The Ultimate Papal Jubilee Checklist: 10 Must-Do Experiences in Rome and Beyond.

Hey there, it’s Dylan from Europe Incoming, your trusted European DMC, welcoming you back to EI’s Insights—your prime source for all things related to European travel. As we eagerly anticipate the 2025 Papal Jubilee, a momentous occasion that draws millions of pilgrims and spiritual seekers to Rome, it’s crucial to have a well-crafted checklist to ensure your clients make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

The Papal Jubilee, also known as the Holy Year, is an extraordinary event filled with religious significance, cultural richness, and spiritual renewal. As travel agents, you have the unique opportunity to guide your clients through this transformative journey, helping them create lasting memories and deepen their faith. 

To assist you in crafting the perfect Jubilee itinerary, we’ve put together the ultimate checklist featuring 10 must-do experiences in Rome and beyond. From attending the Papal Blessing in St. Peter’s Square to exploring the ancient Christian Catacombs along the Appian Way, this checklist covers the essential highlights that will make your clients’ Jubilee pilgrimage truly unforgettable. 

So, grab a pen and paper, and let’s dive into the top 10 experiences your clients simply can’t miss during the 2025 Papal Jubilee! 

 

Vatican City, the heart of the Catholic Church, is an absolute must-visit during the Papal Jubilee. Here are three essential experiences your clients should have in this sacred city-state: 

1. Attend the Papal Blessing in St. Peter’s Square

One of the most memorable moments of the Jubilee pilgrimage is attending the Papal Blessing in St. Peter’s Square. Your clients will have the incredible opportunity to see the Pope and receive his blessing, along with thousands of other pilgrims from around the world. Be sure to secure tickets in advance and arrive early to ensure your clients get a good spot in the square.

2. Explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

The Vatican Museums house some of the world’s most precious art collections, spanning thousands of years of history. Your clients will be in awe as they wander through the galleries, admiring masterpieces by renowned artists like Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. The highlight of the museums is undoubtedly the Sistine Chapel, where your clients can marvel at Michelangelo’s breath-taking frescoes adorning the ceiling and altar wall. 

3. Marvel at the grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica

As the largest church in the world and the centre of the Catholic faith, St. Peter’s Basilica is a sight to behold. Your clients will be amazed by the sheer size and opulence of the basilica, with its soaring dome, intricate sculptures, and stunning mosaics. They can also visit the tomb of St. Peter, the first Pope, located beneath the basilica. 

When planning your clients’ Vatican City experiences, be sure to book guided tours or skip-the-line tickets to maximize their time and minimize waiting in long queues. Encourage them to dress modestly, with covered shoulders and knees, as a sign of respect in this holy place.

4. Visit the four Major Basilicas

In addition to St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome is home to three other Major Basilicas that hold great spiritual significance. These are St. John Lateran, the cathedral church of Rome; St. Mary Major, the largest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary; and St. Paul Outside the Walls, built over the tomb of St. Paul. Each basilica has its own unique history, architecture, and sacred relics, offering your clients a deeper understanding of the city’s religious heritage.

5. Discover the ancient Christian Catacombs along the Appian Way

The Appian Way, one of the oldest and most important roads in ancient Rome, is lined with fascinating historical sites, including the ancient Christian Catacombs. These underground burial chambers were used by early Christians during times of persecution and contain incredible frescoes, sculptures, and inscriptions. A visit to the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano will give your clients a glimpse into the lives and faith of the early Christian community.

6. Explore the historic Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella

Along the Appian Way, your clients will also find the impressive Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, a well-preserved ancient Roman tomb dating back to the 1st century BC. This iconic cylindrical structure offers a fascinating look at ancient Roman burial practices and architecture, set against the picturesque backdrop of the Roman countryside. 

When planning your clients’ visits to these spiritual treasures, consider arranging for guided tours or providing them with audio guides to enrich their experience. Remind them to wear comfortable shoes, as exploring these sites often involves walking on uneven surfaces and stairs. 

Rome serves as an excellent base for exploring the surrounding region’s spiritual gems. Here are three unforgettable day trips your clients can take during their Jubilee pilgrimage:

7. Walk in the footsteps of Saint Francis in Assisi

Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis, is a charming medieval town nestled in the hills of Umbria. Your clients can visit the Basilica of Saint Francis, where the saint’s tomb is located, and admire the stunning frescoes depicting his life. They can also explore the Basilica of Saint Clare and walk the same streets that Saint Francis once did, immersing themselves in the town’s peaceful and spiritual atmosphere.

