Journey of a Lifetime Rome

Join Brooke Taylor as 95.5 The Fish and Proximo Travel bring you a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Rome, Italy for the canonization
of Blessed John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

Journey with Brooke and her husband for an inclusive Roman holiday that includes airfare from Cleveland, 4 and 5-star hotels near St. Peter's Square, two meals a day, passes, transfers and tickets to museums, and guided tours.  The trip also includes Florence, Venice, Assisi, and Tuscany.  The summit of the trip will be the opportunity to be on-hand for the rare opportunity to witness a canonization with thousands of fellow pilgrims from hundreds of faith traditions from around the world.

This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!  Space is limited.  This trip is recommended for experienced travelers.

Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John Paul XXIII - APRIL 27, 2014
APRIL 20 – 29, 2014


Day 1 ~ April 20:  Departure from Cleveland, OH to Rome.

Day 2 ~ April 21:  Arrival.  Check in- the Hotel in Florence. Dinner and overnight in Florence

Day 3 ~ April 22:
  Visit Assisi. See the tombs of St. Francis and St. Clare; enjoy a peaceful walk on the streets of Assisi. Dinner in Tuscany. Overnight in Florence.

Day 4 ~ April 23:  Tour of Venice: an amazing city built on water. Leave for Venice in the morning on our private bus. Estimated time of arrival is 12:00 noon. Visit St. Mark's plaza. Optional: Gondola ride and shopping. Dinner in Tuscany at a local restaurant. Red and white wine included. Back to hotel 10:00 pm. Long pants if you intend to go inside St. Mark's. Casual dress if you intend to go on a Gondola ride or spend time shopping and visiting the beautiful streets and bridges of Venice. Dinner in Florence, red and white wine included. Overnight in Florence.

Day 5 ~ April 24:  Tour of Florence in the region of Tuscany. Tour of the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizzi, Michelangelo's masterpiece, The David, Flea Market, Duomo (Cathedral), and the Baptistery. Tour Guide will show to those interested the location of the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Medici Chapel (where the Medici family was buried), and Basilica della Santa Croce (where Michelangelo and 15 other glorious Italian artists and thinkers were buried). Dinner in Florence. Red and white wine included. Casual dress throughout the day. Overnight in Florence.

Day 6 ~ April 25:  Drive to Rome. Visit the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Wall where the body of St. Paul is buried. It is the 2nd largest basilica in Rome and the 5th in the world. Check in the hotel and rest for a few hours if time permits. In the afternoon, we will be visiting St. Mary Major, the main Basilica dedicated to Mary in Rome. We will see the remains of Jesus' manger, the tomb of Bernini, the remains of St. Matthew the Evangelist, the tomb of St. Jerome, and the oldest icon in the world of the Virgin Mary painted by St. Luke: the famous Salus Populi Romani. We may immerse ourselves in the local culture by attending an Italian mass at St. Mary Major as well. Casual dress. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 7 ~ April 26:  Start the day around 9:30 am, by visiting St. Peter's in the Vatican, the largest Basilica in the world. There will be time for private devotion and shopping before lunch. In the afternoon we will see the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel (the Pope's private Chapel). Long pants, capris, or skirts below the knee, shoulders covered. Time to rest before dinner in the area of the hotel. Red and white wine included. Overnight in Rome.

Day 8 ~ April 27:  Day of the Canonization. Free afternoon and evening. Dinner en route to Florence. Red and white wine included. Overnight in Rome

Day 9 ~ April 28:  Start around 9:00am. Visit the Colosseum, the symbol of the city of Rome; a great building that has been standing since 80 A.D. Then visit St. John Lateran, the first Basilica ever to be built in the Roman Empire. In the afternoon, go to the breathtaking Catacombs where 500,000 people were buried. After the Catacombs our private bus will take us to the charming Castel Gandolfo where the Pope's Summer Residence is located. Awesome place with its spectacular Lake Albano, just like those towns you see on TV. Wine tasting and dinner at 6:00 pm at a local upscale restaurant: eat where the Italians eat. Several courses of delicious Italian food. Red and white wine included. Back at the hotel around 9:00 pm. Overnight in Rome.

Day 10 ~ April 29:  Our private bus brings us to the airport in Rome to fly home.

Please note:  We do our best to ensure that all sites listed in this itinerary will be seen. However, due to scheduling conflicts, or other circumstances beyond our control, sites may be visited on a different day than listed. If this happens it will also necessitate a change in the restaurant for dinner. However, we will never sacrifice the quality of the meal, all restaurants will meet Proximo Travel's very high standards. Since we have several different trip configurations touring at the same time, it is likely that groups on different tours will be combined when their itineraries overlap in certain areas.