You are invited to join the New York Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums on a Pilgrimage to Unveil the Beauty of Italy in 2022. The New York Chapter will be joining with the Illinois and New England Chapters on October 10 through 16, 2022, with an optional extension trip to Florence on October 16 through 20, 2022. Please note, that all trip reservations are being handled through Corporate Travel. Please click the image below for the highlights of the pilgrimage and links to make your reservations through Corporate Travel.

The cost of the main trip is $7,499.00 per person (single) or $5,999.00 per person based on double occupancy ($11,998.00 total). The price is inclusive of hotel accommodations, local transportation, guides and one meal per day in addition to the daily breakfast. This trip does not include airfare.

The optional Florence extension is an additional $4,099.00 per person (single) or $3,499.00 based on double occupancy ($6,998.00 total).

The prices listed above are for all who reserve their space and choose to pay by cash or check. A $1,000.00 per person deposit is initially due (travel insurance protection option is also provided at the time of booking). Bookings after February 15, 2022, will incur an additional $200.00. A second payment of $2,500.00 per person will be due on May 13, 2022, and the final payment will be due on or before July 27, 2022. Please note the deposit is an online payment; and, in order to receive the cash discount, the following payments will need to be made by cash or check.

All of our Rome trips are designed exclusively for members and include touring areas of the Vatican Museums not accessible to the public (private tour of the Sistine Chapel, visit to the restoration labs, and a private gala dinner in the Vatican Museums). If you are not yet a member and are considering traveling with us in 2022, your membership dues are required at the time of booking (dues paid to the New York Chapter). If you are a current member and your dues are in arrears, please make sure your membership is up to date.

If you have any questions regarding this trip, please do not hesitate to contact Donna D’Urso by phone, (914) 262-5889, or by email, We hope you consider traveling with the New York Patrons to create memories of a lifetime and to support the Patrons’ mission and commitment to the arts.

We mourn the passing of our beloved Chapter President, Mrs. Lee Romanelli.

Lee Romanelli - RIP

It is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums mourn the loss of our beloved President, Mrs. Lee Romanelli.  Under Lee’s steadfast leadership and with the help of the New York Chapter she oversaw the completion of many restoration projects at the Vatican Museums – The Trajan Columns, the Bernini Angels, and at present, Raphael’s Sala di Constantino, to name a few.  She also presided over the funding of an exhibition in 2017 on the “History of the Menorah” at the Vatican in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Rome and a photographic exhibition at the Sheen Center in New York on “The Life of a Swiss Guard, A Private View”.  In recognition of Lee’s many years of dedicated service to the Patrons, she was recently presented by the Vatican with The Gian Lorenzo Bernini Award.  We were blessed to have such a devoted leader who gave her heart and soul for the betterment of our Chapter.  She will be deeply missed.

May her memory be eternal!


New York Chapter Board of Directors



ROMANELLI–Lee, of Darien, Connecticut formerly of Sands Point, New York, died on October 26, 2018. She was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 22, 1929. She married Anthony Romanelli, MD on June 19, 1954. He died February 24, 1989. Lee worked as a volunteer for more than 20 years at the Holy See Mission to the United Nations. She was the President of the New York Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums for many years and was honored as a Dame of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Lady Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and as a Dame of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus. Lee was awarded the Cross Pro Ecclesia Et. Pontifice from Pope Saint John Paul II and most recently was presented with The Gian Lorenzo Bernini award for her many years of service as President of the New York Patrons. While she dedicated her life to volunteering and working with cultural and charitable organizations, she was foremost a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Lee is survived by her sons, Dr. Vincent (Peggy) Romanelli of Dublin, Ohio, Dr. Michael (Lisa) Romanelli of Dublin, Ohio and her daughter, Gilda (Mark) Haranzo of Darien, Connecticut and seven grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Maisie DePalma. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Gerard Montanino, and her beloved grandson, Stephen A. Romanelli. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Avenue, New York, NY on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Stephen A. Romanelli Memorial Fund at or the Inner City Scholarship Fund at

Published in The New York Times on Oct. 31, 2018