San Giovanni Rotondo is the most important place of the religious tourism in Apulia. The influx of tourists is steady during all year, but the hospitality is often problematic mostly if you don’t know the mode of access to places of tourist interest; so I suggest you to read carefully this short guide.
The visit of San Giovanni Rotondo requires at least half day.
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The visit of San Giovanni Rotondo is very often combined with that of Monte Sant’Angelo as both are fully part of the religious tourism destinations.
Furthermore, it was Padre Pio himself who suggested visiting Monte Sant’Angelo before going to San Giovanni Rotondo
Half day itinerary
The meeting with the guide takes place at the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in the immediate vicinity of which stands the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital built thanks to the tireless efforts of Padre Pio and inaugurated by him in May 1956.
During our journey we will be able to visit all the places related to the life and works of Padre Pio. We will first visit the large complex of Santa Maria delle Grazie which includes both the ancient seventeenth-century church which first welcomed the prayers of the Saint of Pientralcina on his arrival in San Giovanni Rotondo in July 1916, and the large complex built at the end of the years. 50 when the saint’s great fame required adequate spaces to welcome the many pilgrims who arrived in the hope of being confessed by the famous Capuchin friar.
Once in the crypt of the Santa Maria delle Grazie complex we will be in front of the body of our beloved Padre Pio, where we will allow ourselves a few minutes of recollection and prayer.
After visiting the two churches we will go on a guided tour through the Convent of the Capuchin friars where Padre Pio lived for almost 50 years to be able to almost relive the moments of everyday life. We will also be able to see the cell in which Padre Pio lived and died.
Our visit ends with the Grand Shrine designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and inaugurated in 2004. We will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful works of art housed in it, including the Ambone by Giuliano Vangi, and the mosaics by Marko Rupnik.
Opening of the main monuments and fees
(Italiano) Complesso S. Maria delle Grazie
Opening hours: Winter period from 6,00 am; to 9,15 pm; summer period from 6,00 am, to alle 8,00pm
Price: (Italiano) free admission
Phone number: 0882 417600
Crypt, Cell and CrossAddress: Piazzale Santa Maria delle Grazie
Opening hours: from 7,00 am to 7,00 pm
Price: free admission
Sanctuary of Padre Pio da Pietralcina
Price: Free admission
Crypt of the Body of Padre PioOpening hours: Winter period from 7,00 am; to 7,00 pm; summer period from 7,00 am, to alle 7,30pm
Price: Free admission
Price: Free admission
Hospital Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza
Price: (Italiano) lThe visit is free, but at the end of it an envelope will be given anyone who might want to leave an offer to the Oncologic Pediatric Department of the Hospital.
This is a very interesting thing: the american pilgrims (or those who come from countries that speak english) can be receive in a special office where will be explain them the deep relationship between Padre Pio and America although he had never been there.Opening hours: booking required
In San Giovanni Rotondo you have to pay a € 50.00 checkpoint for the large coaches and € 30.00 for minibus.
The checkpoint it is including bus parking.
The checkpoint must be paid by all coaches: whether the group sleeps in San Giovanni, or if it is just a daily excursion .
Tourist coaches can not enter the city because the whole city is ZTL (restricted traffic zone).
. It’s possible to have the permission to load and unload luggages. For further information I suggest ask for clarification at the hotel where you have booked.
For one day trip, (so no overnight staing in the city) you have to pay the checkpoint, leave the bus at the parking lot and reach the Sanctuary and other places of interest using a shuttle that cost of 1,00 € each way (so € 2.00 total)
There are pay toilets in the bus parking lots, but better use the free washing room in the Sanctuary. In case of emergency you can use the hospital ones.