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The extraordinary life of Don Bosco
Turin, Colle Don Bosco, Chieri • 3 days tour for group • January – December
365 giorni (364 notti)
Visit the key places of Don (which in Italian means “Father”) Bosco. Becchi (now Colle Don Bosco), where he was born. Chieri, where he studied as a boy and attended seminary, and Valdocco, Turin, where he lived his life as a priest ministering to young people. Here he founded the Salesians in 1859, an Order of priests and brothers dedicated to the education of young people, named after Francis de Sales, the 16th century saint known for his meekness and gentleness. Don Bosco saw education as the key component in breaking the cycle of poverty-crime-poverty. He viewed schooling as the path to personal improvement with knock-on benefits for society at large. He called this “the Preventative System of Education.”
Experience in the places of origin of Don Bosco the atmosphere that inspired the Salesian philosophy of reason, religion and loving kindness.
HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY
- Departure information:
Check in: 1:15 pm
Departure: 1:30 pm (Return: 5 pm)
From: Turin, Piazza Carlo Felice 63, in front of the pharmacy
- I Becchi (now Colle Don Bosco – Don Bosco Hill)
The place where John Bosco was born in 1815, is a site of pilgrimage, situated on a hill near the little town of Castelnuovo Don Bosco (Asti). It includes the religious complex Basilica of Don Bosco, with the upper and the lower church, as well as the house where he lived his childhood, the little church dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians and the ethnographic museum about country life.
- Overnight in Colle Don Bosco area
HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY
- The Don Bosco Way from Castelnuovo Don Bosco to the Romanesque Abbey of Vezzolano (4 km)
The walk meanders along paths between the vineyards of the best-quality “freisa” grapes and can be done by everyone. We retrace don Bosco’s steps through the walking track that the saint did with his boys in 1861 and 1862. Vezzolano was a place much loved by John Bosco, and he often went there on foot with the young people from his “Oratory”, a term which to his mind suggested prayer and organized recreation.
- Vezzolano Abbey
The Abbey, lying among the gentle hills of Albugnano (Asti), represents a treasure of sacred Romanesque architecture in Piedmont; of particular interest is the large jube, an upper screened platform decorated with sculptures in high relief of Jesus Christ’s lineage from David to Solomon, that dates back to the gothic period.
In Chieri (Turin), Don Bosco spent the period of his training from 1831 to 1841. Those were the years of youth, school and seminary. The tour in Chieri’s historical center will focus on places lived by Don Bosco, from the home of Maloria theologian (a canon of the Collegiate of Chieri and confessor of John Bosco), to the church of St. Anthony, where he founded as a youngster the “Society of Joy” (through which, along with a number of young believers, he would try and draw his peers closer to prayer by performing conjuring tricks and acrobatics), to the church of San Filippo and the adjacent Archbishop’s Seminary (in 1835 he entered the seminary and after six years of study, he was ordained priest), to the Don Bosco Visitors’ Centre, entirely dedicated to the life of the Saint and, in particular, to the years of his youth spent in Chieri (the museum itinerary is installed in the “Stanza del sogno” – Dream room – the dormitory of the former Seminary in which the friend Luigi Comollo, who died prematurely, revealed to Don Bosco that he has been saved).
- Overnight in Turin
HIGHLIGHTS OF DAY
- The Salesian Centre of Torino Valdocco
Visit the birthplace of the Salesian Oratory: : Pinardi Chapel (here Don Bosco created the oratory where he brought its boys to pray); the Church of St. Francis of Sales (it was consecrated to support the Pinardi Chapel, that became too small for all these youngsters); Rooms of Don Bosco (here Don Bosco wrote the first rules of the Salesians); the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians (this shrine was built by Don Bosco as a monument to the Virgin Mary and spiritual centre of Salesian Congregation).
- Quota di partecipazione:
€ Group rates available on request
- Partenza da:
Entro il 31 Dicembre 2017 o oltre, fino ad esaurimento posti
LA QUOTA COMPRENDE: What is included in the tour cost
All on-tour transportation with new air-conditioned deluxe vehicles • Transport to and from start/end points of walks • 2 nights in a 3/4* hotel or in a church operated hotel in twin rooms with private bath/shower • Meals as indicated (B-breakfast; L-lunch; D-dinner) on the tour itinerary • Entrance fees and sightseeing as shown in the itinerary • Tour Director and local guides throughout the tour • All taxes
The religious complex of Colle don Bosco (Castelnuovo, Asti) • Vezzolano Abbey (Albugnano, Asti) • Don Bosco Visitors’ Centre (Chieri, Turin) • The Salesian Centre of Torino Valdocco (Turin) • Santuario della Consolata (Turin)
Tour conducted in English. Available in German, French, Spanish, Russian. Multilingual local guides
LA QUOTA NON COMPRENDE: What is not included in the tour cost
Beverages (wine, beer, bottled water or soft drinks) • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required • Other items not specifically mentioned as included • Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan (unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses) • Guide and Driver tips are left to your discretion
ESCURSIONI A PIEDI: Trekking
The trek should be within the capabilities of anyone in normal good health that is reasonably fit. The route throughout is non-technical and no special skills or equipment are required.