For many people the Compostela pilgrimage is an event that marks their very existence: something that lays down a "before" and an "after". Along the walk it is possible to meet fellow travellers whose memory will accompany us for the rest of our lives. Or else we might meet ourselves.
The book is presented as a practical guide for those who wish to undertake what has been one of the busiest pilgrimages from the Middle Ages up to the present day. Following the traditional "French Way", on foot or by bicycle, this guide will accompany the traveller from both the practical and spiritual point of view.
Pocket-sized and easy to consult, it allows step-by-step route planning in both directions: it contains all the practical tips needed to make the most of this unforgettable experience.
Each stage is accompanied by a detailed map, technical indications, a description of the sites and historic and artistic details about the different areas the Way passes through. Specifically it includes distances, altimetry, places to rest and sleep, alternative routes and places to visit, for a journey that includes cultural and natural elements.
The various stages are also accompanied by phrases and points for reflection that help to complete a journey that is not merely geographic. A special space – the pilgrim's notebook – is provided for pilgrims' own thoughts and impressions, in such a way that it might become a unique personal guide, "one's own" guide to the Way of St. James, a book to treasure and remember.
About the Author
Alberto Douglas Scotti was born and lives in Florence, where he studied arts, philosophy of science and history of religions. Working in publishing since 1986, he is the author of a dozen books, from tourist guides to essays and scientific works.