Chiesa di San Pio
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Breindeldad
Milan, Italy158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
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.
Written July 29, 2020
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Tony7704
Marica, RJ39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Solo
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 bus all the way to SGR. I decided to do it the other way by taking the Frecciargento train that goes from the Termini station in Rome to Foggia. The round trip ticket cost me 59 euros. I then took the SITA bus from Foggia to SGR, paying 2.80 euros each way. The train ride was about 3 hours and the bus took an hour.

I got off the bus stop in SGR, an area surrounded by small souvenir shops with various Padre Pio items and other religious articles. I later found out that the sanctuary is very close to this spot.

Hotel Imaggine (I have a review on this hotel) where I had my accommodation is also walking distance to the shrine. The hotel is on Via Aldo Moro where just about 3 blocks away is the nicely paved, tree-lined promenade leading to the sanctuary. I enjoyed the tranquil walk on this lane, which took me to the church, the side of which boasts of beautiful massive rectangular pillars lining a lengthy walkway.

The vast expanse of the whole compound is very impressive. The artificial pond on the right side of the churchyard with small water falls add to that sense of tranquility.

Contrary to what other reviewers say, I don’t mind the modern architecture of the church. I consider the modernity as a way of portraying Padre Pio as a saint of the modern time . . . out time. My only comment is that at first glance, it does not seem to give the impression that it is a church. To some, the front may even look like a sporting stadium or a modern museum. However, the towering cross flanked by an array of bells on the far left side give it that religious feel. Let’s just accept the saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

I love the effect of the gentle arcing trusses inside the church that seemingly radiate from the altar. By and large, I find the church interior beautiful.

I was also impressed by the mosaic chapel (Chiesa Inferiore) with the metallic resplendence of its walls and ceiling. It is totally different from the main church and it gave me the feeling of being inside a spacious golden chamber. The tomb of Padre Pio, covered in similar metallic mosaic pattern, is housed in this chapel.

There are three stores where one can pick up Padre Pio souvenirs and other religious materials.

The Via Dolorosa (Station of the Cross) outside is another feature of the sanctuary. Constructed on the hillside are hundreds of steps, starting from the base with a statue of Padre Pio and ascending to an altar at the very top showing the Resurrected Christ. On one level you can see a beautiful panorama of the sanctuary compound and backdrop of the town.

I spent two days in SGR but did not have the chance to explore the other sites and attractions the town has to offer. But having visited the sanctuary of Padre Pio was more than enough and uplifting for me. It was a dream fulfilled . . . but I wouldn’t mind going back for the second time!
Written October 23, 2013
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Fuad K
Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
For a pilgrimage a stay of two nights is enough. Visit the old church and shrine of Our Lady of Grace friary where St. Pio of Pietrelcina lived, the upper and lower church where the relics of the Saint are kept,the Way of the Cross and Mary Pyle’s house.
Take a half day trip to Monte San Angelo.
Written April 2, 2013
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Margarita M
Mandaluyong, Philippines74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Malaysia529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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pat63tim@gmail.com
Swords, Ireland56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
Texas13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, AZ47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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