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Passion Play of Sordevolo and Shroud of Turin


9 Days / 7 Nights, (June – September 2015 and 2020)


Since the early 1800’s residents of the tiny hamlet of Sordevolo in northwest Italy’s Biella province – with a population around 1,200 – have joined together to stage its own grand production of the Passion of Christ. Similar to Oberammergau in Germany, this moving production called “La Passione” or the Passion Play of Sordevolo represents the final days of Christ on earth and is performed every five years with the next events scheduled for June-September in 2015 and then in 2020. According to local lore, villagers made a vow in 1634 to perform a passion play here in perpetuity because their town was spared the ravages of the plague. Also, visit nearby sanctuaries including Sacro Monte di Oropa, one of the nine Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Travel to Turin to view the Cathedral and museum of the Holy Shroud followed by Lake Maggiore, one of Italy’s famous Northern Lakes, and to Milan to see Sforzesco Castle and Duomo, Milan’s famous Cathedral. Below is a sample itinerary. Or, we can customize an itinerary for your specific group.


(plus another seven nearby) create a devotional path. Inside each chapel are scenes of the Virgin Mary’s life. The path culminates on top of the hill with the Crowning of Mary. After, visit the sanctu- ary, at the old Basilica then an early dinner at the local restaurant in Oropa. Overnight in Sordevolo. (B,D)


Scene from the Passion Play


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: DEPART USA Depart for your overnight flight.


DAY 2: MILAN / SORDEVOLO Upon arrival, meet your Homeric Tours representa- tive and transfer to your hotel or Sanctuary on the outskirts of Sordevolo. The balance of the day is at leisure. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)


DAY 3: SORDEVOLO (PERFORMANCE DATE) Morning tour of Piedmont’s countryside and the historical center of Sordevolo, including the church and museum of Santa Marta. Sordevolo is the village where, every 5 years, the Passion Play is performed, with all the actors being local village people. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in Sordevolo before we attend this remarkable performance of ‘The Passion of Christ.’ (B,D)


DAY 4: SORDEVOLO (GRAGLIA / OROPA) After breakfast onto Santuario Santa Maria di Loreto in Graglia, located 2,664 feet above sea level with panoramic views of the Elva Valley. See the statue of the Black Madonna of Loreto. Continue to the Sacro Monte di Oropa, one of the nine Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy and is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The 12 chapels


DAY 5: SORDEVOLO / TURIN After breakfast depart for Turin. Explore the city’s monuments and Piazza Castello. The highlight of the day will be the Cathedral and museum of the Holy Shroud, whose last public display was April- May 2010. Time at leisure to shop and explore on your own. Afternoon, return to your hotel and enjoy dinner at a lively restaurant. (B,D)


DAY 6: TURIN After breakfast a full day at leisure to relax or discover more of the city on your own. Optional activities and tours will be available to enhance your travel experience. Dinner at hotel this evening. (B,D)


DAY 7: TURIN / LAKE MAGGIORE Breakfast, then depart for Lake Maggiore, Italy’s famous Northern Lakes. In Stresa, enjoy stunning


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – Milan


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach


• English-speaking Homeric Tour manager throughout


• Your choice of 4, 5 or Sanctuary accommodations • 7 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast and dinner daily • 6 Days of sightseeing • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group.


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views of Lake Maggiore. an optional cruise of the islands, including the beautiful Borromean Palace and Gardens is available. Check in to your hotel on Lake Maggiore. Dinner at your hotel. (B,D)


DAY 8: LAKE MAGGIORE (MILAN) Morning exploration the vibrant city of Milan with a guided tour that includes Sforzesco Castle and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Your tour will end at the Duomo, Milan’s famous Cathedral. Time permiting shop in Milan, home to some of the most famous and beautiful boutiques. In the after- noon, return to Lake Maggiore for your overnight stay. Dinner is at the hotel. (B,D)


DAY 9: LAKE MAGGIORE / MILAN TO USA Morning transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport for your return flight home. (B)


CALENDAR OF PERFORMANCES FOR 2015; ASK FOR 2020 PERFORMANCE DATES JUNE 2015


JULY 2015


Sat. Jun 13, 9:30pm Fri. Jun 19, 9:30pm Sat. Jun 20, 9:30pm Sun. Jun 21, 4:30pm Fri. Jun 26, 9:30pm Sat. Jun 27, 9:30pm Sun. Jun 28, 4:30pm


Fri. Jul 03, 9:30pm Sat. Jul 04, 9:30pm Fri. Jul 10, 9:30pm Sat. Jul 11, 9:30pm Tue. Jul 14, 9:30pm Fri. Jul 17, 9:30pm Sat. Jul 18, 9:30pm Sun. Jul 19, 4:30pm Fri. Jul 24, 9:30pm Sat. Jul 25, 9:30pm Fri. Jul 31, 9:30pm Sun. Sep 27, 4:00pm


*Play performed by children on this day. 5 AUGUST 2015


Sat. Aug 01, 9:00pm Fri. Aug 07, 9:00pm Sat. Aug 08, 9:00pm Fri. Aug 14, 9:00pm Sat. Aug 15, 9:00pm Fri. Aug 21, 9:00pm Sat. Aug 22, 9:00pm Fri. Aug 28, 9:00pm Sat. Aug 29, 9:00pm Sun. Aug 30,* 4:30pm


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SEPTEMBER 2015


Fri. Sep 4, 9:00pm Sat. Sep 5, 9:00pm Fri. Sep 11,* 8:30pm Sat. Sep 12, 9:00pm Sun. Sep 13, 4:00pm Fri. Sep 18,* 10:00am Fri. Sep 18, 9:00pm Sat. Sep 19, 9:00pm Sun. Sep 20, 4:00pm Fri. Sep 25, 9:00pm Sat. Sep 26, 9:00pm


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