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Pilgrim to the heart
of Christianity

Come to Rome with the CARF Foundation and discover it from another perspective.

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Discover Rome from another perspective

Very close to St. Peter's Square, a charming residence will house the pilgrims. All of them will live an unforgettable experience staying just a few meters from where the Holy Father Francis lives and works.

Rome: accommodation at the Vatican

Breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner

October 17 to 22, 2023

Do you want to live an unforgettable experience?

Pope Francis-Rome - Vatican - Pilgrimages and religious trips with CARF

Audience with Pope Francis

Public audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square.

During the audience, readings and hymns are given and the Pope distributes his blessing among the attendees.

Vatican Necropolis - Rome - Vatican - Pilgrimages and religious tours with CARF Vaticano

Visit to the Vatican Necropolis
(Scavi Vatican)

This impressive necropolis, located under the Basilica, and where the tomb of St. Peter is located, will be one of the highlights of the trip to Rome.

It is extremely restricted for conservation reasons, but CARF has secured access for participants.

A 90-minute tour, which will be conducted with an English-speaking guide.

Colosseum - Rome - Vatican - Religious pilgrimages and tours with CARF - Vatican

Visit to Castel Gandolfo

The Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, Palazzo Apostolico di Castel Gandolfo, in Italian, coexists with green Italian-style gardens and other pontifical buildings - such as the Villa Barberini or the Villa Cybo -, totaling 55 hectares in area. All these spaces can be visited as a museum, since Pope Francis decided to open them to the public in 2016, after centuries of uninterrupted private use by a total of 15 popes.

Affectionately referred to as "Vatican number two" by Pope John Paul II, the pontifical summer residence of Castel Gandolfo is both a jewel of Rome's history and a great unknown.

Piazza Navona - Piazza Navona - Rome - Vatican - Pilgrimages and Religious Tours with CARF - Vatican

Dinner in Piazza Navona

Among the activities planned is an unforgettable dinner on the terrace of a legendary restaurant in Piazza Navona.

Piazza Navona, in Italian, is one of the most prominent urban spaces in Rome, which brings together sculptures, fountains and buildings of great artistic value and is a center of social, cultural and tourist life of the city. This space has been an important site since Ancient Rome, where a stadium was erected for sports competitions and gladiatorial combats.

Villa Tevere - Rome - Vatican - Pilgrimages and religious tours with CARF - Vatican

Visit to Villa Tevere

The central headquarters of Opus Dei, where St. Mary of Peace is located: the Marian invocation to which the prelatic church of Opus Dei in Rome is dedicated. In its main altar lie the sacred remains of St. Josemaría Escrivá, its founder. In a small crypt beneath the church, Blessed Álvaro del Portillo and Javier Echevarría, the first and second successors of St. Josemaría.

In addition to visiting this emblematic place, you will have a unique opportunity to participate in a meeting with Bishop Fernando Ocáriz, current prelate of Opus Dei and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Priestly formation in Rome - Rome - Vatican - Pilgrimages and religious trips with CARF - Vatican

CARF and the formation of priests

Hundreds of priests and seminarians from all corners of the world, from every corner of the world, are priestly formation in Rome. We will have the opportunity to meet them in three specific activities:

  1. Pontifical University of the Holy Cross: on Friday we will attend two magnificent conferences and share lunch with the students and professors.
  2. Sedes Sapientiae Seminary: on Saturday we will visit the almost 100 seminarians of this center, sharing with them the Holy Mass, lunch and social gatherings.
  3. Tiberino Priestly Residence: on Sunday morning, before the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, we will visit this residence and hear Holy Mass with the resident priests.


Make your next pilgrimage trip with careful planning. Time to pray, time to walk, time to enjoy.

Do you want to live an unforgettable experience?

Day 1: Flight to Rome

12:30 h. Arrival at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez airport for check-in and boarding formalities, with destination Rome.

15:00 h. Departure of Air Europa flight UX1047 with destination Rome Fiumicino.

17:25 h. Arrival in Rome and transfer to the Hotel Palazzo Cardinal Cesi and Paul VI.

Free time and dinner.

