$3490.00 / per-person

Roundtrip Airfare
Beautiful Hotels and Religious Guesthouses
All Tours, All Tour Fees and Most Meals
ProRome Tour Director, Private Guides, Headsets
Private Bus Transportation

Upgrades

Upgrades are subject to a price increase and are limited in availability.

Please Inquire

Single Room Surcharge
$700.00
Premium Economy
Please Inquire
Business/First Class
Please Inquire

Planning Timeline

Register

In order to register simply fill out the form on this page! Your place on the trip is then secure!

Purchase Travel Insurance

We will send you an insurance quote as soon as you register. We strongly suggest that everyone purchases travel insurance.

Get Your Passports Ready

Apply as soon as possible. NB - Passports that expire within six months of the travel dates are not valid to enter Europe.

Get Welcome Packet & Pack Your Bags

One month before the trip we will send you a Benvenuti Box with lots of useful information. Andiamo!

Meet the Team

Fr. David Dufresne
Trip Chaplain
Joe Long
Managing Director
Margaret Keppel
Office Manager
Sordilli Tours
Bussing Contractor
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

At the top of this webpage click “Register Now”.

What are the most up-to-date rules for Americans in Italy?

Unvaccinated Americans are currently required to quarantine for five days on arrival. Furthermore, a Green Pass is required for all Americans in order to access certain tourist attractions and crowded areas (more info below). Here is a link to the official embassy website with the most -up-to-date information: https://it.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/.

What is the “Green Pass”?

The “Digital Green Certificate/Green Pass” is required by Italians in order to access certain locations and participate in certain social activities throughout Italy. The purpose of the “Green Pass” is to slow the spread of Covid-19 by permitting only those who pose a low risk of transmitting the virus into crowded spaces. The “Green Pass” allows those who are fully vaccinated, those who have recovered from the virus within six months, and those with a negative Covid-19 test taken within 48 hours, to participate in crowded spaces.

How do I go about getting the “Green Pass”?

Although Americans are not eligible to acquire the “Green Pass”, the Italian Ministry of Health issued an ordinance on July 29, 2021 stating that the following certificates issued in the USA will be regarded as the “Green Pass”. Please make sure that you have a digital and physical copy of one of the following before the trip.

  1. An Anti-COVID 19 vaccination certificate recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). At present, the EMA recognizes the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca. The date of the final vaccine dose must be at least 14 days prior to travel. Travelers vaccinated in the United States can prove this via the “white card” bearing the CDC logo.
  2. A medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID dated no more than six months before departure. Please request an official certificate from your medical practitioner. 
  3. A negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test result carried out within the past 48 hours. ProRome will arrange a rapid antigen test every day for those who will require it. Most pharmacies offer rapid tests for only $25.00.

Will ProRome arrange Covid-19 testing if it is still required?

Absolutely and 100%. Please keep in mind that any test costs (on average only 19 euro) are the traveler’s responsibility.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Please click here for our Terms and Conditions, where you will find the cancellation and refund policy related to this tour.

Can I book my own flights? What is the land-only price?

We highly suggest that you do not fly separately, as any travel delays or changes to your separate flight would make it very difficult and costly to meet with the group. If you must fly separately, the land-only price is $2690.00.

How many bags can I bring on the flight?

One carry-on, one checked bag, and one personal item.

Do I need to wear a mask on the flight?

Yes – it is law. We hope that this will change by the time of the trip.

Do I need to wear a mask in Italy?

Although the laws governing masks are subject to change before the trip, wearing a face mask is currently mandatory in indoor public places throughout Italy.

The following persons are not required to wear masks:
•    children under the age of 6
•    people with disabilities

What do I need to do in order to return to the USA?

Effective January 26, 2021 the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days​. Please know that we will organize a time for the entire group to be tested two days before departure. This will be at your expense, and will cost about $25.00.

Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

What if I test positive for Covid-19 and cannot return home?

In the event that you test positive for Covid-19 and are unable to board the flight home, ProRome will assist in arranging a hotel at your expense. ProRome will also assist in rebooking your flights at a later date at your expense.

Chaperones from the Chesterton Schools Network have volunteered to stay in Rome should any student be forced to remain in Rome until they are able to test negative. ProRome staff will also be present in Rome.

Please know that any expenses resulting from a positive Covid-19 test are covered under our travel insurance plans. For this reason travel insurance is highly recommended. Please contact us for more information.

Are you insured?

Yes. We are fully insured with Travel Agents and Tour Operators Professional Liability Insurance through Zurich American Insurance Company . And yes, travel insurance can be purchased through ProRome Tours.

Will I be safe with your group?

Safety is our #1 priority. We alway stay together as a group. Our policy is 24/7 adult supervision. The only exception is campus, where our students can spend time together without adult supervision.

What do you do in the event of an emergency?

ProRome remains in close contact with the American embassy in Rome, who issues safety and security messages for Italy on their website found here: https://it.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/. In the case of an emergency, we will first ensure that all of our students are safe and able to communicate immediately with their parents. We will then follow the instructions of the local Italian and American authorities and make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Our staff receives training before the program, which involves reading, understanding and committing to memory a forty-page crisis management plan. If you would like to see a copy of this plan please inquire.

Can you accommodate people with food allergies or specific dietary restrictions?

Absolutely. Vegetarian or vegan, gluten-free or celiac, we work only with restaurants and caterers who have ample options for you.

Trip Patron

St. Joseph – the foster father of Jesus Christ – is the greatest of saints. As our trip patron, we will pray to St. Joseph before and during the trip, asking this incredible man, the protector of the child Jesus, to protect us on our pilgrimage!

“The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course.

Travel Insurance

Protecting You, and Your Loved Ones

Protect Your Travel Investment, and Plan Worry Free

Please know that any expenses resulting from a positive Covid-19 test are covered under our travel insurance plans. For this reason travel insurance is highly recommended. Please contact us for more information.