June 20-29, 2020


Sacred Sites: The Holy Land in the Heart of Italy

Join Mons. Timothy Verdon, Alexei Lidov and Fr. Martin Shannon, in June 2020 for a week-long study trip and retreat visiting sacred sites in Italy inspired by the Holy Land.

Christians have always felt deep reverence for the places where Jesus lived, died and rose. Medieval and Renaissance believers, for whom the Jerusalem pilgrimage was very difficult, focused their piety on reconstructions of Holy Land sites, and especially of the Lord’s Sepulchre, the mysterious origin of our Easter faith.

The Mount Tabor study tour, Sacred Sites: The Holy Land in the Heart of Italy, offers an overview of this remarkable phenomenon, with introductory lectures at Villa Via Sacra, in beautiful Barga; on-site visits in Florence (Alberti’s 15th-century Holy Sepulchre and related monuments) and Bologna (the medieval Sepulchre in Santo Stefano); as well as visits to the ‘Sacro Monte’ (Holy Mountain) of San Vivaldo, with its Life of Christ in sculpture, and to Loreto, where the Basilica contains what has been believed to be the Holy House of Nazareth, magnificently enclosed in a 16th-century carved structure begun by Bramante. The on-site visits will be accompanied by moments of shared reflection, prayer and discussion.