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San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

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Activity provider: Le Terre di Federico

San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

Activity provider: Le Terre di Federico

From US$ 181.71 per group up to 25

Join a guided tour of San Giovanni Rotondo, one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Italy. Visit the ancient church, new church, convent, and new Sanctuary designed by the architect Renzo Piano.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, Italian
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  • Discover one of the most important places of faith in Italy
  • Visit the luigis where Padre Pio from Pietralcina lived for 50 years
  • Explore the new Sanctuary, designed by architect Renzo Piano
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The guided tour of San Giovanni Rotondo will take you to visit the places where the remains of Saint Pio from Pietralcina resided, which lived here for about 50 years. The tour itinerary will unite the most significant places, the ancient church, the new church, the monastery, and the new sanctuary. The ancient church, of the mid-1500s, has a very simple façade and inside it is composed of a single baroque style nave. At a second entrance to the convent, is the cell of Padre Pio and the crypt where the body of Padre Pio was housed it was transferred to the nearby sanctuary. The visit continues with the new church, built to accommodate in an appropriate manner the considerable flow of thousands of pilgrims that flowed ever more numerous to San Giovanni Rotondo. Here, the friar celebrated mass and confessed the faithful. After having seen the various utensils that belonged to the friar of Pietralcina inside the convent, head to the cell where the friar lived.  Your tour ends at the Sanctuary, designed by architect Renzo Piano. This is one of the largest churches in Italy, capable of holding up to 7,000 people. You will first visit the upper church, characterized by stone arches and decorations made by some of the best artists of national renown such as Arnaldo Pomodoro. Then through a helical walkway, visit the lower church and the crypt where the remains of Saint Pio rest. 
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  • Pickup or drop-off
  • Earphones
  • Food
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  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

At the entrance to Santa Maria delle Grazie, Piazzale S. Maria Grazie, 10, 71013 San Giovanni Rotondo FG.

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4.9 /5

based on 9 reviews

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Michael gave us a thorough information about the places in the shrine we visited. With trivia as well as he has personal knowledge of the place, people and Padre Pio. I enjoyed it and it intensified my devotion to the beloved St. Padre Pio. I had goosebump moments several times and tear eyed when I visited the old church where the saint celebrated masses and the crypt. It was well with the time and expense. Highly spiritual experience indeed!

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October 30, 2022

The guide is friendly and has a direct experience with padre Pio via family members and miracle healings of people in the town as he is born and raised in San Giovanni rotondo ,he gave us a good tour ,the stories were intriguing and I walked away with the knowledge of padre può and the great contribution to the community at large .yes I would recommend this guide good English too .

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