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The Guide to Lodging in Italy's Monasteries, Second Edition Paperback – April, 2003

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"Monasteries," Barish writes, "are an integral part of Italy's history and heritage and symbolize the incredibly diverse Italian culture." By conducting extensive research at each monastery, Barish has compiled a directory of detailed, precise information for a unique Italian experience: an inexpensive travel alternative to staying in big-name hotels. Each listing provides a history of the monastery, its artwork, and products as well as local events. The travel informationAaccommodations, amenities, cost, directions by car/train/plane, and contact names and addressesAis clearly written. Barish also adds a personal touch by including reservation form letters written in English and Italian. The photographs accompanying each listing are enticing and breathtakingly beautiful. More detailed and easier to use than June and Anne Walsh's Bed and Blessings Italy: A Guide to Convents and Monasteries Available for Overnight Lodging (LJ 11/15/98), this directory is highly recommended for public libraries.AStephanie Papa, Baltimore Cty. Circuit Court Lib.
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"Being a guest at a monastery brings the tourist closer to the Italian people, to our food, lifestyle, country and language. --Sister Francesca

"Being a guest at a monastery brings the tourist closer to the Italian people, to our food, lifestyle, country and language. --Sister Francesca

"Being a guest at a monastery brings the tourist closer to the Italian people, to our food, lifestyle, country and language. --Sister Francesca --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 524 pages
  • Publisher: Anacapa Press; 2nd edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884465196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884465192
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,645,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I absolutely disagree with the book's critics. (CORRECTED)
We have used this book to identify lodging possibilities on several trips to Italy. I have found the contact information a good starting point. Perhaps I an showing my age, but I never rely on only one source for any information. We verify everything.
Every directory has some minor flaws. That's why you need to use information from directories with an open mind. For example, on one occasion, a fax number was answered repeatedly by a human. On a hunch, I sent the fax to the "voice" number, and it was promptly answered by the fax. Either the numbers were switched in the directory, or the numbers were correct and the equipment was switched. Either way, no problem. In another case, we found that one convent had been severaly damaged by an earthquake and was not accepting reservations.
As far as the rooms go, we have stayed in over 10 Italian convents and monasteries in the last few years. Some were relatively modern and some date back to the 11th century. Generally, convents and monasteries are in the old sections of the cities and provide more realistic experiences within the culture.
We do not expect the convents and monasteries to be a four-star hotels, nor have several hundred Euro nightly rates. Most of the rooms were modest. (One was luxurious, even by US standards.) All had modern bathrooms in the room, (except one which was 10 feet down the hall). All were very clean and orderly with good security. Some had late (or no) curfews. Some even had television.
We are quite satisfied with the accommodations because we use our room only for reflection and rest, and spend most of the time exploring Italian culture and history.
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I originally bought the book because I needed suggestions for low cost accomodations for my next trip.After I read the book,I ended up planning the whole vacation around the theme "Monasteries in Italy".The brief but rich info on the history,art,location,traditions,makes the monasteries and convents in this book a most desirable spot to visit for themselves.The author gives all the practical info needed (price, directions, people to contact, restrictions that may apply)for a successful lodging in the most sought after locations in Italy , as well as in the most remote,pristine places.This book is by far the richest and the most helpful when it comes to convent lodgings in Italy.
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You can stay in monasteries - not as a religious retreat - in Italy for very little money and easy availability. This book is the best resource available for it in English.
However, as a guide book, the info it offers beyond addresses and telephone numbers, is not great. These places vary greatly in quality and price. Moreover, no directions to get to them - and they are in odd corners of Italy! - are offered, which means you will have trouble EVERY time you try to find one.
Recommended, but make sure you have a bevy of other guide books with you for more detailed info.
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My wife and I took our bicycles to Tuscany for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We spend such little time in our rooms when we travel, but we like to be centrally located when we bike into town. The monasteries, besides for their beauty, cleanliness, and hospitality, were in the heart of where we wanted to be. One on the nicest things about this book is the inclusion of a letter (translated into Italian and English for you) for you to fax or mail to make reservations (a must if you have biked 35 miles that day and do not want to find the inn is full!!) The letter worked perfectly and we always had a reservation, a smiling face, and a clean room waiting for us at the end of our daily ride!! Use this book and you will have an adventure!!
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I paid 22.95 for this bugger, and would love to have my money back. The the directions to the "Monasteries" are awful. For example directions from Termini station in Rome to a specific monestary states "take metro and get off at

Piazza Barberini" ( might be a good idea to let those unfamiliar with Rome know WHAT LINE THEY SHOULD USE! and where the Monastery is after you exit the metro. this example typifies the type of directions that are provided. Mrs. Barish have you ever taken a bus or a subway? Here is another example of directions provided, "get off at Firenze Santa Maria Novella and then take bus #14" Bus # 14? to where? how far? This book has absolutely NO MAPS so be prepared to dig. Locations described as "centrally" located are actually (when and if you find them with your own map work)often on city outskirts.Very lazy Mrs. Barish. Any one thinking about buying this one should definately save their money.
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I absolutely disagree with the book's critics.
We have used this book to identify lodging possibilities on several trips to Italy. I have found the contact information a good starting point. Perhaps I an showing my age, but I never rely on only one source for any information. We verify everything.
Every directory has some minor flaws. That's why you need to use information from directories with an open mind. For example, on one occasion, a fax number was answered repeatedly by a human. On a hunch, I sent the fax to the "voice" number, and it was promptly answered by the fax. Either the numbers were switched in the directory, or the numbers were correct and the equipment was switched. Either way, no problem. In another case, we found that one convent had been severaly damaged by an earthquake and was not accepting reservations.
As far as the rooms go, we have stayed in over 10 Italian convents and monasteries in the last few years. Some were relatively modern and some date back to the 11th century. Generally, convents and monasteries are in the old sections of the cities and provide more realistic experiences within the culture.
We do not expect the convents and monasteries to be a four-star hotels, nor have several hundred Euro nightly rates. Most of the rooms were modest. (One was luxurious, even by US standards.) All had modern bathrooms in the room, (except one which was 10 feet down the hall). All were very clean and orderly with good security. Some had late (or no) curfews. Some even had television.
We are quite satisfied with the accomodations because we use our room only for reflection and rest, and spend most of the time exploring Italian culture and history.
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