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The lombard popes of the 20th century

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INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATION FEE (minimum 30 participants):

 

Basic fee starting from € 265.00

Surcharges: single room € 40.00

 

The fee includes:

Trip by Gran Turismo bus as scheduled - Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Brescia and 3-star hotel in Bergamo in twin/double rooms - Half board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 3 - Lunches in Brescia and Grumello al Monte included - Language guides for visits as scheduled - Admission fee to the Paul VI Collection in Concesio and Bergamo Cathedral included - Ticket for funicular railway in Bergamo included -

POSSIBILITY OF PERSONALIZED PROGRAMS

1st day

CONCESIO - BRESCIA

Arrival in Concesio (Brescia), the birthplace of Giovanni Battista Montini on the outskirts of Brescia: guided tour of the house where he was born, the parish church (which preserves the original baptismal font) and then visit to the "Paul VI Collection of contemporary art" at the Paul VI Institute which collects an heritage of 7000 paintings, drawings, prints, medals and sculptures of the '900, evidence of the lively cultural exchange of the world of art with the Pope. Lunch. In the afternoon guided tour of Brescia, starting from the ruins of the Roman Brixia (Piazza del Foro, Decumano massimo, Capitolium, Roman theatre) we arrive at the square dedicated to Pope Paul VI, from the Middle Ages, where there is the Cathedral, which houses the precious monument to Paul VI, created in 1984 by the artist Lello Scorzelli. Then we continue with a visit to the Sanctuary of the Graces, a place dear to Don Giovanni Battista Montini, later Pope Paul VI, who celebrated his first Mass as a new priest here. Accommodation at the hotel, dinner and overnight.

2nd day

SOTTO IL MONTE - BERGAMO

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Sotto il Monte (Bergamo) and guided tour of the place that gave birth to St. John XXIII: the birthplace of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the Church of S.Maria in Brusicco (where he received her Baptism and where is located the altar of the celebration of the first Mass), Ca Maitino (a place that houses many documents and objects from the life of Pope John XXIII, and now the residence of his historic secretary Cardinal Loris Capovilla), the Sanctuary of St. John XXIII with the Parish Church (consecrated by Bishop Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli and the adjacent Chapel of Peace) and the Crypt "Oboedientia et Pax" (of great emotional impact). Lunch. In the afternoon visit to Bergamo Alta, its Cathedral and the nearby Colleoni Chapel. Accomodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.

3rd day

DESIO - SOTTO IL MONTE VARESE

Breakfast. Departure for Desio (Monza Brianza) and guided tour of the birthplace of Achille Ratti, Pope Pius XI, which is now the home of the Pius XI Museum and the International Centre for Studies and Documentation Pius XI. The museum itinerary winds around the room where the pope was born, transformed into a chapel, and some of the cardinal and papal furnishings, objects of daily use, liturgical and devotional objects and objects related to the mountaineering achievements of Achille Ratti. Lunch. Continue to Varese and visit the Sacred Mount: with its chapels dedicated to the mysteries of the Rosary and pilgrimage destination since the Middle Ages, the mountain has been included in the list of World Heritage by UNESCO. Departure for the return.