San Giovanni Rotondo

Curiosities:

  • In San Giovanni Rotondo the remains of Padre Pio are preserved
  • Since 2002 San Giovanni Rotondo has been the stage for several films
  • Padre Pio was proclaimed a saint in 2002
  • The city, which became famous recently, was founded in 1095

Not to Miss:

A visit to the shrine of Padre Pio

San Giovanni Rotondo has become a must for the faithful from all over the world.
The greatest attraction of this town is the small
convent of Padre Pio, located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Inside this church you will find the crypt and a small museum that collects the remains of San Pio and reconstructs his life.
Inside the museum you can visit the small cell where San Pio spent his life.

The “old church” of Santa Maria delle Grazie

In 2004 the new and magnificent church of San Pio was built by architect Renzo Piano.
The church had conflicting judgments as it would not reflect the path of life full of humility of the saint.

– What to see around San Giovanni Rotondo

We recommend that you visit the surroundings of San Giovanni Rotondo, in the Gargano National Park.
You can start with a visit to Monte Sant’Angelo (click here), a UNESCO site city for the Basilica of San Michele.
Do not miss the Rione Junno, the millenary district of Monte Sant’Angelo.
It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Puglia, where life flows slowly, as in the past.

The Rione Junno of Monte Sant’Angelo

Continue your visit in the city of Manfredonia (click here), discovering the castle and the church of Santa Maria di Siponto.
Have you ever seen a “ghost church”?
We recommend that you visit the church of Santa Maria di Siponto at Sunset (info here).

Santa Maria di Siponto

Santa Maria di Siponto

If you are a bit hot or you simply like unspoiled nature, you cannot miss a visit to the Umbra Forest (click here), a UNESCO site for its beech woods.
In the forest you can do many activities including trekking, MTB and E-Bike.

La Foresta Umbra

The Umbra Forest

Travel Tips:

– The visit to the convent is allowed with a suitable outfit;

– Be careful with the opening and closing times of the church and museum, find info (by clicking here);

– The patronal feast of San Giovanni Rotondo is celebrated on June 24;

– San Giovanni Rotondo there is a heliport with direct flights to the Tremiti Islands;

Photo gallery:

Discover San Giovanni Rotondo

1 The “new church” of San Giovanni Rotondo, designed by Renzo Piano;

2 Interior of the “new church”;

3 The visit to the body of San Pio in the “new church”;

4 The “old church” of Santa Maria delle Grazie;

5 Santa Maria delle Grazie, interior;

6 The cell where San Pio lived;

7 Icon of San Pio displayed in the museum;

8 The body of San Pio;

9 The statue of San Pio carried during the procession;

10 The “new church” , view at sunset;

The TOP of the Gargano

Continue to discover the Gargano and the beauties of this land