The Pilgrim's Italy


Internet Sites
The Internet is an enormous resource for travel information. We have included sites for researching the cities and regions of Italy plus general travel information to get you started. For the English version of a website, look for the British Flag or the words “English Version.” Sometimes a website in Italian will have English for parts of its website and not others. Italian websites are loaded with graphics, so be patient while they download. In the ever-changing world of the Internet, websites change, so if one we provide doesn’t work, do a search, and let us know what the new site is.

Region Tourist Boards
Argoweb — Umbria Tourist info.

Bella Umbria — Umbria tourist info.

Emilia Romagna Turismo — Emilia Romagna tourist info.

In Toscana — Toscana tourist info.

Marche Worldwide — Marche tourist info.

Marche Voyager —  Marche tourist info.

Puglia Turismo — Puglia tourist info.

Umbria — Umbria tourist info.

Umbria Tourism — Umbria tourist info.

Tourism in Tuscany — Tuscany tourist info. —  Campania tourist info.

Campania Region — Tourist info. — Tuscany tourist info.

Turismo Lazio — Lazio tourist info.

Veneto — Veneto tourist info.


Cities — Tourist info.

The American Catholic Church in Rome — Detailed tourist info, tickets for papal audiences, and lodging in convents (Go to “Coming to Rome”).

World Guide Bologna — Tourist info.

Costa di Amalfi — Tourist info for the Amalfi coast including Ravello.

Firenze by Net — Florence tourist info.

Firenze On Line — Florence tourist info. — Florence tourist info.

In Roma — Rome tourist info. Click “turismo” & “English version.”

Italy Guide — Rome tourist info.

Move About Italy — Tuscany info.

Ravello —  Ravello tourist info.

Ravello — Ravello tourist info.

Roma Turismo — Rome Tourist info. — Rome tourist info.

Rome Buddy — Rome tourist info.

Terre Siena — Official website APT Siena.

Tuscany Net — Addresses and Mass times of Non-Catholic and Catholic Churches in Florence. — Venice tourist info.

Venice World — Venice tourist info.

Your Way to Florence — Florence tourist info.

Tourist Information
There are many websites on Italy. For lodging, search “Italy” and “lodging” for more than enough websites to explore.

Autostrade per l’italia — Highway maps to plan your trip. Click on “Plan your Journey” then search in Italian.

Avventure Bellissime — Walking and road tours in Italy.

Camping Italia —Campsites throughout Italy. — Search for destination.

Dream of Italy — The Insider's Guide to Undiscovered Italy. Travel Newsletter and Resource Center.

Discover Italia — Tourist info.

Dorling Kindersley — Eyewitness Travel Guides.

ENIT Italian State Tourist Board — Click on “Tourist Offices” and search the town (in Italian) for tourist office.

Ferry Metrò del Mare phone —  Campania region ferries. Phone: 19 9600700 Email:

Fodor’s — Search for destination.

Frommer’s — Search for destination.

IgoUgo — Tourist info & reviews from tourists.

Italy Italia — Tourist info.

In Italy Online — Tourist info.

Insight Guides — Insight guides, maps and phrasebooks.

Internet Cafes in Italy — Internet connections.

Italia Rail — Train information in Italy.

Italian Government Tourist Board North America — Same as ENIT tourist info.

Italian Tourist Web Guide — On-line hotel reservations & tourist info.

Italy in a Flash — Tourist info.

Italy Tickets — Entertainment tickets in Italy.

Italy Travel — Tourist info.

Italy Travel Escape — Tourist info.

Italy’s Monastery Hotels Refurbished monasteries, now two to four star B&B’s or hotels.

Let’s Go — Written by young adults for budget travel.

Life in Italy — Dedicated to modern Italian life and culture. Go to Classic Italian Culture/Religion.

Lonely Planet — Guidebooks & tourist info.

Parks in Italy — Parks in Italy.

Planetware —  Tourist info.

Rail Europe U.S. company for online reservations for European railways.

Rick Steves — Go to: Plan Your Trip.

Rome Guide — Ticket reservations and tourist info.

Rough Guides — Rough Guides, miniguides and phrasebooks.

Routes International — Transportation links.

Sacred Destinations — An illustrated guide to the world's sacred sites, religious architecture and historic holy places.

SITA Bus — Italian. Phone: 089 871016.

Sulga Public transportation from Umbria to other parts of Italy.

Time Out —  Online travel guides and entertainment for major cities around the world.

Trenitalia — Train tickets in Italy.

Via Michelin — Online detailed maps.

Visit Europe — European Travel Commission.

Welcome to Italy — All regions tourist info and religious itineraries.


There are hundreds of pilgrimage tour operators. Do a search with these words: Italy/pilgrimage/tours.

Lodging in Monasteries and Convents

Bed and Blessings Italy: A Guide to Convents and Monasteries Anne and June Walsh, Paulist Press $16.95.

Europe’s Monastery and Convent Guest Houses Kevin J. Wright, Liguori Publications $16.95.

The Guide to Lodging in Italian Monasteries Eileen Barish, Anacapa Press $22.95.

The American Catholic Church in Rome — Tourist info and lodging in convents under “Coming to Rome.”

dell´Accoglienza Cattolica in Italia — Search for lodging in convents, monasteries and other lodging.

Italia Sixtina — A French booking service for lodging in convents and monasteries. You provide a price range and pay them directly. If you don’t have time to buy the books or do the research, this is for you.