8. Visit the sacred site of Cascia and the Church of Santa Rita

Cascia, a small town in the Umbrian mountains, is famous for its association with Saint Rita, the patron saint of impossible causes. Your clients can visit the Basilica of Santa Rita, where the saint’s incorrupt body is preserved, and learn about her life and miracles. They can also explore the town’s quaint streets and sample the local cuisine, including the renowned “Pane di Santa Rita” (Saint Rita’s bread).

9. Experience the papal summer residence and gardens in Castel gandolfo

Castelgandolfo, a picturesque town located in the Alban Hills, is known for being the Pope’s summer residence. Your clients can visit the Apostolic Palace and explore the beautiful Barberini Gardens, which offer stunning views of Lake Albano and the surrounding countryside. They can also attend Mass at the Church of St. Thomas of Villanova and enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the town’s charming restaurants. 

When arranging day trips for your clients, consider factors such as transportation, guided tours, and meal options. Provide them with a detailed itinerary and ensure they have comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for the specific activities and locations. 

The Papal Jubilee is not just about visiting holy sites; it’s also an opportunity for your clients to immerse themselves in the unique atmosphere of this sacred event. Here’s how they can fully embrace the Jubilee spirit:

10. Participate in special Jubilee events, pilgrimages, and spiritual encounters

Throughout the Jubilee year, Rome and other pilgrim destinations will host a variety of special events, such as liturgies, processions, and cultural performances. Encourage your clients to attend these events to deepen their understanding of the Jubilee’s significance and to connect with other pilgrims from around the world. 

Moreover, organised pilgrimages and spiritual retreats can provide your clients with a structured and meaningful way to engage with the Jubilee experience. These programs often include guided visits to holy sites, daily Mass, and opportunities for reflection and prayer. By participating in these activities, your clients can strengthen their faith and create lasting bonds with fellow pilgrims. 

Now that we’ve covered the must-do experiences, let’s discuss some practical tips to help your clients plan their Jubilee journey:

A. Booking accommodation and transportation in advance

With millions of pilgrims expected to visit Rome during the Jubilee year, it’s crucial to book accommodation and transportation well in advance. Encourage your clients to decide on their travel dates early and to secure their hotel rooms and flight or train tickets as soon as possible. This will not only guarantee availability but also help them avoid last-minute price surges. 

When selecting accommodation, consider factors such as proximity to holy sites, access to public transportation, and the specific needs of your clients (e.g., accessibility, family rooms, or dietary requirements). Be sure to provide your clients with a range of options that fit their preferences and budget. 

B. Joining guided tours or creating a personalised itinerary

Guided tours can be an excellent way for your clients to navigate the Jubilee experience, providing them with expert knowledge, skip-the-line access, and a well-planned itinerary. However, some clients may prefer a more personalized approach, allowing them to explore at their own pace and focus on the sites that interest them most. 

C. Dressing appropriately and being mindful of religious customs

When visiting religious sites during the Jubilee, your clients must dress appropriately and be respectful of religious customs. Advise them to pack modest clothing that covers their shoulders and knees, and to bring a scarf or shawl to cover their head when required. 

Remind your clients to be mindful of their behaviour in sacred spaces, speaking softly and refraining from taking photos where prohibited. Encourage them to participate in the spiritual aspects of the Jubilee, such as attending Mass or joining in prayer, to fully embrace the experience. 

By following these practical tips, your clients can ensure a smooth and meaningful Jubilee journey, allowing them to focus on the spiritual aspects of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Your Key to Unlocking Unforgettable Papal Jubilee Experiences

The 2025 Papal Jubilee is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for spiritual renewal, cultural enrichment. By offering your clients a well-planned itinerary that combines must-see sites, meaningful spiritual encounters, and practical guidance, you can help them create a Jubilee journey that will stay with them forever. Whether they choose to join a guided tour or embark on a personalised pilgrimage, your expertise and support will be invaluable in ensuring they make the most of this extraordinary occasion. 

At Europe Incoming, we are dedicated to helping you create unforgettable Jubilee experiences for your clients. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to assist you in crafting personalized itineraries, securing the best accommodation and transportation options, and providing expert guidance every step of the way. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about how we can support you in making your clients’ Jubilee dreams a reality. 

Until we meet again with more travel tips, keep discovering and stay smart. This is Dylan from Europe Incoming, saying goodbye. Safe travels and see you soon! ✈️🌍 

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