Passion Play of Sordevolo Featuring Florence & Rome
Passion Play of Sordevolo Featuring Florence & Rome Flyer
9
Days
8
Nights

DAY 1 I MILAN I BIELLA
Upon arrival into Milan, we will depart for a short panoramic tour of Milan. Afterwards, continue on to Biella. Enjoy some free time to unpack, unwind, and begin exploring. This evening we all meet for a Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

DAY 2 I BIELLA I TORINO I BIELLA
After breakfast, we will depart for a full day excursion to Torino. Here we will marvel at the beauty of Torino while on a walking tour and admire the historic buildings and attractions of the first capital of Italy. Then, access the Mole Antonelliana and visit the famous National Cinema Museum. Enjoy some free time to explore this lovely city. Return to Biella for overnight. (B)

DAY 3 I BIELLA I OROPA I SORDEVOLO I BIELLA
After breakfast, our journey continues with the Sacred Mountains of Piemonte. Here we will visit the Sanctuary of Oropa and the Sacro Monte which is comprised of 19 chapels, the most important cycle, devoted to the life of the Virgin Mary. You will visit the Old Church, which still contains the statue of the Black Madonna, a wooden sculpture covered in gold and jewels. There will be some free time before we continue to Sordevolo, the village where every 5 years, a Passion Play is performed with all the actors being local village people. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before attending the remarkable "Passion of Christ" performance. Return to Biella. (B,D)

DAY 4 I BIELLA I MODENA I FLORENCE
After breakfast, we depart Biella for Florence. Along the way a stop will be made in Modena for a Balsamic vinegar tasting. Afterwards, continue to Florence & check-in to your hotel. (B)

DAY 5 I FLORENCE
After breakfast, we will depart for a morning guided walking tour of Florence including entrances to the Academia Museum, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Baptistery with its "Gates of Paradise". Afterwards, we continue the day with a tour of a local farm followed by a wine tasting and snacks. Return to Florence. (B)

DAY 6 I FLORENCE I ASSISI I ROME
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Florence for Rome. Along the way we will stop in Assisi for a guided tour of St. Francis Basilica. There will be some free time to stroll around this lovely town. Afterwards, we continue with a stop at the "Porziuncola" at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Overnight in Rome. Dinner included at a local restaurant. (B,D)

DAY 7 I ROME
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for a full day tour of Rome. We start with a guided tour which includes the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica. Free time for lunch on your own. Afterwards, we continue with a tour of Imperial Rome including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Return to the hotel. Balance of the day is free. (B)

DAY 8 I ROME
After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to St Peter's Square for the Wednesday Papal blessing (depending on the Holy Father's Schedule). Balance of the day is free for last minute shopping and independent activities. This evening we bid arrivederci to Italy at a special Farewell dinner. (B,D)

DAY 9 I ROME TO USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)
  • 8 nights' accommodations at indicated First Class hotel or similar
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 5 dinners at local restaurants including wine, mineral water, and coffee
  • Wine tasting and "snacks" in Tuscany
  • Balsamic Vinegar tasting and lunch in Modena
  • Sightseeing as indicated, including local guide and all entrance fees
  • Professional English speaking tour director throughout
  • Passion Play ticket preferred seating
  • Touring and transfers by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person at hotels
  • Stay Tax
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

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