ICT for Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage

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Description of this research area

ICT for religious tourism and pilgrimage is an emerging research line of webatelier.net. It aims at investigating the role and opportunities given by ICT to promote and develop religious and pilgrimage destinations as well as to enhance tourists’/pilgrims’ experience. ICT have the potential to augment religious tourists’ and pilgrims’ experience, by providing additional information and services, and facilitating networking with people who share the same beliefs and interests. This research line is intended to answer questions related to the communication of the cultural-religious heritage of destinations and attractions, to their promotion and enhancement, as well as to the exploitation of such heritage for intercultural encounters and regional development.


religious tourism, pilgrimage, heritage, cultural communication, regional development


webatelier.net laboratory; Institute for Communication Technologies; Università della Svizzera Italiana


Dr. Silvia De Ascaniis

Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Cantoni

Research projects in this research area

Changes in the mood of people walking the Camino de Santiago (Spain), through the analysis of the Tweets posted along the way (joint project with the Polytechnic University of Milan)

The emergence of artistic and religious experience in online comments: analysis of the arguments used in Online Travel Reviews about UNESCO World Heritage cultural Sites (the case of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome, Italy)

ICT usages by pilgrims to the Holy House of Loreto (Italy)


Member of the scientific committee of the European Association of Vie Francigene – EAVF (http://www.viefrancigene.org/it/)

Member of the European Universities Network of Knowledge – EUNeK (http://www.turismo.unibo.it/network/european-universities-network-of-knowledge-eunek/index.html)

Publications published by this institute characterizing this research area

Journals peer reviewed

Inversini A., De Ascaniis S., Stefania M., Cantoni L. (2012). New Media in Religious Tourism: The Case Study of Youth World Day Madrid 2011. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism, 9(2), pp. 75-92.

Conferences with proceedings

De Ascaniis, S. and Cantoni, L. (2014). Artistic and religious experiences in online travel reviews about Saint Paul Outside the walls (Rome). Proceedings of ICOT 2013, International Conference on Tourism, Limassol, Cyprus, 5-8 June 2013, pp. 160-173.

Stefania, M., Cantoni, L. and De Ascaniis, S. (2012). Online Communication of the Catholic World Youth Days. In Kevin Griffin & Razaq Raj (eds.), ATLAS – Association for Tourism and Leisure Education, Arnhem (The Netherlands) 2012, pp. 130-144.

Contribution to conferences

De Ascaniis, S., Pucciarelli, M. and Cantoni, L. (2014). Pilgrimage Experiences in Electronic Word-Of-Mouth: An Analysis of Paths and Preferences of Independent Pilgrims to Rome. ATLAS Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage 6th Expert Conference, 19-22 June 2014, Veszprém, Hungary.