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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
Follow the footsteps of Saint Padre Pio to the Puglian town of San Giovanni Rotondo on a 2-night independent trip from Rome! The pretty town is one of Italy’s most sacred Catholic pilgrimage sites, home to a shrine dedicated to the Padre Pio – a humble Capuchin monk with miraculous healing powers. With 3- or 4-star hotel accommodation, round-trip train tickets from Rome to Foggia plus private transfers to San Giovanni Rotondo included, this trip allows you to learn all about the much-loved Italian saint at your own pace.

Highlights

  • Independent 2-night trip to San Giovanni Rotondo from Rome with hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy an optional excursion to the Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Spend a day exploring the Catholic pilgrimage town of San Giovanni Rotondo at leisure
  • Visit sites like the Monastery Shrine of Padre Pio to see the Renzo Piano-designed Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church
  • Travel by train between Rome and Foggia, and enjoy private transfers to and from San Giovanni Rotondo

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This tour is a symbol of spirituality – perfect for all the faithful who want to visit the places where Saint Padre Pio lived. Join pilgrims from around the world to pray in front of the saint’s body and marvel at the modern architecture of Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church.

What You Can Expect

2 Nights in San Giovanni Rotondo with Transport from Rome

See the Way of the Cross monument at the Monastery Shrine of Padre Pio

Day 1: Rome – San Giovanni Rotondo
Board your train at Rome Termini Station and relax on your 4-hour journey to the city of Foggia in the region of Puglia. Meet your private driver at Foggia station and travel to San Giovanni Rotondo on Italy’s peaceful east coast. Check in to your hotel, settle in and spend the rest of your day at leisure.

If you want to visit the nearby mountain-top city of Monte Sant’Angelo, simply speak to your driver who can arrange a visit for you at your own expense. The city’s highlight is the UNESCO-listed Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo (Monte Gargano), a Catholic monastery – dedicated to St Michael the Archangel – that’s said to be one of the oldest shrines in Western Europe.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Fini or 4-star Hotel Gran Paradiso in San Giovanni Rotondo

Day 2: San Giovanni Rotondo (B)
After breakfast, the day is yours to spend doing whatever you please. Head out to explore independently and discover the religious landmarks for which San Giovanni Rotondo is famous.

Until recent times, San Giovanni Rotondo was little more than an isolated village, a sight far removed from the beaten tourist trail of Italy. That changed in the early 1900s, when an unassuming monk named Padre Pio made the place his home, bringing his reputed healing skills with him. A bearer of stigmata (bleeding from the locations of Jesus’ crucifixion wounds), Padre Pio is said to have used his abilities to heal sick villagers. His fame grew after his death, leading to his canonization in 2002 – an event that propelled San Giovanni Rotondo to one of Italy’s most-visited pilgrimage sites.

Take a visit to the Monastery Shrine of Padre Pio (also known as the Convent of the Minor Capuchin Friars) to see sites linked to the saint. The shrine is home to two churches, the older Our Lady of Grace Church (Santa Maria delle Grazie) with its stunning wall of mosaics and the new Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church that was designed by the lauded Italian architect Renzo Piano. See Padre Pio’s tomb and prayer cell inside the Our Lady of Grace Church or perhaps take a stroll to see the Way of the Cross monument on a hill overlooking the church.

The town has several cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy lunch and dinner. Alternatively, enjoy dinner at your hotel in the evening.

Overnight: 3-star Hotel Fini or 4-star Hotel Gran Paradiso in San Giovanni Rotondo

Day 3: San Giovanni Rotondo – Rome (B)
Enjoy breakfast and check out of your hotel. In the late morning, your private driver will pick you up and take you to Foggia station. Board you train and travel back to Rome Termini Station, where your tour finishes.

Please note: Rates do not includes city taxes. City tax will be paid directly at the reception hotel desk at the arrival or at the check out according to the local city board procedure. City tax will change according to hotel category

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

Everything went smooth. Sometimes communicating was difficult but not insurmountable.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

Everything went exactly as described and on schedule. The hotel Fini was beautiful and the staff were doing their best to be helpful despite limited English. The meals were outstanding.

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