We invite you to join us as we explore the regions of Tuscany and Veneto in the spring of 2020. We will reflect on the lives of some of the great Italian saints, experience the masterworks of Florence, and explore the intersection of cultures in Venice. We will celebrate daily Mass in historic churches and join in prayer with fellow travelers. We invite you to review the itinerary for further details.

Academic Lead

Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P.,  from the Universität Regensburg and an associate member of DFG Research Group Metropolität in der Vormoderne


Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., Executive Director, Dominican Foundation and Director, Rosary Shrine of St. Jude

Fr. Patrick Moses, Rector of Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, CA.


Click here to view the itinerary: Itinerary: April 26 – May 4, 2020 


  • Private tours of art museums and churches
  • Travel with a chaplain for daily Mass and confession
  • Reflections on the life of St. Catherine of Siena and Mass in the Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico in Siena
  • Hot air balloon ride over the hills of Tuscany
  • Visit to the beautiful hill town of San Gimignano
  • Private lunch and wine experience at Fumanelli Vineyards, north of Verona
  • 5 nights at Baglioni Relais Santa Croce in Florence, in walking distance of many historic churches, museums and sights
  • 3 nights on a private island in Venice at the San Clemente Palace Kempinski


Annual Rector’s Dinner in Rome

Before the Napa Institute trip, the Pontifical North American College is holding its Annual Rector’s Dinner in Rome on April 23. Any participants of the trip who will be in Rome before our trip are invited to be our guests at the dinner. Please note that the dinner takes place 3 days before the Napa Institute Experience begins in Florence, on April 26.



  • Eight (8) nights’ accommodations at 5 star Hotels (5 nights in Florence & 3 nights in Venice)
  • All Meals and beverages, beginning with dinner on April 26th and ending with breakfast on Monday, May 4.
  • Luxury motor coach for specified sightseeing
  • Tour manager
  • Local guides according to the itinerary
  • Special and customized sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Daily Mass in unique and historical churches (all locations are tentative and subject to confirmation)
  • Round-trip private airport transfers
  • Hotel & city taxes



Florence: April 26 – May 1, Baglioni Relais Santa Croce, Via Ghibellina, 87, 50122 Firenze Fl, Italy

Venice: May 1 – 4, San Clemente Palace Kempisnki, Isola di San Clemente, 1, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy



Tour price is $8,900 per person. (There is a single supplement of $1,800  for solo travelers.) The trip is sold land only.



For questions regarding registration or to receive a registration form, please email us at events@napa-institute.org.