The Canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII with Lino Rulli and Fr. Dave Dwyer

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At a glance

April 20 – 29, 2014

Rome and Assisi

How much?

What’s included?
Airfare, accommodations, transportation, eight amazing meals and more!


April 20: Up in the air
Your overnight flight to Rome.

April 21 – 24: Rome
During our first four days in Rome we are going to see a lot!

Of course we’ll hit up the popular sites such as the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.

But we’ll dig even deeper into Rome with visits to the Catacombs, Saint Mary Major, Saint John Lateran, Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Scala Santa (the stairs Jesus climbed when he was condemned to death), Santa Croce (the church that houses the relics from the Passion), Santa Maria della Vittoria, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Santa Sabina, San Pietro in Vincoli, Chiesa Nuova, San Luigi, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Gesù, Sant’Ignazio, Sant’Agostino, Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, Castel Sant’Angelo and more!

We’ll enjoy an evening floodlit tour of Rome with visits to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.

Into art? Well see see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Bernini and more.

We’ll attend the Wednesday General Audience with Pope Francis.

Along the way, we’ll visit many saints, including…

Saint Peter, Saint Paul, Saint Ignatius, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Catherine, Saint Monica, Saint Agnes, Saint Cecilia, Saint Lawrence, Saint Stephen and more!

Each night you’ll be treated to the best food in Rome. We’ll be dining at Lino’s favorite restaurants!

April 25: Assisi
This morning we’ll head up to Assisi.

We are staying at Hotel Umbra. This hotel is right in the city center, just off Piazza del Comune.

We’ll take a leisurely stroll through the town and visit San Francesco, San Ruffino, Santa Chiara and Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

This evening we’ll have an excellent traditional Umbrian dinner.

We’ll take a private coach straight to Assisi from the airport.

April 26: Rome
This morning we’ll travel back to Rome.

On our way out of Assisi, we’ll stop at Santa Maria degli Angeli to celebrate Mass. Here we will visit the Porziuncola, one of the churches Saint Francis restored.

Tonight after dinner, we will line up for the Canonization Mass.

Full disclosure: Rome is expecting millions of people for the Mass. Many of these people will start lining up the day before, some of the Polish people may already be in line right now! There is a chance that we will not even be able to make it into the Square. I will do all I can to get us as close as possible, but it will require sacrifice from you. We will be spending the night outside (even if it’s raining). With so many people in line, it will get very uncomfortable. It may be difficult to leave the line to get to a restroom, and nearly impossible to make it back to our spot if you do. The Italians have not mastered the art of crowd control, so do expect some running, pushing and some downright dangerous situations as the line begins to move into the Square. If this sort of scene is not for you, or if once you are in line you realize you cannot handle the crowds, the Canonization will be broadcast live to several spots around Rome, you can always sleep in your own bed and then head somewhere to watch it on TV. We were in Rome for the Beatification of John Paul II, of our group of 31, less than half made it through the night. Those who made it said it was totally worth it, those who left the line, said they had no regrets.

April 27: Rome
The Canonization Mass should begin at 9:30 a.m. and end around noon.

After Mass, we will break for lunch and naps. We will join back up this evening for dinner.

April 28: Rome
We’ll continue our extensive tour of Rome today and end with dinner at Lino’s favorite restaruant.

April 29: Up in the air
Your flight home.


$3,900 (scroll down to see all that’s included)
$1,000 deposit secures your spot.
Final payment of $2,900 due February 28, 2014.

Small group! Space is limited!

Traveling alone? No problem! You’ll have a chance to ‘meet’ the other solo travelers before the trip and pick a roommate. This has always worked out well.

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You must be able to carry your own luggage. You are responsible for your luggage and getting it from the plane to the bus to your hotel room. We do not have porters! Keep this in mind when trying to decide how many pairs of shoes to bring!

You should be in good physical shape. We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside. Some days we may cover two to three miles at a decent pace.

