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The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy

Considered the second largest shrine in Italy, second only to the Vatican, the sanctuary even gained an app to make the visit easier.

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The Shrine of Padre Pio, in San Giovanni Rotondo, in Italy

Padre Pio (Father Pio), a follower of St. Francis Assisi, has a fascinating history. Padre Pio had already had the desire to serve God since he was 16 years old and he did so. He was accepted as a novice in the convent of Morcone and his teacher was Father Tommaso. In 1904, he changed his convent and took his temporary vows; when he took his permanent vows, in 1907, he had to change his convent and went to the sea, which worsened his already delicate health. How about learning more about the Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, in Italy? Let’s get to know a little about its history. Here at  Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our  “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

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A bit of Padre Pio’s history

In 1910, Padre Pio went to Benevento and finally moved to San Giovanni Rotondo, where he lived until his death in 1968. In his years of service to God, he suffered five stigmata and, it is said, he also had the ability to be in two places at once, in addition to being clairvoyant. In 1956, Padre Pio inaugurated the city’s Hospital, which had approximately 300 beds; it is currently one of the reference hospitals in Italy and has more than 1,000 beds. Visit our section on Religious Tourism in Italy!

The Shrine of Padre Pio is located in the city where he died, San Giovanni Rotondo, and is one of the most sought after in Italy. The Shrine is a beautiful and modern complex, opened in 2004, and brings together the former Capuchin convent, which dates back to 1540, and the beautiful church of St Mary of Grace.

Attractions in the Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo

The shrine accommodates 6,500 believers and is shell-shaped, took 10 years to complete and was designed by Renzo Piano, one of the most prestigious Italian architects. The body of the saint is beautifully displayed on the altar surrounded by colorful mosaics. A scene from the Apocalypse, on a panel, stands at the main entrance and welcomes visitors. In the complex, it is possible to visit the saint’s room and the light marble floor and the walls, in the same tone, welcome us in a spectacular way, transmitting an unparalleled serenity. The golden ceiling of the Lower Church is spectacular and the Church of St Mary of Grace is unmissable.

Useful information

I will leave here some useful information to facilitate your visit to the Shrine of Padre Pio.

Padre Pio app

To facilitate your visit and offer more information, the Shrine has an application. Search your mobile app store for Padre Pio Nel Mondo; there is information, photos, maps. It’s pretty complete! Official Website: Santuário Padre Pio

Where to Eat at the Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo?

See my advice for lunch in the city of San Giovanni Rotondo.

  • La Rosa dei Venti – To learn more and book Click Here!
  • Osteria Antica Piazzetta – To learn more and book  Click Here!

Map from the parking lot to the Shrine

The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy
Source: Google Maps

How to get to San Giovanni Rotondo?

The best option to go there is using public transport, with the train, or with a rental car.

1) How to get to São Giovanni Rotondo? BY TRAIN

Get off at Foggia station (there is no train station in San Giovanni Rotondo) and, from there, take a bus at the Station Square to San Giovanni Rotondo, from CIA SITA. Tickets can be purchased at the tobacconist located in the station’s courtyard. Also find out ” What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Would you like to save? So buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?“.

2) How to get to San Giovanni Rotondo? BY BUS

See now the options using the bus.

Buses from Foggia to San Giovanni Rotondo:
  • Every day except Sunday and holidays: 4:50 am; 06:25 am; 07:50 am; 8:30 am; 9:30 am; 11:30 am; 12:10 pm; 01:35 pm; 02:15 pm; 03:20 pm; 05:30 pm; 06:50 pm; 08:45 pm.
  • Sundays and holidays: 5:35 am; 8:15 am; 8:00 pm.
Buses from San Giovanni Rotondo to Foggia
  • Every day except Sunday and holidays: 5:15 am; 05:55 am; 07:35 am; 9:00 am; 09:45 am; 11:00 am; 12:10 pm; 02:10 pm; 02:50 pm; 04:00 pm; 7:30 pm.
  • Sundays and holidays: 03:00 pm.
PS: I am not responsible for any time changes.

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The Shrine of Padre Pio, in San Giovanni Rotondo, in Italy. If you are looking for stories of faith and spiritual renewal, visit the Shrine of Padre Pio. The unique feeling of peace is indescribable!

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