Chiesa di San Pio
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  • Breindeldad
    Milan, Italy155 contributions
    Serenity
    Coming from Milan, it took us 9 hours, there are toad repairs in Molise and some part of Foggia, the place offer a peaceful and serene atmosphere. They have different churches within the compound and each one possesses different beauty and style. We also went on the crypt of Padre Pio, the place has a feel of and vibe of a holy place and it’s surreal. We hope that we come back in the near future. A must for all devotees of Padre Pio.
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2020
  • gianni_di_battista
    Montesilvano, Italy1,808 contributions
    Quando cielo e terra si incontrano 🙏
    La nuova chiesa di Padre Pio, conosciuta come santuario di san Pio, è un luogo di culto religioso cattolico in San Giovanni Rotondo, provincia di Foggia, nel territorio dell'arcidiocesi di Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo. La nuova chiesa venne progettata dall'architetto italiano Renzo Piano.
    Traveled solo
    Written February 6, 2020
  • Potenza P😀👏👈🇮🇹🇮🇹🤗
    Barletta, Italy72 contributions
    Una buona visita
    Struttura moderna,chiesa molto bella ed ampia pronta per accogliere tanti pellegrini.Consigliata a tutti
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 11, 2018
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Margarita M
Mandaluyong, Philippines75 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
Start with a visit to the place where St. Pio lived and died and see all the memorabilia that is very well displayed. Next visit the small church where he use to say mass and hear confessions. Then the bigger church and then the crypt where his remains were kept until 2011. Visit the new and modern church and the new crypt where his remains are kept and are on display. There is a mass at noon and another one in the afternoon at around 5 p.m.

What I didn't like was that most of the explanations in the place where St. Pio lived are in Italian. Would be good if they had them also in English and maybe another language.
Written December 8, 2012
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71emma
Kuching, Malaysia485 contributions
Nov 2013 • Friends
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 the glass wall where he lay, all speaking our personal words and messages in our hearts to this great Saint of our modern day. It was indeed a very touching moment to see him at close quarters. One lady was weeping inconsolably at the right side of the glass wall, loathe to lose sight of him as the rest of us slowly passed her by.
Later, we were brought to see his cell, the Confessional where he sat in from morning to night, day after day..
We were also invited to the English Office where we watched a half-hour video tape on the life of St. Pio, which brought tears to many of our eyes.
A number of books written by St. Pio were available here ('100 Letters for you'; on Holy Souls and about his life). A request for Eternal Mass can be offered here too with a donation of 10Euro. To think that our intentions will be offered daily at this holy Shrine consoles us immensely.
It's a beautiful feeling as we left with light hearts..
Written November 11, 2013
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311candeloro
Derbyshire, UK45 contributions
Sep 2016 • Family
I have been visiting this shrine for 30 years and to 'feel' the journey would recommend that you visit the old church first to experience the humble beginnings of this man, his journey and challenges, his healings, and how the hospital originated.Take time to visit the Cell and see how he lived, and see the multitude of items including hundreds of letters that he received.Many visitors rush past this to visit the new spectacular church and miss out on the origins of the shrine, it is understandable as the two churches are side by side and the old church is dwarfed by the new shrine. As you approach the new church you may struggle with the modern building but take time to understand the concept, the sloping approach and olive trees are consideration for disabled pilgrims attending outdoor Mass, proving both access and shade. Admire the wonderful bells and statues of birds as their significance is revealed later. The approach to the shrine is a curved gentle slope again telling you a story in rich mosaic pictures, cleverly constructed to reveal each mosaic as you walk round the curve. I initially struggled with the 'bling' but understand that this is a result of dedications and gifts given on August 15th the Feast of the Assumption. The shrine itself is again carefully constructed to reveal Padre Pio at the end and enable you to have a private time with him and then sit to reflect. The whole visit takes a good half day and involved a lot of walking and stairs although there are lifts. There are plenty of hotels nearby offering menu of the day. One thing to avoid if you are going by car is the touts who try and get you to park in the hotels as you drive up to the top of the hill. They wear high viz vests and indicate that there is limited parking at the top when in fact there is an excellent multi storey car park leaving your car in the shade at a reasonable rate( we paid 4 euro). This is a stunning experience and results in two wonderful hospitals and a sanctury of healing set within a beautiful part of the world.
Written September 6, 2016
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Swords, Ireland56 contributions
Feb 2012 • Family
Went to the Church and saw a crowd queuing outside another building and curiosity got the better of us , we joined to discover that the body/remains of Padre Pio were on show in the basement in a glass coffin. Amazing!!! we were very fortunate to be there as we were told that they were going to be burying remains shortly after .Our visit was in either 2008 or 2009 i think !!!
Written January 27, 2013
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bongmango68
Texas11 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We were able to attend Mass at the Old Church and visited the crypt of Padre Pio. The Church is modern,beautiful and we are awed by the magnificent mosaics/murals. This serves as a wonderful setting to the final resting place of our saint, Padre Pio where we spent in prayers and contemplation, a spiritually refreshing enclave,and a wonderful tribute to Padre Pio. Pilgrims should make this a "must to see " when they come to Italy!
Written November 5, 2016
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MikeB8967
Queen Creek, AZ48 contributions
May 2017 • Family
A terrific church to see the splendid devotion all people have for St Padre Pio - take at least half a day if not a full day to enjoy it all - plus so many helpful people that work there along with a great gift shop !!!!!!!!!!!!
Written May 9, 2017
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Solsteinn
Seattle, WA102 contributions
Jun 2015
In the popular imagination, Italy is a crowded country of hubbub, fast cars, and cappuccini. So, imagine my surprise to arrive in the dark late at night in San Giovanni Rotondo, in far eastern Italy, and to wake up the next morning in a very sparsely populated and remote place.

