Explore the spiritual side of Italy with this book as your comprehensive guide. Whether you are a novice or a well-traveled pilgrim, this unique guidebook offers all that is needed to visit profound pilgrimage sites, meditate on the lives of the saints, and experience their blessings. The authors combine inspiring biographies of dozens of saints with practical tourist information and simple meditation techniques for people of all faiths.

You will visit St. Francis of Assisi, St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Rita of Cascia, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Catherine of Siena and many more saintly treasures. Put on your walking shoes and discover two of Italy’s revived ancient pilgrimage routes: The Via Francigena and the Cammino di Francesco. Either staying at home or choosing to travel, you will experience the heart and soul of Italy with the saints as your guides.

James and Colleen Heater have combined their interest in the lives of the saints and their love of travel to create a unique series of spiritual travel guides. Their honeymoon to Italy in 1998 evolved into a journey of pilgrimage and sparked the idea for writing travel guides to sacred destinations. Since then, they have written and published pilgrimage guides to Italy and France, with plans for adding Spain and India to the collection.

“The saints’ presence is very much alive, today, at these shrines. James and Colleen Heater show us how truly to receive the saints’ blessings, by experiencing for ourselves their living presence.”
—Swami Kriyananda, author of
Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography with Personal Reflections and Reminiscences

“Pilgrims are not tourists. They have come, quietly and humbly, to seek the holy and enter more deeply into God’s Blessedness. The Heaters have found this stillness for themselves and here set out to share its essentials with men and women who earnestly seek God.”
—Sister Wendy Beckett
Author and host of the PBS program The Saints with Sister Wendy

James and Colleen Heater

James and Colleen Heater have combined their interest in the lives of the saints and their love of travel to create a unique series of spiritual travel guides. As longtime practitioners of yoga, the Heaters teach classes on meditation and inspirational music as members of a spiritual community in Northern California. Their honeymoon to Italy in 1998 evolved into a journey of pilgrimage and sparked the idea for writing travel guides to sacred destinations. Since then they have written and published pilgrimage guides to Italy and France, with plans for adding Spain and India to the collection.

Colleen's professional background includes working as a licensed marriage and family therapist, specializing in addiction and codependency, while offering the opportunity for spiritual renewal to her clients. Colleen has lived and traveled throughout Europe for both pleasure and pilgrimage, and is currently devoting her time to writing and promotion for Inner Travel Books.

James, a licensed architect, practices in both religious and secular design, with projects in America, Europe and India. His background in meditation and music-including being an accomplished guitarist-has prepared him to understand the subtle energies of some of the holiest shrines in Europe and Asia. With this base of knowledge, he has led guided tours to sacred places in the United States and Italy.