Discover the Mystery of the Shroud
Travel in the footsteps of medieval Pilgrims to see the holy shroud of Turin
This spring travel to Turin, one of Italy’s most fascinating cities, for a rare view of an ancient cloth believed to have held the body Jesus Christ after his crucifixion. The Shroud of Turin- which drew over a million visitors at its last viewing in 2010- will be on display at the Cathedral of Turin from April 19- June 24. 2015. Pope Francis is expected to visit the shroud on June 21 2015.
Long an object of fascination and debate among theologians and scientists, the linen cloth measures 14 by 4 and bears markings that some say correspond to the wounds of Jesus. The Vatican has not officially recognized the shroud as genuine, but neither has it discouraged popular devotion.
The 2015 exhibition also marks the bicentennial of John Bosco’s birth. Bosco, a nineteenth century priest and educator, is revered for his work with troubled adolescents in Turin. Those seeking spiritual inspiration may want to visit Bosco’s shrine, located 21 miles from Turin, or take a stroll down Via Francigena, home of monasteries, abbeys and churches that once were a stopping off point for medieval pilgrims on their way to Rome.
Turin, the headquarters of Fiat, also has much to offer in way of culinary and historical treasures. Visit the Piazza Castello, home to the royal palace that was once the seat of the House of Savoy, the royal dynasty who ruled in Italy from 1861 till the end of WWII; visit the imposing Egyptology Museum, experience exceptional wines at a local winery; or enjoy a meal at one of the many trattorie and restaurants of the city.
While visits to the exhibit are free, reservations are mandatory to regulate the large crowds that are expected. Donna Franca Tours will be happy to arrange for tickets to this venue in conjunction with any air and land package arrangement to Italy. Early reservations are strongly recommended.