Guest Author - Ann Carroll Burgess
For centuries, religous pilgrims and travellers have sought refuge in humble hostels or monasteries and convents. This tradition of hospitality and generosity to travellers remains a mainstay of many religous orders and the 21st century traveller can still find refuge, at a reasonable price. In some vey surprising locations such as the heart of Rome.
If you would like to experience a night of hospitality in a religious order you will be pleased to discover that religious orders offer accommodations that are quite up to date offering comfortable beds, ensuite facilities, and in many cases a hearty breakfast or an evening meal whih can be purchased for an additional fee..
In Rome, the Guest Hous of the Sisters of Lourdes, Signora di Lourdes has accommodations for as little as E24 per night, plus the city tax, which can be as high as E20. Couples and children are welcome, too.
To find locations all over the globe go to a website such as www.santasussana.org or www.monasterystays.org. The website is easy to navigate and offers both a direct booking service as well as reviews fom travellers. No matter what destination you choose you would be wise to learn some of the local language to facilitate your stay.
You will probably not find a tv or spa services offered, but you will partake in unique experience and the opportunity to met other adventurous travllers.
Monastery accommodation is easy to find in most major Italian cities such as Rome,and Florence. IN Florence your stay could be in a 14th century palazzo in what was once the capital of Italy.
In Rome you can find religious accommodation near the Spanish Steps or close to the Vunityatican. No matter the destination you will find monastic accommodation to be one of the best ravel values you can find.
Are there drawbacks? Yes, a few. Some convents and guest houses have curfews but after a full day of sightseeing an early night might not be a drawback. You will also have he advantage of being in a situation to ask for local guidance from residents of the city.
You may also ve offered he opporst to participate in a religious service or contemplation but this is not mandatory. Ancient traditions of hospitality and generosity included spiritual sustenance as well as food and rest for weary religious pilgrims. A short stay in a convent or monastery will leave you will fed, well rested and possibly, spiritually revived and ready for new experiences.