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Rome – Final day of the tour

Those of us attending the Papal Audience left the hotel promptly at 7:00 a.m. and, remembering the helpful tips our tour guide had given us the day before, we were able to get great seats in Vatican Square. Our group not only got seats along a barricade and…

Rome – Day 12

We had an early start this morning – we met our tour guide, Elisabeth, at 7 a.m. and rode the bus to St. Peter’s Basilica. The Right Rev. Joel P. Garner, O.Praem., led a private mass in one of the chapels, along with Fr. Jay Fostner and…

Orvieto and Rome – Day 11

We began our day touring the beautifully quaint hill town Orvieto. After a quick walk through town, we headed inside the Cathedral. There were ornate banners and frescoes throughout, and an amazing marble sculpture. We also learned about the Eucharistic miracle. After a quick lunch and a…

Assisi – Days 9-10

It’s hard to believe we’ve left Florence, and have been in Assisi for almost two days! We arrived in the lower part of the city, and met up with our guide, Priscilla. We had a short walk to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels.…

Florence – Day 8

Given the amount of time spent on the bus yesterday, we were all thankful to spend the entire day in Florence. We started out bright and early with a walking tour of the city. After pointing out a few noteworthy landmarks, our guide Roberto brought us…

Milan and Pavia – Day 7

Our day began with a tour of Duomo di Milano. It’s hard to depict with mere photos the magnificence of this structure. There are countless figures and details sculpted into the exterior alone, and the interior was just as breathtaking. We first descended into the baptistry,…

Milan – Day 6

We bid a fond farewell to Austria’s majestic Alps this morning, and boarded the bus bound for Milan. The mountains were soon replaced by vineyards as far as the eye could see. We were scheduled to make a lunch stop at Lazise, but it was market…

Wilten Abbey, Innsbruck, Austria – Day 5

Today we had a rainy morning ride into the majestic Alps. The transformation of the landscape was so exciting! We passed waterfalls, fresh flowing rivers and lush green vegetation. Innsbruck means bridge over the Inn River. We arrived at the Wilten Abbey in time for a…

Schussenried, Steinhausen and Rot an der Rot – Day 4

Monday was a rainy day but the sunshine was powerful in the churches we toured today. I think everyone – except Dr. Joel Mann, who knows his world history! – has learned a lot about Western Civ history, and especially the aftermath of the 30 Years…

Roggenburg – Day 3

We had a beautiful day at Roggenburg! We attended mass in the church Sunday morning. The organ music reverberated throughout the church, and even though the service was in German, the harmonies had a comforting familiarity. Ullrich was our tour guide, and remained with us for the…