Philly Frassati Pilgrimage
Join Philly Frassati on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage, with Creatio Experiences, where we will literally walk in the footsteps of Pier Giorgio Frassati! Join us as we hike the mountains he hiked, pray in the churches where he prayed, and serve in the streets he served on. Come behold the adventure that awaits!
Dates: August 14th - August 22nd, 2021
Total Cost: $1650 + flight to and from Milan
Included: All meals, lodging, transportation in Italy, formation and more!
Day 1 (August 14, 2021) Milan, Italy / Pollone, Biella, Italy
Creatio will meet Philly Frassati at the airport in Milan (MXP) Malpensa Airport (see arriving to Italy section on website) from there we will drive to Pollone, Italy.
Includes: On the ground transportation, dinner & accommodations.
Day 2-4 (August 15, 2021 - August 17, 2021) Pollone, Biella, Italy
Pollone, Italy is where Pier Giorgio would spend his summers. We will spend the next few days literally walking in his footsteps - hiking where he did, seeing his family home, and praying at the chapels he would. Stay in the Santuario di Oropa, "the Shrine between earth and sky". The group will hike one of Frassati's favorite mountains, Monte Mucrone, which is now dedicated to the Blessed.
Note that this is a moderate - difficult hike.
Includes: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, accommodations, guided hikes & ground transportation.
Days 5-7 (August 18, 2021 - August 19, 2021) Valle d'Aosta, Italy
The morning of August 18th we will drive through northwest Italy to Saint Rhemy, Valle d'Aosta for the next part of our pilgrimage. A two-hour hike will take us to the Rifugio Pier Giorgio Frassati, which will be our home base for the next two nights. From the Rifugio, we will have time for hiking, rest, daily Mass, and community time nestled in the Alps. A short hike away are views of Mont Blanc and other Swiss peaks.
Includes: Breakfast and dinner provided by the Rifugio (local cuisine), lunch, accommodations, options for guided hikes & ground transportation.
Days 8-9 (August 20,2021 - August 21, 2021) Turin, Italy
In Bl. Frassati's hometown of Turin, you will be able to visit his tomb, where the Shroud of Turin is also located, as well as other locations significant to his life. Also get to know St. Don Bosco, as we will stay at Valdocco, the parish and surrounding village, founded by Don Bosco himself. You will have time to explore the city and try some amazing food and drink. And before you head back home, debrief the Experience with your new pilgrim family.
Includes: All breakfast, lunch & dinners, accommodations, guided tour of the Basilica Maria Ausiliatrice, Celebratory Final Dinner & ground transportation.
Day 9 (August 22, 2021) Fly home from Milan
On the final morning, the group will say goodbye to Turin and drive to Milan. In under two hours, we will arrive at Milan's Malpensa Airport (MXP). Here is when the Pilgrimage Experience officially ends.
Includes: Breakfast & ground transportation to MXP airport.
Excludes: International flights; Other travel or tourism arrangements.