The Miracle Hunter  

Miracles of Italy + Padre Pio 50th Anniversary


Mariana Pisano, Unitours

Join "Miracle Hunter" Michael O'Neill for the 50th Anniversary Feast Day of St. Padre Pio!

See the St. Januarius miracle plus sites of Marian apparitions, Eucharistic miracles, incorruptible bodies and miraculous icons

In addition to being in San Giovanni Rotondo for Padre Pio's 50th anniversary and in Naples for the St. Januarius feast day blood liquefaction miracle, we will visit many places of wonders, including the sites of Church-recognized Marian apparitions (Our Lady of the Miracle to Alphonse Ratisbonne, The Virgin of Revelation, Our Lady of The Rosary of Pompeii and Our Lady of the Snows). We will see the miraculous San Damiano cross of St. Francis in Assisi, the location of the first Eucharistic miracle at Lanciano and the first known incorruptible body of a saint - St. Cecilia in Rome. We will also experience the House of Loreto, the purported Veronica Veil at Manoppello and the famed miraculous image of Our Lady of Good Counsel at Genezzano.

September 15 - 24, 2018

$3,799 from JFK and Chicago

For Information and reservations, contact Unitours, Mariana Pisano: Telephone 1-800-777-7432 - Email:

View a video with helpful information about traveling with Unitours

Round trip airfare
Breakfast and dinner per itinerary
Specially selected hotel accommodations
Air-conditioned motor coach
Full-time tour manager
Departure tax and
current fuel charge

Download the flier (PDF):

Saturday, September 15

Day 1 – DEPART USA – Today we depart our home airport to connect with our overnight flight to Rome aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in flight movies, and are served complimentary beverages, dinner and breakfast aloft.

Sunday, September 16

DAY 2 - ROME - We arrive in Rome this morning and are greeted by our Unitours tour manager who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. Time permitting we will journey straight to the Vatican to receive the blessing of Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus. We will then tour the sites of Rome, including the Roman Forum passing the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Mary Major, built according to tradition through the request of Our Lady of the Snows in an apparition to a patron and Pope Liberius in the year 358. Continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Monday, September 17

DAY 3 - VATICAN CITY/ROME - This morning we visit the Vatican museums and see the famous Sistine Chapel, marveling at the “Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo. We continue into St. Peter’s Basilica viewing the famous Pieta and the tombs of the Popes. Next, we walk the cobbled streets of Trastevere and stop for the celebration of the Mass at the 5th century church devoted to the Roman martyr Saint Cecilia.  She was the first known incorruptible saint as commemorated by the famous moving sculpture by Stefano Maderno depicting her body at its exhumation in 1599.  We enjoy some free time for lunch in one of the many trattorias. Then we continue to the Basilica di Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, a minor basilica. Inside the church we discover the Madonna of the Miracle by Domenico Bartolinil commemorating the spot where, on January 20, 1842, the Blessed Virgin Maryappeared to a young atheistic Jewish man, Maria Alphonse Ratisbonne, leading him to convert instantaneously to Catholicism and become a priest. Our final stop is the Abbey of the Tre Fontane also known as the Abbey of Saints Vincent and Anastasius, held by the Trappist monks. Apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported here on April 12, 1947 to Bruno Cornacchiola who had lost his faith. Devotion to the Virgin of Revelation was formally approved quickly by the Church that same year. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Rome.

Tuesday, September 18

DAY 4 – ROME/GENEZANNO/NAPLES – This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we leave Rome and head south to Naples. En route we stop in the little town of Genezanno, where we celebrate Mass at the 13th century Augustinian church of the Madonna del Buon Consiglio.  The devotion to Our Lady of Good Council originated here in 1467, following the mysterious appearance of the miraculous fresco. Measuring only 16” x 18”, the eggshell thin porcelain image has an astonishing history and scientifically inexplicable properties. This church itself, was built to honor for the town’s contribution to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, in Rome. At the southern end of the village, as we depart, we will notice the Nymphaeum built at the dawn of the 16th century and attributed to Donato Bramante. We continue to Naples, passing Monte Cassino, the site of the first monastery of the Benedictine order established by St. Benedict himself and location of the famous battle. As we approach Naples we will proceed to the hill of Posillipo, where we enjoy the spectacular view over the Gulf of Naples and the volcano Mt. Vesuvius.  We check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.  

