Art Cities of Italy
Art Cities of Italy
Art Cities of Italy
Art Cities of Italy
Art Cities of Italy
Art Cities of Italy

Art Cities of Italy

Monday 02 - Saturday 07 October 2017

from £795

Flying from London City Airport with British Airways

Alongside a daily pilgrimage schedule including visits to the Shrines of Saint Anthony & Saint Leopold Mandic in Padua and St. Catherine in Bologna, this 5 nights / 6 day package will visit the famous ‘Art Cities’ of Venice, Bologna, Florence and Padua.

Marvel at the amazing renaissance artwork by the renowned Florentine artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo & Giotto.

The group will stay 3 nights in Padua (the Sanctuary of St. Anthony) & 2 nights in Bologna or vice versa.

This half-board package will also include daily guided sightseeing tours.


All about: Art Cities of Italy

Pilgrims are invited to join Canon Martin O'Connor & his parishioners on a journey through the great art cities and Shrines of northern Italy. 

The Italian art cities are some of the most-visited destinations in international cultural tourism. Rich in monuments, churches, castles, museums and historic dwellings, Italy’s cities of art are an ideal target for low-season tourism, fulfilling a desire to know them any time of the year.
Of course, there are many art cities in Italy, but this special package tour will focus on Bologna, Ferrara, Florence, Venice and Padua. 
Almost all of them preserve an important historic, artistic and architectonic heritage that narrates the succession of century after century. Rich in signs of the events of the men who moved about in them – Italy’s art cities were often the seats of governments and principalities, and the stages for the events that changed the course of history. More specifically these cities, due to their particular relationship with various axes of power, were made over several times – i.e. as residences of princes, dukes, popes, kings and emperors. Marked by the initiatives of great artists and patrons, these cities are not only the repositories of poignant artistic expressions but are themselves true masterpieces of art!
This tour will visit the Sanctuaries of St Anthony & St Leopold in Padua, as well as the Shrine of St Catherine of Bologna. 


The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this tour

* Return flights with British Airways from London City Airport

*Luxury coach transfers throughout. All airport and local taxes

* 3 nights hotel accommodation in central Bologna on a half board basis (6 meals)

* 2 nights hotel accommodation in central Padua on a half board basis (4 meals)

* Fully escorted by an Anam Cara Travel consultant

* Guided city tours of Venice, Florence, Padua & Bologna

* Admission to St. Marks Basilica, Venice

* Full religious itinerary - including daily Mass


Whats not included in this tour

* Lunch meals throughout the package

* Travel Insurance - We can include Travel Insurance in this package priced at £38.00

* Gratuities for coach driver & hotel staff (at your own discretion)

* Petite-train in Bologna to visit the Shrine of Madonna di San Luca (€10)

* Admission to museums during your own private free time.


  1. Day 1 Monday 02 October 2017
    Departure from London City Airport at 11 am. Upon arrival in Venice airport at 2 pm, meet with your Anam Cara Travel guide and transfer to the beautiful Renaissance city of Ferrara. The opening Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral; then some free time for lunch and sight-seeing. We continue on to Bologna and check-in to our Hotel for the next 3 nights. Evening meal in a local restaurant.
  2. Day 2 Tuesday 03 October 2017
    After breakfast in the Hotel, we transfer by coach to the stunning city of Florence, where we will celebrate Mass in the Church of Ognissanti (All Saints). After Mass, the group will enjoy a walking tour of Florence with a local guide. This tour will visit the famous Cathedral & Baptistery, the Ponte Vecchio, the Piazzale Michelangelo & the Orsanmichele, amongst other renowned landmarks. Free time for lunch and relaxation in the city centre, before returning to our hotel for evening meal.
  3. Day 3 Wednesday 04 October 2017

    After breakfast, the group will enjoy a walking tour of the city of Bologna, visiting some of Italy’s most famous artworks. During the day, we will famous the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, located on the 300-metre hill of Monte della Guardia; rewarding pilgrims with excellent views of the city below. The group will have free time for lunch before the celebration of Holy Mass at the Shrine of St. Catherine of Bologna, who is the Patron Saint of the city & for artists. The shrine contains the incorrupt remains of St. Catherine. We will return to the hotel for evening meal.

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  4. Day 4 Thursday 05 October 2017

    After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and take a short transfer to the city of Padua. Guided walking tour of the city including the famous frescoes by Giotto & the ultimate goal of our pilgrimage; the Basilica of St. Anthony. The group will celebrate Holy Mass in the Basilica before checking into our hotel. Our hotel is perfectly situated, immediately opposite the Basilica. Evening meal in a local Pizzeria.

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  5. Day 5 Friday 06 October 2017

    After breakfast, the group will transfer to Venice St Lucia Station. Here we will meet our guide for a relaxing walking tour, which will include a visit to St. Mark's Basilica & Square. You'll learn about the Doge's Palace (exterior only), Bell Tower, Clock Tower and the famous Bridge of Sighs, as well as the other monuments of this beautiful square while enjoying an introduction to the history of Venice, the ‘City of Canals’. We will finish the tour with the closing Mass for this pilgrimage. After some free time, the group will return to Padua for an evening meal.

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  6. Day 6 Saturday 07 October 2017

    After an early morning breakfast, we will depart the hotel at 08:30 am for our transfer to Venice Airport. The flight will depart at 11:15 am and arrive at London City Airport at 12:20 pm.

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