The First Post-Pandemic Pilgrimage to Italy

Maybe it won’t be the first post-pandemic pilgrimage, but it will be my first post-pandemic pilgrimage. And maybe we are not technically post-pandemic yet, but it sounds like a good name for a trip.

You may have heard me mention on Second Cup Saturday that I am putting together my first pilgrimage to Italy in sixteen months, perhaps the first pilgrimage to Italy in sixteen months.

Though we are still awaiting the official word, it looks like Italy will open to some tourists this month.

I know there are so many of you ready to be on one of those first flights to Rome, so I am leading a small group pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi beginning June 15th.

All the details are here on my website.

We are going to take things easy. Expect slow walks, long coffee breaks, relaxing meals, Aperol spritzes on sunny piazzas, and plenty of time for prayer in each place we visit.

This trip certainly isn't for everyone – definitely not for grumpy people or those unable to be joyfully flexible as travel slowly resumes here.

If it's too soon for you, or you don't want to deal with the uncertainties of being one of the first back to Europe, no worries, I've been doing this for nearly 17 years and this will be pilgrimage number 141 for me. I plan to offer many more.

The requirements to enter Italy are said to be proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery within the last six months, or a negative test taken within 48 hours before arrival.

If these dates are not good for you, please let me know what time of year is best, and I’ll get started on more departure dates.