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Italy is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and, of course, home to many places of interest to Catholics. There is a certain mystique to Italy that beckons people from all over the world to its fertile valleys and bustling yet ancient cities. In addition to the obvious location of Rome, here are just a few of the hundreds of places that are popular. The number of saints that Italy has produced is so numerous that many people have never heard of some of them. And many towns and cities have annual festivals to honor their saints. You could spend a lifetime in Italy and probably not come close to seeing everything the country has to offer.

In addition to many beautiful churches you will find many Eucharistic Miracles, holy sites such as the Holy House of Loreto, and other reminders of how much Catholic history there is in this country.


























Amalfi Town:  Relics of the Apostle Andrew

Assisi:  Basilicas of Saint Francis & Saint Clare

Assisi:  Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels

Bari:  Saint Nicholas of Bari

Bergamo:  Pope John XXIII Institute

Bologna:  Saint Catherine of Bologna, Saint Dominic, Blessed Immelda Lambertini

Bovino:  Sanctuary of Our Lady of Valleverde

Brescia:  Tomb of St. Angela Merici, founder of the Ursuline Order

Camposampiero (near Padua):  Shrines to Saint Anthony

Cascia:  Saint Rita of Cascia, Eucharistic Miracle of Cascia

Castel Gandolfo:  The Pope's summer residence.

Castelpetroso:  Santuario Maria Santissima Adolorate (Marian Shrine)

Chiusdino:  Abbey of Saint Gulgano & the Sword in the Stone

Cividale del Friuli:  Our Lady's image and a wonderful small town.

Cocullo:  the Festival of the Snakes

Cortona:  Sanctuary of St. Margaret of Cortona

Cursi:  Shrine of Our Lady of Abundance

Florence:  Birthplace of the Renaissance

Foggia:  Shrine of Our Lady Mother of God

Foligno:  Blessed Angela of Foligno

Genazzano:  Our Lady of Good Counsel Shrine

Genoa:  Saint Catherine of Genoa

Genoa area:  Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Guardian

Greccio:   first Manger scene by Saint Francis    

Gubbio:  monument to Saint Francis and the wolf

Imola:  Our Lady of Piratello

L'Aquila:  tomb of Pope Celestine V

Lanciano: Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano

La Verna:  Where St. Francis received the Stigmata

Loreto: Holy House of Loreto

Manoppello:  Veronica's Veil (the Holy Face of Jesus)

Mesero:  Sanctuary of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Materdomini:  Saint Gerard's Shrine

Milan:  The Last Supper, Basilica of Saint Ambrose

Montefalco:  Saint Clare of Montefalco (Saint Clare of the Cross)

Montecassino:  Abbey of Saint Benedict

Monte Sant'Angelo:  Saint Michael's Cave

Monterchi:  Fresco of Madonna del Parto

Montichiari & Fontanelle:  Our Lady of Rosa Mystica

Mugnano del Cardinal (close to Naples): Shrine of Saint Philomena

Naples & Surrounding area:  Basilica of Naples & Blood of Saint Januarius, 
St Philomena Shrine, Sanctuary of Montevergine.

Nettuno: Saint Maria Goretti

Norcia:  Monastery of St Benedict & Monks of Norcia

Oliveto Citra:  Apparitions of Our Lady

Oropa:  One of the oldest Marian shrines in the world.

Osimo:  Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Orvieto:  Eucharistic Miracle of Orvieto

Padua:  St. Anthony of Padua 

Pavia:  Saint Augustine of Hippo

Pietrelcina:  Birthplace of Saint Padre Pio

Pompeii:  Our Lady of Pompeii & Blessed Bartolo Longo

Reggio Emilia:  Basilica Shrine of Our Lady of Ghiara

Rome, the "Eternal City":  Vatican, Saint Peter's & countless Churches & Shrines

San Giovanni Rotondo: Saint Padre Pio

SantAmbrogio di Torino: Benedictine Abbey of Saint Michael

Sansepulcro:  Magnificent art works in Tuscany

Sardinia:    Our Lady of Bonario

Sicily  Part of Italy....yet set apart  Catania:  Tomb of Saint Agatha;  Siracusa:  Basilica of Our Lady of                                                                      Tears;  Palermo:  Sanctuary of Gibilmanna

Siena:  St. Catherine of Siena, Eucharistic Miracle of Siena

Sordevolo:  The Sordevolo Passion Play

Spello:  The Festival of the Flowers

Tre Fontane:  Virgin of the Revelation (outskirts of Rome)

Tre Fontane:  Church of Saint Paul at the Three Fountains (outskirts of Rome)

Trieste:  Basilica of Our Lady of Monte Grista

Turin:  Shroud of Turin, Saint John Bosco, Blessed Pier Georgio, Saint Mary Mazzarello

Venice:  Basilica of St. Mark, Santa Maria della Salute, Santa Maria Glorioso dei Friari

Verona:  "Our Lady of the Assumption" by Titian

Vicenza: Basilica of Sts. Felice & Fortunato, Sanctuary of Monte Berico

Vicoforte:  Shrine of Our Lady

Viterbo:  Palace of the Popes & birthplace of the Conclave.

​Wherever you are, be sure to try some gelato---Italy's famous ice cream.

And...whether traveling with a group or independently, 
get out and browse when you have the chance.  

You never know what you might find in one of the 
local shops, just as these two men have.  Perhaps some 
special treats to enjoy during your trip or take back home.





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It's easier than you think.

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Buon appetito!
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