This is an art tour concentrating on the study and appreciation of Roman, Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical works of art. There will be daily Mass celebrated by Fr. Isaac Delmanowski, the group chaplain. This trip is geared more towards those who appreciate or study art. A $200 discount is available to students currently enrolled in an Art school or who have an Art major (proof must be supplied).
Br. Marcel, SSPX, attended the Johannesburg Art, Ballet, Drama and Music School for two years of high school, and graduated from high school with a Distinction in Art.
He entered St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary and began working in the newly established Art Department for 15 years specializing in sculpture and mold-making. During this time, Br. Marcel produced artwork for numerous SSPX churches in the United States and Canada, including St. Robert Bellarmine Church in St. Cloud, MN; Our Lady Queen of Peace in British Columbia; St. Isidore’s Church in Denver, CO; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in St. Paul, MN; and St.Vincent de Paul Church in Kansas City, MO.
In 2008, Br. Marcel was transferred to Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy where he spent five years teaching all grades Art History and Theory, drawing, watercolor painting, woodworking and woodcarving.
Since 2013, Br. Marcel is stationed at the US District Headquarters in Platte City, MO, where he is currently responsible for all design aspects of church construction and renovation throughout the District, recently including Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Phoenix, AZ; the chapel at Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy in Georgetown, IL; and St. James Church in Pittsburgh, PA.
Day 1. Tuesday, July 26: USA – Rome
Embark on a transatlantic flight to Rome, Italy.
Day 2. Wednesday, July 27: Rome – Florence
From Rome, travel north to Florence, a vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance. Visit the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy, which houses in its crypt the relics of San Miniato (St. Minas), a 3rd century martyr who, after being beheaded, carried his own head to this spot. See the Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence, overlooking the Piazza della Signoria, the political hub of the city. Also see the oldest and most famous bridge across the Arno, the Ponte Vecchio, built in 1345 and the oldest surviving bridge in the city. This was the city’s only bridge to escape destruction during World War II. Transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner with fellow travelers. (WD)
Day 3. Thursday, July 28: Florence
This morning, visit the Convent and Museum of San Marco, and admire devotional frescos on the cloisters and cells by the famous Fra Angelico. Continue to Florence’s Academy of Fine Arts, home to Michaelangelo’s David. After lunch on your own, visit the red-domed and richly decorated Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore, the fourth largest church in Europe and one of the oldest buildings in Florence. Also admire the magnificent East Door of the Baptistry, known as the “Gate to Paradise”. Afterwards, enjoy time at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)
Day 4. Friday, July 29: Florence
Today visit the Uffizi Gallery, Italy’s greatest art gallery, which houses works of art by great Italian artists such as Botticelli, Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello. Continue to the Basilica of San Lorenzo, one of the oldest churches in Florence, known for its magnificent Medici chapels, as well as art by Donatello and Michaelangelo. Finally, visit the beautiful Gothic Church of Santa Croce. This vast structure is the largest Franciscan church in the world, and includes 16 chapels, many of them decorated with frescoes by Giotto and his pupils. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 5. Saturday, July 30: Florence – Ravenna
This morning, travel to the city of Ravenna, renowned for its rich mosaics and Byzantine churches. Upon arrival, visit the Basilica of San Vitale, the most famous monument of Ravenna, and one of the most important examples of Byzantine art and architecture in Western Europe. Continue to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the earliest and best preserved mosaic monument, and the Basilica of St. Apollinare Nuovo, built by the Arian Emperor Theodoric and famous for its two side walls full of figurative mosaics dating from 500 AD. Finally, visit the Tomb of Dante. Dinner and overnight in Ravenna. (BB, D)
Day 6. Sunday, July 31: Ravenna
Today enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the city on your own. After lunch, visit the Mausoleum of Theodoric, built in 520 by the emperor as his future tomb. It is topped with a remarkable monolithic dome 36 feet in diameter, with twelve square arches bearing the names of eight Apostles and four Evangelists. Continue to the 6th-century Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe to admire the rich mosaics in this important monument of Byzantine art in Ravenna. The rest of the day is free with dinner on your own. (BB)
Day 7. Monday, August 1: Ravenna – Rome
Travel from Ravenna to Rome. Experience the glory of Imperial Rome while visiting the Coliseum, famous as a place of spectacle and death. Many martyrs died here as thousands looked on. See the Roman Forum, an ancient meeting place, market place, and religious and political center. Visit the Capitoline Museums, established in the late 15th century, and housed in two palaces designed by Michelangelo. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)
Day 8. Tuesday, August 2: Rome
This morning, discover the Vatican Museums, home to many of the world’s masterpieces. Enter the Sistine Chapel and view Michelangelo’s frescoes, which have been restored to their full glory. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, where Michelangelo’s Pieta – the only work signed by the master – will be just one of many highlights. Continue to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, which houses a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Salvation of the Roman people. Also visit the Basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem home to an extraordinary collection of relics associated with the Passion of Our Lord, as well as a full-sized replica of the Shroud of Turin. Afterwards, visit St. John Lateran, mother of all churches and residence of the Pope prior to 1377, and the Scala Santa, the Holy Stairs that Our Lord ascended in Pontius Pilate’s palace. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (BB, D)
Day 9. Wednesday, August 3: Rome
Spend the day in Rome’s city center with visits to Ponte Sant’Angelo, the most beautiful bridge in Rome, adorned with ten angels statues created by Bernini and his students; and the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, a jewel of Baroque architecture, richly decorated with large-scale sculptures and frescoes. Afterwards, visit the Church of S. Luigi di Francesi to view Caravaggio’s paintings on the life of St. Matthew. Continue to the Church of Il Gesu, the Jesuit Mother Church and home to the largest and most ornate altar in Rome. Next, visit the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola, with its fresco Triumph of the Name of Jesus, Baciccia’s undisputed masterpiece and the most important piece of art in the Roman High Baroque style. Continue to the Pantheon, home to the largest dome ever built of concrete. Also visit the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the first Gothic church built in Rome, and home to the tombs of St. Catherine of Siena and Fra Angelico; and the Church of Sant’Agostino, which contains many works of art, including a Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary which was brought from Constantinople after the Turkish conquest. Tonight dinner is on your own. (BB)
Day 10. Thursday, August 4: Rome
Begin today’s sightseeing with a visit to Rome’s National Museum, home to one of the world’s most important collections of classical art. Continue to the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, the 17th century Baroque church famous for Bernini’s Ecstasy of St. Teresa. Afterwards, visit the Church of St. Peter in Chains to behold one of Michelangelo’s greatest sculptures, Moses, and see the actual chains with which St. Peter was bound while imprisoned. Return to the hotel for a farewell dinner and overnight. (BB, FD)
Day 11. Friday, August 5: Rome – USA
Transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for your homebound flight. (BB)
Buffet Breakfast (B), Dinner (D), Welcome Dinner (WD), Farewell Dinner (FD)
* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.
For more trip information or to register, please contact Regina Pilgrimages.