Wednesday, September 19

DAY 5 – NAPLES/POMPEII - Today is the Feast of Saint Januarius (Gennaro), the patron saint and former Bishop of Naples, and is a public holiday. We will join the many devoted Neapolitan Catholics who gather to witness the miracle of Saint Januarius on the anniversary of his martyrdom. The Archbishop of Naples will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral and pray for the miracle of the liquefaction of the blood of St. Januarius', an extraordinary occurrence that has occurred regularly on Sept 19, seventeen centuries after his death. This ongoing miracle is an unexplained phenomenon.  When it doesn’t occur, Neapolitans see it as a bad omen. We hope we are present for this extraordinary happening. This afternoon, those who wish may enjoy free time in Naples and others will journey to Pompeii where we will stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, and celebrate Mass.  Since Blessed Bartolo Longo enshrined a miraculous image here, supernatural events have been recorded including the Virgin appearing as the Queen of the Rosary on March 3, 1884 to Fortuna Agrelli after she and her parents had successfully prayed for her recovery from an illness. We will also have a short tour of the ruins of Pompeii left after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Return to our hotel in Naples for dinner and overnight. 

Thursday, September 20

DAY 6 – NAPLES/ASSISI – Today before we bid farewell to Naples, we will visit the main Cathedral and celebrate Mass. Then we begin our journey to Assisi. Upon arrival we visit the Basilica and tomb of St. Francis. We will have a short walking tour of the village including a stop at the Church of St. Clare where we view the miraculous San Damiano crucifix that spoke to St. Francis.   Kneeling before it, Francis composed the following prayer, considered to be among the oldest of his writings: “All Highest, Glorious God, cast your light into the darkness of my heart….” We check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Friday, September 21 - St. Matthew

DAY 7 – ASSISI/LORETO/MONTESILVANO – After breakfast we visit the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, in lower Assisi. This Basilica encloses the enclosing the 9th century little church, the Portiuncula, the most sacred place for the Franciscans. It was here that the young Francis of Assisiunderstood his vocation and renounced the world in order to live in poverty among the poor and thus started the Franciscan movement.  We then set off towards Acona, to visit the beautiful Loreto, the site of the Santa Casa or Holy House.  Ancient tradition tells us angels carried the house of the Holy Family from Nazareth to Loreto as it was about to be destroyed by Holy Land invaders.  We continue to Montesilvano on the Adriatic. Dinner and overnight in Montesilvano.

Saturday, September 22

DDAY 8 - LANCIANO/SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO - This morning we depart early, stopping in Lanciano, and celebrating Mass. This is the site of the oldest Eucharistic Miracle certified by the Church. After almost eight centuries the Body and the Blood the miracle continues. We continue south to San Giovanni Rotondo, where we visit the tomb of Saint Padre Pio and visit the sanctuary. We will see the crucifix, where St. Pio received the stigmata.  This evening we have the option of joining the procession to honor Padre Pio on his anniversary. After dinner at our hotel, we return to the Pilgrimage Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Mass will be celebrated by the Minister General of the Order of the Friars. There will be a procession of the statue of St. Pio and his relics. The procession will conclude at 2:30 a.m., marking the time of St. Pio’s death. We return to our hotel nearby for overnight.

Sunday, September 23

DAY 9 - SAN GIOVANNI/SUBIACO/ROME – We will celebrate Mass today in San Giovanni Rotondo before we return to Rome. En route to Rome, we will also stop in Manopello at the Santuario del Volto Santo, part of a monastery belonging to the Capuchin monks, to see the famous thin veil of byssus thought by some to be the mysterious and legendary Veil of Veronica.  We continue to Rome where we enjoy our farewell dinner in a local restaurant.  Overnight at our hotel in Rome.

Monday, September 24

DAY 10 – USA - This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to the U.S. arriving the same day.

facebooktwitterrssyoutube Contact The Miracle Hunter





© Copyright 2015,
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy > Legal > is the best resource for miracles on the web. The site includes approval lists, visionary biographies, detailed apparition summaries, messages, official Church statements and a photo gallery.