Rome Trip - more information

Flights/travel: 

  • We will not be making arrangements for your flights on this trip.
  • Touring information: In this trip we encounter some of the great saints who have shaped Western Christianity. We begin in Rome, with six nights in Albano and travel into the Eternal City where we focus on the city’s patron saints, St. Peter and St. Paul. A comprehensive programme of sightseeing is included featuring the major sites of ancient and imperial Rome.
  • Passports & visas: A visa is not required by British and EU passport holders, but please do check that your passport is not out of date. If you are holding a passport from a non-EU country let us know and we will check whether a visa is required. 
  • Travel insurance: We will not be making arrangements for your travel insurance on this trip.
  • Don't forget to submit your travel arrangements here.

Cuisine:

Three meals a day for the full duration of the trip are included in your fee. This will include a sit down dinner every night, sometimes in our accommodation at the SSPX priory in Albano and sometimes in a local restaurant, a packed lunch, and either breakfast at our accommodation or packed breakfast (depending on the exact itinerary for that day). We can accommodate all reasonable dietary requirements, so long as you notify us when signing up via the online form.

Accomodation:

We will be staying at the SSPX priory in Albano, which is about a 40 minute train ride from Rome Termini station. Train fares each day into Rome are included in your fee. Accommodation will be in shared single sex rooms. Double rooms for married couples both travelling can be provided, so long as we are notified via the sign up form. Accommodation at SSPX Retreat House in Albano (begins with the evening of 12th, finishing with the morning of 19th June 2023).

Health issues:

It is the responsibility of every participant to manage their own health issues whilst on the trip. Please let us know via the online sign up form if there is anything the organisers should be aware of, but you must ensure you bring everything you might need for any condition with you (e.g. inhalers and epi pens). A full itinerary will be made available in advance of the trip, but it will include moderate exercise (such as various walks) so participants should all be in reasonable levels of health in order to be able to participate fully.

Deposit policy:

A deposit of €80 or £75 (depending on whether you are paying in EUR or GBP) is payable by 1st February 2023. The balance of the trip (an extra €350 or £295) is due in full before 1st June 2023. Your deposit is refundable if you cancel prior to 1st April 2023, but is non refundable for cancellations after this date. This is because we need to make group bookings for various sites in Rome, which requires us to make payment ahead of time for some things.

Cancellation policy:

If you cancel before 1st April 2023, we will refund any money you have paid us once we receive your bank details. Any cancellations on or after this date will incur a fee equal to the deposit paid (€80/£75). This is because we will have had to book group tickets in advance for some things, so you would not be able to get a refund for the deposit. All cancellations should be made here. Make sure you provide your bank details otherwise you may forfeit your refund.

What to bring:

  • Rome in June will be experiencing strong sun and temperatures ranging from mid 20ºC to mid 30ºC, so pack accordingly and don’t underestimate the summer sun! 
  • Suncream (preferably with a high factor).
  • Sunhat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Water bottle (water is expensive to buy).
  • Rucksack.
  • Light, loose clothes (preferably with more material that will protect you from sunburn).
  • Suitable clothes and head coverings for churches.
  • Comfortable sturdy shoes for city walking (well broken in).
  • Euros is the currency in Italy.

Safety: 

  • Rome has a high rate of pickpockets and scammers. As long as you use common sense about where you are and who you interact with though, you’ll stay safe. 
  • It’s advisable to bring a pouch or belt bag that sits discreetly under your clothes to keep money in.
  • Phone for staying in touch with the rest of the group. Consider bringing a power pack if your phone loses charge quickly.
  • You’ll also want it to have your camera.
  • Don’t bring expensive jewellery.
  • Leave passports and documents behind at the accommodation.
  • Do not engage with groups of children, beggars, or anyone offering tourist information, photo ops (including people dressed up to have photos taken with), queue skipping or “special tours”. There’s a lot of poverty but almsgiving is safest and most profitable donated through a registered charity.

Covid 19

Due to the rapid change of regulations, we advise you to consult the 'Foreign Travel Advice' webpage here.

Itinerary:

More details to come