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St. Pio

Viale Cappuccini, 71013 San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Although I'm not a believer, I enjoyed my visit here to admire the architecture & history. I speak & read italian so understood what was written .... If you don't you may need to pay for a guide. We also walked the Via Crusis - very serene. Although the signs say you can't take food or drink, ignore the drink... More

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Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Really liked the fact that I didn't feel like I was being ripped off in the shops as there was something for everyones price range.

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Bandon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Due to a forced extended vacation in Rome, we added this to our trip, it was well worth it as we had often said that we would do it at some point. There was a special rate available on the train from Rome on Saturdays, a buy one get one free, so we elected to travel first class, for the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

As a non-religious person reviewing this sanctuary is a little hard. I read about St. Pio's story and history and I felt this church was decorated beautifully. Especially the mosaics. The room where St. Pio body is kept is gorgeous. If you find yourself in San Giovanni this is definitely a stop you must take.

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Kuching, Malaysia
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57 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel Grand Paradiso at San Giovanni Rotondo. It's only 3 mins' walk to St. Pio's Shrine, actually directly opposite, across the road. The whole place was full of pilgrims when we arrived. We all queued to venerate his remains. It was placed in the lower Church. The atmosphere was quiet and solemn here. Everybody reverently touched... More

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Manila
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

As devotees of Padre Pio, we were very happy for the opportunity to attend Mass and see the body of our great saint. It is worth every minute. San Giovanni is a long drive from Rome; I imagine it is out of the way relative to most major cities in Italy, but anyone who is devoted to St Pio will... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

what a blessing to see and be able to pray by the body, still intact after 45 years, of Padre Pio. a great place to pray and get closer to the Lord. Mass and procession at night were intense.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Shrine is beautiful but the area around the shrine is overly commercialized. Parking is not easy, so if you stay at a hotel nearby, leave your car there and walk if you can (it is a long uphill walk depending on where you stay or park).

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Marica, RJ
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

To visit the Sanctuary of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was one of the main reasons I went to Italy for the first time. Located in the town of San Giovanni Rotondo (SGR), province of Foggia and region of Puglia, the trip was an incredible experience for me. There are two ways of getting there from Rome. One is taking a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

The incorrupt body of the saintly Padre Pio is now on permanent display in the crypt of the church dedicated to him. It is well worth the complicated trip to get to San Giovanni Rotondo in order to venerate the relics, especially now that you can literally see the saint's body. However, the new mega church is so ugly that... More

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