You must be flexible! This is Italy, things may close without notice, a protest could spring up without warning. But, it’s not all negative, great things come up unexpectedly as well. Being flexible is the key for happy travels!

The Lottery

Everyone loves a Lino Lottery, right?

Remember, this is not a lottery to win a free trip! This is a lottery for you to win a chance to pay to travel on this trip! Hundreds of people sign up in just a few hours. To be fair to everyone, we developed a lottery system to give each person an equal chance of being selected.

Here’s how it works…

xxx, October xx at 8:00 pm, we open up the sign up process.

You submit your name and the number of spaces you want to reserve (max 2).

xxx, October xx at 8:00 pm, we close the sign up process.

I print out all the names and put them in a hat. A real hat.

I blindly pull out the number of names needed to fill the trip.

I notify the winners that they were picked.

If picked, you must put down a deposit of $1,000 per person within 48 hours. The balance is not due until February 28.


Roundtrip airfare to Rome (FCO)
The group flight departs from and returns to Philadelphia. You are responsible for getting to and from PHL.

Does booking your own flight make you nervous?

Don’t be nervous! I’ll help you with all the details. Just let me know what you want to do and I’ll help find the best flight for you, at no charge, of course.

Accommodations for 8 nights
In Rome we are staying at Hotel Alimandi.

In Assisi we are staying at Hotel Umbra.

“The hotels Mountain booked us in were wonderful. The staff in each hotel spoke English, were warm, personable and very helpful. The hotels were clean and centrally located to area.” – Dee H.

Breakfast daily plus 8 additional meals
Who travels to Italy to eat at a hotel? All our meals are in authentic Italian restaurants. And, of course, water and ALL YOU CAN DRINK WINE are included in your price.

All group ground transportation
We’ll be traveling by private motor coach and sometimes by foot. It’s all covered.

Full time service of a guide
Visiting new countries can be intimidating! That’s why you will have an experienced American guide with you at all times.

“If Jack Bauer was a Catholic tour guide, he’d be Mountain.” – John S.

Local guides per itinerary
Some places command the knowledge of a scholar. That is why we employ professional local guides for the Vatican Museums, Ancient Rome, Catacombs and the Scavi Tour.

“Our guides were excellent, great people, personalities, kept us on time so we did not miss a thing, well informed providing us with a wealth of information.” – Barbara B.

No hidden costs
If we do it as a group, it’s included in the price! You are responsible only for a few meals you have on your own, any souvenirs you wish to buy and anything you want to do in your free time. Tips, taxes, drinks? Already included!

Guaranteed cost
Once we receive your deposit, your tour price will not go up, even if the Euro increases!

All tips for group meals, local guides and drivers
Would you believe that many tour companies require you to tip as you go? Not only does that add to the advertised sticker price of a tour, it’s also a huge hassle to you! No need to worry about that here. Tips are already included and we take care of that behind the scenes.

Entry fees and tours
All entry fees and tours to our included group activities.

“The price was very affordable for everything that was provided. Just the flight alone cost more than the whole tour. The meals provided were EXCELLENT. The tours were well worth the admission fees and the churches that we visited were priceless.”
- Rena V.

Social planning
Plan your trip with your traveling companions before you leave! We set up private Facebook groups for each tour. If you don’t already know everyone on the trip, this gives you a chance to meet before you meet!

“The Facebook group has been a really fun part of preparing for our trip. I’ve been able to really get to know my fellow pilgrims, sharing our lives (and fun stories!) through our various interactions on the group. I’ve been able to meet 5 fellow pilgrims in person because we became friends on the Facebook page – this would not have happened if Mountain didn’t set it up for us. It’s actually made me more excited for the trip!”
- Sarah V.

You time
We have a lot planned, but time on your own is important. We take our time in churches to give you the opportunity for prayer and reflection. We also include some free time for you to explore, shop and relax on your own.

“Mountain was also very helpful during the “free time” of the trip. He gave us great recommendations on food and places to see. He has been to these places so many times that he had an answer to almost any question we threw at him. – Sarah D.


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