Day 2: St. Peter's Basilica - Audience with the Pope - Rome

6:00 h. Breakfast at the hotel.

7:00 h.  Departure on foot to St. Peter's Square to attend the Public Audience with Pope Francis.

11:00 h. Visit to St. Peter's Basilica.

12:00 h. Lunch at a restaurant to be determined.

14:00 h. Access to the Scavi Vatican.

16:30 h. Visit of the Vatican Gardens.

Return to the hotel. Dinner at leisure.

Day 3: Rome - Castel Gandolfo

7:15 h. Breakfast at the hotel.

8:00 h. Departure to Castel Gandolfo to visit the Pontifical Residence, the Apostolic Palace and the gardens.

14:00 h. Lunch at local restaurant.

16:00 h. Return to Rome. Visit of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, Baptistery, Scala Santa and Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.

Return to the hotel. Dinner at leisure.

Day 4: Villa Tevere - Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

Tomorrow. Breakfast.
8:15 h. Pick up by bus and transfer to Villa Tevere, headquarters of Opus Dei.

9:30 h. Holy Mass in the Prelatic Church of St. Mary of Peace.

10:30 h. Tertulia with Msgr. Fernando Ocáriz, Prelate of Opus Dei and Chancellor of the University.

11:30 h. Transfer to the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

12:00 h. Views of Rome from the terrace of the University and family photo.

13:00 h. Lunch at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in the company of students and professors.

15:30 h. Beginning of the activities of the Encounter.
Presentation: by Rev. Prof. Luis Navarro. Rector of the University.

First lecture: "Understanding and transmitting the Pope's message", by Mr. Antonio Olivié.

Coffee Break.

Second presentation: "Transparency and secrecy in the Church: the challenge of gaining in openness while protecting confidentiality", by Mr. Jordi Pujol.

Closing ceremony: Mr. Luis Alberto Rosales, General Director of CARF.

18:00 h. Free time and dinner.

Day 5: International Ecclesiastical College Sedes Sapientiae - Trastevere

Tomorrow. Breakfast at the hotel.

10:30 h. Transfer by bus to the International Ecclesiastical College Sedes Sapientiae.

11:30 h. Holy Mass at the school.

12:30 h. Tour of the school and family photo.

13:00 h. Lunch at the college in the company of formators and seminarians from more than 20 countries.

14:00 h. Tertulia with the Rector and testimonies of seminarians.


17:00 h. Free walk in Trastevere, on the west bank of the Tiber and famous for its colorful and medieval houses.

20:00 h. Farewell dinner meeting at the restaurant on the terrace of the Tre Scalini restaurant in Piazza Navona (Piazza Navona, 3). At the end, return to the hotel by bus.

Day 6: Tiberius Priestly College - Return

Tomorrow. Breakfast at the hotel.

08:30 h. Transfer by bus with luggage.

09:00 h. Holy Mass at the Tiberino Priestly College, visit to the facilities and end of the activities.

11:00 h. Transfer by bus to St. Peter's Square to attend the Angelus prayer with Pope Francis.

12:15 h. Free time and lunch.


14:00h. Meet at the meeting point for transfer by bus to the airport.

Check-in and boarding, bound for Madrid.

Air Europa return flight, UX1048 Rome-Madrid, departure at 6:55 p.m. and arrival at 9:30 p.m. (Flight time updated by Air Europa on 09/27/2022).

Travel information

Pending to close with the travel agency prices for October 2023. 
Departures from Madrid. Other cities please consult.
Limited seating. 
Price 2022 per person in standard double room: 1,470 €.
Price 2022 per person in superior double room: 1,570 €.
Supplement 2022 per room for single use: 295 €.
Insurance 2022: 51 € per person.

The 2022 price includes:

  • Roundtrip flights with taxes included with free baggage allowance 20 kg. and 1 carry-on item.
  • Transfers to and from the airport and during the trip by private bus.
  • Lodging and breakfast at the hotel, four lunches and one dinner.
  • Entrance fees to visits and monuments, with Spanish-speaking guide and coordinator.
  • Basic travel insurance, with the possibility of extending coverage, consult for more information.

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