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Foggia: Guided Tour of San Giovanni Rotondo

1. Foggia: Guided Tour of San Giovanni Rotondo

As your reach Foggia, you will meet your driver at central station. From there you will depart towards San Giovanni Rotondo for your 4-hour tour. The walking tour will allow you to visit San Giovanni Rotondo, which is one of the most popular religious destinations in Italy. Once having arrived, you will see the body of Padre Pio from Pietralcina, the pilgrim friar who spent most of his life in this delightful land. The tour involves a walk through the places where the friar lived, as well as the history of his life as explained by your professional guide. You will visit the ancient church, the remains of the saint, the convent, the private room of San Pio, and the new sanctuary (which was designed by architect Renzo Piano and is almost entirely filled by the offerings of pilgrims). At the conclusion of your tour, you will travel back to Foggia.

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.

San Giovanni Rotondo: Spiritual Experience of Saint Pio

3. 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. 

Naples: Padre Pio Shrine & Monte Sant'Angelo Private Tour

4. Naples: Padre Pio Shrine & Monte Sant'Angelo Private Tour

Enjoy a day of relaxation, tranquility and peace. Explore the Sanctuaries of San Giovanni Rotondo and that of Monte Sant'Angelo in the Apulia region. Travel comfortably by private Mercedes Minivan with a professional driver.   The driver will pick you up at your hotel or any other accommodation in the city of Naples or in its province in Salerno or Sorrento. Then start your tour by heading out to San Giovanni Rotondo. Here you will visit the shrine of Saint Padre Pio, the Capuchin convent and the old chapel at the shrine. Here you will be able to see the saint's body conserved in a glass coffin. Then, stop for lunch in a typical Italian restaurant. After lunch, make your way to Monte Sant'Angelo. Here you will walk through the historic center and visit the monumental complex of Santa Maria Maggiore, San Pietro and San Giovanni Battista. Also explore the sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo. Afterwards you will be taken back to your accommodation.


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What people are saying about San Giovanni Rotondo

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based on 7 reviews

It was a very good experience and definitely recommend this to others. Our guide Renata had well explained St. Pio with all the valued details, it was moving and humbling experience.

The guide was awesome. She explained very well and spent extra 15 minutes at the end. As she will be getting married in March, we wish her the very best for an awesome future.

our guide was easy to understand and a very pleasant young lady Would suggest you inform people that shoulders need to be covered entering church

The tour was absolutely amazing

The tour was absolutely amazing!! Renata was wonderful & an expert and conducted our experience in the churches. Wow!!!