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Due to the novel coronavirus this trip has been cancelled.

You are invited to join the Illinois Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums as we continue our journey of “Faith, Art and Architecture” in the Eternal City of Rome in 2020.  The dates of the trip are April 18-25, 2020.  Reverend Ed Grace and Donna Nelson Stride will lead our group along with board members and fellow travelers.

Please click the link below for Tour Highlights of this Trip:

Rome 2020 Flyer

The cost of the trip is $5,950 per person based on single occupancy and $4,950 per person based on double occupancy ($9,900 total).  The price is inclusive of hotel accommodations, local transportation, airport transfers, guides and one meal per day in addition to the daily breakfast.  In order to reserve space on this trip, a $1,500 non-refundable deposit per person is required by November 15, 2019.  The final payment will be due on February 1, 2020.  In order to maintain our costs, we are unable to accept online or credit card payments for this trip.  Space is limited, and we will honor reservations as they are received in our office.  Please click the two links below and sign and return the forms (one for each traveler) along with your deposit.   Please note that travel insurance is recommended.

Spring is a lovely time to travel in Italy.  The climate should be moderate with a chance of rain.  The trip may include activities that require standing for long periods of time and a great deal of walking on cobblestones and slippery stone pavements.  There is a minimum of handicapped accessibility in Rome.  We strong encourage all travelers to purchase traveler’s insurance.

All of our Rome trips are designed exclusively for members.  If you are not yet a member and are considering traveling with us in 2020, your membership dues are required and should be paid by February 1, 2020.  If you are a current member and your dues are in arrears, please make sure your membership is up to date by February 1, 2020.

If you should have any questions regarding this trip, please do not hesitate to contact Donna Stride Nelson by phone, (312) 510-2135, or email,; or Denise Molitsky by phone, (312) 534-5351, or email,

We hope you consider traveling with the Illinois Patrons to create memories of a lifetime and to support the Patrons’ mission and commitment to the arts.




April 18, 2020
April 25, 2020
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