Central Holidays has introduced a faith-based Italy program that celebrates the appointment of Pope Francis I. A papal audience in Rome highlights the 10-day/9-night “Discover Pope Francis I Italian Spiritual Ties” travel package.
Travelers will fly into Milan and be transferred to Biella in the country’s Piedmont region. Sights include the Sanctuary of Graglia, Oropa, the grandest sanctuary dedicated to the Black Madonna; Biella’s Roman Baptistery dating from early 1000s;...
Participants on this trip won’t be surprised when their Sabbath dinner includes challah and cannoli.
Rabbi Barbara Aiello, a first-generation Italian-American who became Italy’s first female rabbi and the founder of the first active synagogue in Calabria in over 500 years, is organizing a Jewish heritage tour focusing on Italy’s deep south.
The tour, ‘Southern Italy Through Jewish Eyes,’ is scheduled for October. Participants can choose either Part I − Calabria (Oct. 1-6), Part II...
The life of Junípero Serra (1713-1784)—and his impact on Indian life and California culture through his founding of missions—is the subject of a comprehensive, international loan exhibition this year at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif. The show runs from Aug. 17, 2013, to Jan. 6, 2014.
Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions examines Serra’s early life and career in Mallorca, Spain; his mission work in Mexico and...
Free Guide Helps Church Groups Plan an Unforgettable Spiritual Journey
With the election of a new pope, Catholic churches around the world are making plans to join the celebration. And while millions of travelers will descend on Rome in the next 18 months, planning a group trip is no easy task.
Thousands of churches rely on a free resource for planning a spiritual journey, Religious Travel Planning Guide. Now in its third edition, this how-to publication is designed for church leaders looking...
Faith-based travelers hold the key to Jordan’s growing tourism industry, Kevin Wright told 150 local travel professionals during a workshop in Amman, Jordan, on Saturday. Wright, NTA’s director of growth markets, was invited to speak by the USAID Jordan Tourism Development Project.
“As more people travel on faith-based trips than ever before, Jordan is well-positioned to capitalize on a bigger share of the North American religious market,” Wright said. “The reason for this is simple:...
EarthCam and the Jordan Tourism Board have teamed up to launch a collection of live streaming webcams, with views of some of the country’s most treasured and visited locations. This makes Jordan the first country in the Middle East to install tourism webcams.
EarthCam’s webcams act as a virtual passport. In Amman, the capital of Jordan, viewers can experience The Citadel, a hilltop site where excavations have uncovered Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic remains. A second webcam take...