DAY 1: ROME > LORETO
Departure by a bus from Rome Tiburtina train station (bus company “Prima Linee”). The journey is about 4 hours, on comfortable buses with complimentary water, coffee and Wi-Fi in order to make your trip pleasant. Arrival in Loreto where you will reach, on your own, your hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
DAY 2: LORETO
Breakfast in the hotel. Free day to visit the Marian cult capital. Loreto has the shape of a great gigantic sanctuary, protected by great walls and bastions built in the XVI century. The history of the “Shrine of the Holy House” begins in the XIII century with the transportation from the Holy Land of the Nazareth house where Virgin Mary lived in. This precious relic was transported in Italy after the defeat of the Christian armies, against the Islamic hordes, during the time of Crusades. The heart of the city is the Virgin Mary Square. Adorned by a beautiful baroque fountain in front of the stunning Basilica, built between the late Gothic period and the Renaissance, in order to protect the Holy House, where Mary received the Archangel Announcement, from a massive pilgrimage. The relic is inside the Basilica, under the amazing Cupola and protected with a marble screen, designed by Bramante.
Inside the Holy House, there’s a niche containing a black statue of the Virgin Mary. Don’t miss the chance to visit also the Museum- Pinacoteca where you can admire masterpieces of Lorenzo Lotto and an important collection of ceramic artworks. The museum is inside the Apostolic Palace, in the west-north side of Virgin Square. The tour can continue around Boccalini street shops, through beautiful Piazzale Loreto apses and finally enjoy a great panoramic city view from Giovanni XXIII square. Overnight in the hotel. Meals: B
DAY 3: LORETO > ROME
Breakfast in the hotel. Return to Rome on a bus. Arrival and end of services. Meals: B