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Discover Rome with all your soul

Visit Rome with the CARF Foundation, and you will discover it from a different perspective, we are launching the 2023 edition!

Discover Rome from another perspective.

Very close to St. Peter's Square, you will live an unforgettable experience staying just a few meters from where the Holy Father Francis lives and works.

Hotels where we will be staying:

Hotel assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rome with accommodation at the Vatican.
Breakfast, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included.
October 17 to 22, 2023.
Do you want to live an unforgettable experience?

Audience with Pope Francis

Public audience with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, the traditional one every Wednesday. The pope walks through the square to greet the pilgrims from an open vehicle. Then, during the meeting there are readings and songs, and the Holy Father gives his blessing to the attendees at the end of the meeting.

Visit to the Sant'Angelo Castle

This castle of the Roman capital is remembered because it was the tomb mausoleum of the emperor Hadrian. It also served as a fortress and prison for the papal residence throughout history. It is impressive that its origin dates back to 135 AD.

Visit to the Vatican museums and gardens

From the impressive Sistine Chapel, site of the conclaves, enjoying the Bramante staircase or the rooms of Raphael, to the Gallery of Maps, the Picture Gallery, the Pio-Clementine Museum, the Gallery of Tapestries or the Gregorian-Egyptian Museum, the Etruscan Museum, the Pavilion of Chariots, all explained by an expert guide and without having to wait in line to enter. Caravaggio, Leonardo, Giotto, Fra Angelico, Raphael, Dali, Kandinsky, Picasso, Matisse, Chillida, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bacon, Chagall are some of the great names of art contained there. Walk through the gardens.

Baroque Rome

A tour divided in two days to visit the most famous squares of the city (Navona, Spagna, Popolo, etc.). Accompanied by an expert guide, we will learn about the most important anecdotes and stories of central Rome and we will also visit the churches in the area: St. Louis, St. Ignatius, Andrea la Valle, Ara Pacis, Pantheon, etc.

Visit to Villa Tevere

The central headquarters of Opus Dei, where St. Mary of Peace is found: 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 under the church, Blessed Álvaro del Portillo and Don 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 an intimate meeting with Bishop Fernando Ocáriz, current prelate of Opus Dei and grand chancellor of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

The formation of priests and the CARF Foundation

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 and their stories in three activities:

  1. Pontifical University of the Holy Cross: on Friday we will attend two conferences and share lunch with 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. Altomonte Priests' Residence: on Sunday morning, before the Angelus in St. Peter's Square, we will visit this residence and celebrate Holy Mass concelebrated by all the resident priests.


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

13:15 h. Arrival at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez airport for check-in and boarding to Rome.

15:45 h. Departure of Iberia flight IB236 with destination Rome Fiumicino.

18:20 h. Arrival in Rome and transfer to the hotel.

Free time and dinner.

Tomorrow. Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure on foot to St. Peter's Square to attend the public audience with Pope Francis. Visit to St. Peter's Square and St. Peter's Basilica. Holy Mass in San Lorenzo in Pisicibus. Visit Castel Sant'Angelo. Lunch in the area of Piazza Navona.

Afternoon. Baroque Rome: Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo and Trevi Fountain.

Return to the hotel. Dinner at leisure.

Tomorrow. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure on foot to the Vatican to visit the Gardens and Museums with the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Lunch in the St. Peter's area.

Afternoon. Continuation on foot and visit of the other most relevant part of Baroque Rome: Ara Pacis, Pantheon; churches of St. Louis of the French, St. Ignatius, Andrea la Valle (celebration of the Holy Mass) and the Gesù.

Return to the hotel. Dinner at leisure.

7:45 h. 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 International Meeting.

  • Presentation by Rev. Prof. Luis Navarro, Rector of the University.
  • First presentation.
  • Coffee Break.
  • Second presentation.
  • Luis Alberto Rosales, General Director of the CARF Foundation, closed the event.

18:00 h. Panoramic tour of Imperial Rome by coach with photo stop outside the Colosseum, Trajan's Column, etc.

Return to the hotel. Dinner at leisure.

09:00 h. Breakfast at the hotel.

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

11:30 h. Holy Mass.

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

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

14:00 h. Gathering 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 a charming restaurant.

08:00 h. Breakfast and check out.

08:30 h. Transfer by bus with luggage.

09:00 h. Holy Mass at the Altomonte Priestly College, visit to the facilities and get-together.

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

13:00 h. Meet at the meeting point for the bus transfer to the airport.

14:00 h. Check-in and boarding, bound for Madrid.

Iberia return flight IB3237, Rome-Madrid, departure at 16:15 h. and arrival at 18:55 h.

Travel information

Departures from Madrid. All seats are sold out.

October 17 to 22, 2023.

  • Price/person, for 50 people, 1,405 €.
  • Supplement per room for single use: 435 €.
  • Compulsory insurance: 38 € per person. No cancellation fees until September 4.
  • Reservation and deposit of 600 € mandatory with the registration form and receipt of the transfer. Rest of the payment, before September 30.

The price includes:

  • Roundtrip flights with taxes included with baggage allowance 23 kg. and 1 carry-on item.
  • Transfers to and from the airport and during the trip by private bus.
  • Lodging and breakfast in a four-star hotel, four meals and a farewell dinner.
  • Entrance fees for visits and monuments, with coordinator and Spanish guide with headphones.
  • Basic travel insurance, with the possibility of extending coverage.

The price does not include:

  • Second beverages at lunch/dinner (sparkling water, wine, soft drinks, etc.).
  • Entrance fees to sites not mentioned in the program.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Local tourist taxes of the Municipality of Rome (30 €).
  • Nothing that does not appear in the section includes.
  • Departures to Rome from other cities, please consult.

More information:

  • Method of payment: Deposit in IBERCAJA account of the CARF Foundation - ES75 2085 9513 7103 3034 5348.
  • The minimum validity of the documentation: valid ID card.
  • Without the bank transfer, your registration has no value as a place reservation. As each pilgrim pays, his or her trip is assured until the maximum number of places is reached.
  • For any questions regarding the trip: flights, accommodation, special circumstances, etc., please contact José Carlos de Nicolás from Ideatur ([email protected] and telephone: +34 91 401 50 00).
Places are full. If you wish to get on the waiting list, please write to [email protected] with the subject: WAITING LIST ROME