Religious tourism is one of the first forms of tourism. It can take very different
forms, ranging from pilgrimage, to walking, to religious gatherings, to simply
visiting places of worship. Religious tourism emphasizes that religious motivation
is the fundamental element for this form of tourism. In the modern sense, religious
tourism raises various problems from a social, organizational, economic and
environmental point of view, not only for destination, but also for tourist demand.
As other forms of tourism, it should be evaluated in a profile closely linked to
environmental, social sustainability, without neglecting the economic one. The
objective of this article is to give a sustainable connotation to religious tourism,
observing this form of tourism from a modern perspective, with the themes and
challenges that bind it to modern tourism. Another important topic raised by the
text concerns professionalism and training, in particular with regard to not only
tourist-architectural and historical skills, but also from the point of view of religious
and spiritual accompaniment necessary during this type of tourist experience.