San Giovanni Rotondo is a tiny town, made world famous by Saint Padre Pio. I came here on pilgrimage and found myself in a place with a profound ethic of hospitality - beautifully appointed destinations that brought the life and influence of Saint Padre Pio fully alive.

In this quiet, special place, a beautiful church was built to give a spiritual home and experience to the pilgrims. The piazza can comfortably accommodate 30,000 pilgrims. Some told us it rivaled their experience of the crowds in the piazza before St. Peter in Rome. Inside, the pilgrim is led through the building in a comfortable and orderly way, paced perfectly to see all the sights and given time to absorb and experience the impact of this saint, who loved and suffered heroically.

The most remarkable feature of the experience were mosaics of the lives of Jesus, Saint Francis, and Saint Pio. The gold leaf found in abundance on the mosaic tiles came from jewelry thrown on Padre Pio's grave by adoring pilgrims. In order to return the gold to the pilgrims, it was melted down and given back to them in the beauty of the mosaics. This gift, in its beauty, is deeply humbling.

Written October 4, 2015
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toursmanager
dublin41 contributions
May 2011 • Couples
Ok I have been some places in my time, and I feel God is here somewhere. At Times he might go to asleep then all the bad things happen. But here up a mountain a young man felt pains that of the pain the son of God felt. He had the signs of the Stigma. Over the years people felt he was a con, many more and I feel there was more felt he was a saint. Today he is a Saint. If you look at the Storey of Padre Pio you will see this man gave up all of his life for the good of others. This is where for the first time I felt in my life that there is a God, He showed up in San Giovanni with this Man of Good. Have you seen the hospItail, have you seen the good he has brought to a Mountain. I had. I belive that he was more good that false. Now I did see things that I did not like example a priest standing behind a desk blessing people witha pot for money infront of him. That the town is still very poor. The good parts a Mountain with trees, the stations of the cross easy to walk , the hospitail up the Mountain, the churches, the area in front of where he is buried, There is a peace up here, and if you come with a tour from Dublin stay at the 4 stay hotel, you will be rewarded.Fully escorted with good guides its a ideal way to Visit St Pio. I was part of a tour with PAB tours in dublin Ireland the priest and the guide who traveled with us were excellant company. Our hotel enjoy a bit of Music each night. I would love to travel again back to the Mountain of Padre Pio.
Written October 12, 2011
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Parmasan
East Windsor, NJ92 contributions
Feb 2018
We decided to visit the Padre Pio shrine in San giovanni Rotundo in February when there are virtually no crowds of tourists. Flying into Rome from Newark, we took a train from Roma termini to Foggia then a 30 minute bus ride to SGR, The area in Puglia was beautiful, ranging from flat plains rising up to mountains above SGR and you could see the Adriatic in the distance. The Church (Chiesa) was awesome, the shrine was beautiful and here you can see the incorrupt body of St. Pio. Quite a holy, beautiful place. Many nice hotels in the town all walking distance from the shrine. February again might not seem to be the best time to visit Italy, but the weather was in the low fisties, a little rain and the best thing again - no crowds of tourists!
Written April 9, 2018
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311candeloro
Derbyshire, UK45 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
I am so fortunate to be able to visit Padre Pio often as we regularly go back home. I have written reviews previously and felt i had to contribute again for anyone making the trip for the first time.The whole experience of touring the old church and actually seeing the cell and personal effects is very moving, and then the breathtaking walk around the corner and finding yourself literally 'on top of the world' with the wonderful bells and statues of birds, The gentle decent to the new church is a blend of architecture and nature with olive trees proving shade and a reminder of his roots.The story continues in a very effective, gentle, quiet, walk through the mosaics, ensure you take your time here and dont be tempted to race to get ahead of the groups- he will wait for you!. The best advice i can give you is, as before, do not be diverted as you drive up the hill by the car park touts, there is a lovely multiple storey car park, very resonably priced at a couple of euros. The great news is that even more car parks are being provided nearer to the church, you need your walking legs to do the shrine justice. Enjoy every minute, it is so heatwarming to see that this is still available to us at no charge and relatively non commercialised.
Written July 21, 2017
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