In Italy — A list of lodging in convents and monasteries can be ordered for $6.00.

Monastery Stays Booking service for monastery lodging.

Reid Guides — Article on staying in convents. Go to “Finding the Perfect Place to Stay’ & “Alternative Accomodations.”

Santuario della Madonna del Rosario — Search for Sanctuaries in Italy: “Cerca un Santuario.” Italian.

Meditation Resources

Centering Prayer in Daily Life and Ministry by Thomas Keating. Christian contemplative meditation.

The Best Guide to Meditation by Victor N. Davich. Overview of different meditation techniques and their history. Good for beginners.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Meditation by Joan Budlilovsky & Eve Adamson. Catalogue of meditation practices.

Discovering Jewish Meditation, Instruction & Guidance for Learning an Ancient Spiritual Practice by Nan Fink Gefen. Jewish Meditation for beginners.

How to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery by Lawrence Leshan. A  beginner’s guide for the best meditation techniques available.

How to Meditate: A Practical Guide by Kathleen McDonald. Buddhist meditation.

How to Meditate: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Art and Science of Meditation by John (Jyotish) Novak. Yoga meditation techniques for beginners.

Insight Mediation: A Step by Step Course on How to Meditate by Sharon Salzberg. Buddhist Vipassana meditation.

Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield. Buddhist Vipassana meditation, Audio CD.

Meditation for Starters by J. Donald Walters. Basic meditation techniques for beginners.

There are many websites on meditation. Search for meditation, or for meditation and your particular religion, i.e., Catholic, Buddhist, etc.

Ananda Online — Yogic meditation. Click on: Lessons in Meditation: Online meditation support & video.

Beliefnet — Comprehensive info on all religions. Click on “Faith practices” then “Meditation.”

Contemplative Outreach — Christian Centering Prayer as taught by Thomas Keating.

Dharma Net International — Resources for  Buddhist Meditation Centers worldwide.

The World Community for Christian Meditation — Christian meditation as taught by Dom John Main OSB. Click on: How to meditate. — Buddhist meditation in the Theravada tradition. Online course in meditation.


Meditation Retreats Italy
Ananda Assisi — A yoga and meditation retreat center just outside Assisi.

Casa della Pace — Yoga and meditation retreat near Gubbio.

Migliara Retreats — Retreats in southern Umbria.

Retreats Online

Sacred Travel — Assisi East - West Retreat Center, Meditation retreats in Assisi and other sacred sites.

Resources for Travelers with Disabilities

The Accessible Guide to Florence by Cornelia Danielson Email:

Air Travel Guide for Seniors and Disabled Passengers: The Better Breathing Traveler The American Lung Association of San Diego 619 297-8402 / 619 297-3901

Barrier Free Travel: A Nuts & Bolts Guide for Wheelers & Slow Walkers by Candy Harrington 888 795-4274/215 923-4686

Disappearing Windmills - A Waist High View of the World’s Hotspots by Kate Zee 800 882-3273.

How to Travel: A Guidebook for Persons with Disabilities Fred Rosen 636 394-4950

Accessible Europe — Travel info.

Accessible Italy — Non-profit tour operator for individuals with disabilities. Email:

Accessible Journeys — Tours to Italy.

Accessible Rome — Tours and free equipment rental in Rome. Once in Rome, pick up their free “Roma Accessible” guide at COIN/Via Giglioli 54-a/00169.  Phone:  06 7129011 Fax: 06 71290140 Email:

Access-able Travel Source — Travel info.

CO.IN. — Cooperative Integrate ONLUS is a nonprofit association based in Rome that provides services for people with disabilities. Phone: 06 7129011 Fax: 06 71290140 Email: — Travel info.

Disability Resources on the Net — Click on “Travel & transportation” “Travel guides foreign.” 

Emerging Horizons — Comprehensive travel info for Italy: Go to “Travel Resources,” “Destinations,” “Europe,” “Italy.” Bookstore and newsletter. Phone 209 599-9409.

Global Access News — Disabled travel network.

Paraplegia News — Click on “Resources” then “Travel.”

Routes International — Click on “Travel for the Disabled.”

Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality  — Travelers with disabilities info. Phone: 212 447-7284.


Vegetarian Travel

Vegetarian Europe by Alex Bourke Guidebook for vegetarian travelers to Europe.

The Vegetarian Traveler: Where to Stay if You're Vegetarian, Vegan, Environmentally Sensitive by Jed Civic International guidebook.

Lodging & Retreats
Ananda Assisi — A yoga and meditation retreat center near Assisi offering educational programs and vegetarian food.

B&B Corte Armonica Relais Fiesole —  Tuscany B&B serving organic vegitarian food. Six miles (8km) from Florence Phone: 055 59334 Email:

Country House Montali — Umbrian country house near Lake Trasimeno serving gourmet vegetarian food Phone: 075 8350680 Email:

Le Tortorelle — A vegetarian agriturismo on the Umbria Tuscany border. Phone: 07 59411564 Email:

Villa Orsini — Tuscany vacation apartments serving gourmet vegetarian food.

Happy Cow’s Global Guide to Vegetarian Restaurants — Click on “Travel” for vegetarian resources.

Veg Dining — Vegetarian restaurants around the world.

The Vegetarian Resource Group — Travel information, books, websites, tour operators, bulletin board, and articles.

Vegetarians Abroad — Establishments abroad that cater to vegetarians.