What better way to see Rome than with someone who’s loved living and working there for over 30 years? A Holy Year in Rome, by Joan Lewis makes me want to visit Rome again. Gypsies accosted us right inside the church last time I was there. In addition there were death defying encounters with traffic. Not to mention the endless wanderings thru tourist traps. Joan makes Rome come alive with fascinating people and colorful history. She also provides insider travel tips and advice.
A Holy Year in Rome, is subtitled The Complete Pilgrim’s Guide for the Jubilee of Mercy. It begins with a description of the book’s meaning of pilgrimage and shrines. Next comes a glossary of terms. Such Catholic ideas as jubilee, basilica, and cathedral can be difficult to understand. Furthermore, the author explains the concept of holy doors in simple language.
Ms. Lewis gives an interesting history of jubilee years from the first one in 1300, through the current one. She explains why Pope Francis called an extraordinary jubilee. She also points out the significance of the dates of opening and closing this jubilee.
A full chapter is taken up by a self-tour guide book to the 7 pilgrimage basilicas. It features the highlights of each, in an orderly fashion, from entering to exit.
Another chapter contains a history and detailed description of the catacombs and their frescoes, paintings and stuccoes.
One chapter offers a self-guided tour of the vatican city-state.
Yet another is devoted to a history and guide to the pope’s second home, Castlegandalfo.
The book concludes with 3 chapters of Rome-specific travel advice. Joan gives her readers insider tips on navigating and getting the most out of their Rome visit. She also recommends books and links for further reading.
I thank Sophia Institute for providing me with a review copy of A Holy Year in Rome. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
I have been RVing full time for over 2 years, now and this book has been on my wish list for longer than that! I finally read How to Travel Full-Time,recently, and I could not put it down.
Written by a full time traveler, Colin Wright tells how he came to the decision to travel full time, how he started out and how he does it now. He addresses relationships, medical care and earning an income. He emphasizes the need to understand that other countries have different cultures and ways of living. The impact of tourism and the ethics of impacting other cultures by the footprint we leave behind.
This is like a handbook for full-time travel, and it’s staying on my shelf (actually, in my kindle) until I’m ready to move on to world travel. Wright shares dozens of tips for downsizing, minimizing and packing light. He details his personal packing list – one carry on bag. He also gives advice for getting from one place to another and finding housing. Also discussed are the importance of planning ahead, getting the appropriate vaccinations, options for getting your mail, and paying taxes.
Personal anecdotes demonstrate the ups and downs of travel and the value of resourcefulness. They also make the book an easy read. Above all, the author emphasizes exploring and enjoying your new home, making friends and documenting your journey – both as a souvenir, and for future enjoyment.
If you dream of traveling full-time “someday”, I definitely recommend this book. You may decide that “someday” needs to come sooner than you think!