Traveling with the Saints in Italy
Contemporary Pilgrimages on Ancient Paths
(2005 published by Hidden Spring, an imprint of Paulist Press USA, and Castle Quay Books, an imprint of Augsburg Fortress Books Canada).
Pilgrimages have long been a vital part of Italy's heritage. Yet visiting its sacred sites seems an overwhelming challenge for the modern traveler: what to see, where to go, how much time to spend in each place.
Traveling with the Saints in Italy provides solutions and guidance. In recognizing the genius of many of Italy's well-known - and some lesser-known - saints, the author offers ten pilgrimages to all parts of the country, visiting the places associated with such early masters as St. Benedict, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Catherine of Siena, as well as more contemporary teachers such as Blessed Pope John XXIII and St. Pio of Petrelcina (Padre Pio).
Vardey's unique biographical format combines a fascinating overview of the life of each saint, a summary of his or her spiritual teaching, a pilgrim prayer and suggestions for intention, an itinerary for a stay of one or two days or sometimes a week, maps and detailed directions to the prime places to visit in that person's life (many documents for the first time). Also provided are sidebars on religious art and artists and a four-day pilgrimage in Rome.