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San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

1. San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

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. 

San Giovanni Rotondo: Guided Walking Tour

2. San Giovanni Rotondo: Guided Walking Tour

You will meet with your local tour guide in the Santa Maria delle Grazie Square, from where you will start your walking tour listening to the life and history of Padre Pio. The Friar lived in San Giovanni Rotondo, a city in which he lived for around 50 years. You will visit the New Church, which was designed by the Italian Architect Renzo Piano. You will also encounter the places where Padre Pio lived and prayed, such as the old Church, the Convent, and the Saint room. You will also be presented with the unique opportunity to see the Saint remains. San Giovanni Rotondo is one the main Apulian pilgrimage destinations, but it has a characteristic historic center that you could visit after the walking tour on your own.

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The Spanish-speaking Guide, Ms. Claudia, enriched us with her stories of the life and work of Padre Pio, it really has been a great satisfaction to have had her accompaniment. She has great historical ability, and is a great believer and devotee of Pio. We went to the Sanctuary for the first time, and we would go again, because we felt a great spiritual penetration within ourselves, difficult to explain. Yes, an unforgettable experience, for my wife (also called Claudia) and for me, Juan.- Thank you very much. And for third parties, do not miss this opportunity to be hugging Padre Pio so closely.-

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!

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 .

I love this tour! Michele was very informative and very kind. My husband and I learned so much about Padre Pio. I recommend this tour to anyone. :-)