Trip to Italy, theme : Religion
If the legend claims that there are more than 1000 churches in Rome (actually 421, which is already incredible ...), how many can there be in the whole of Italy? To tell the truth, no one has ever really counted, but what is certain is that many of them are totally unknown to the general public despite the indefinable charm they exude, the masterpiece or masterpieces they house or simply the grace with which they breathe the Catholic faith like nowhere else.
With Solo in Italia, set off on the road to these village churches like cathedrals far from the tourist crowds of Saint Peter's in Rome, to measure how religion in Italy is more than anywhere else the link between past and present. Beyond the churches, Solo in Italia also leads you to the discovery of the most beautiful abbeys and Certosas, and also proposes you to follow the paths of pilgrims of yesterday and today.
And finally, why not be tempted to follow in the footsteps of Judaism or Islam in Italy?
Discovering Italian churches and cathedrals
Whether you are a practising or non-practising Catholic, a lover of architecture and its history, an art lover or simply curious about what surrounds you, each of you will have a good reason to enter a church or cathedral in Italy.
Exceptional floors, unforgettable frescoes, original altarpieces still on display, thousand-year-old mosaics, the triumph of the Baroque (for enlightened amateurs…) or simply architectural balance in the service of a living faith, you will be transported by the pleasure of pushing the door of the churches recommended by Solo in Italia.
Finally, don’t forget that they are mostly ideally located in towns and villages and offer unique views. In short, don’t hesitate, you will very rarely be disappointed.
On the road to the abbeys, convents and Certosas of Italy
The founders of monasticism, beyond the more or less strict rule to be respected, obviously knew how to teach their Italian disciples the necessity of choosing unique places to establish abbeys and convents.
Whether they are now disused or still very much alive, the majesty of the places they occupy is what they have in common. Solo in Italia will be pleased to help you discover these marvels, most of them far from urban centres, which guarantees absolute peace and quiet and the joy of discovering timeless places.
And do not forget that Italy is also the land of the Carthusian monks, majestic institutions whose splendour does not necessarily breathe the vow of poverty: their founders undoubtedly considered the munificence of the decorations still clearly visible today to be an inseparable element of their faith, to our great delight today.
On the Italian pilgrims' roads of yesterday and today
Italy is home to a considerable number of places of pilgrimage and routes to reach them.
Some routes are very well known and therefore quite busy, but still less so than the Ways of Santiago de Compostela, and are interesting to stop in places that are always wonderful.
Others are less so and yet also follow millennial paths, before arriving of course to Rome, according to the well-known expression…but not only!
Solo in Italia will be happy to help you in your pilgrimage project by recommending the best itineraries for the best destinations.
Finally, another possibility, circuits around the lives of the saints to measure the immutability of nature…
Following in the footsteps of the other monotheistic religions in Italy, Judaism and Islam
It is too often forgotten that the disastrous word “ghetto” is of Italian origin, designating the district of Venice where the Jews were grouped together from 1516 onwards… Italy is home to the oldest Jewish community in Europe and its history has often been tragic, as elsewhere on the continent.
Solo in Italia invites you to follow in the moving footsteps of this community and its memories present all over the peninsula.
The Muslim presence was by nature later, but left masterpieces of architecture in the Italian South which, as in Spain, testify to the mastery of a certain art of living …
Our travel themes in Italy
Let yourself be guided or let yourself be tempted by our different themes: the choice is immense and whatever happens your trip will be unique … the only thing that can happen to you is to regret not having stayed long enough, but rest assured, with Solo In Italia you will come back!