The shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo is located in the south of Italy and is the second most visited Catholic Shrine in the world. Saint Padre Pio was a Capuchin Friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick and supernatural gifts. He died in 1968 and was declared a Saint in 2002. Many pilgrims also take the opportunity to visit Pompeii whilst on this pilgrimage, which is one of the world's greatest Archaeological Sites. It is also possible to combine your pilgrimage with Rome and / or Assisi.
A Pilgrimage to San Giovanni Rotondo
UK/ Naples / San Giovanni Rotondo
Depart from the UK to Naples on a direct flight to Naples. Meeting and assistance upon arrival. We will then transfer to San Giovanni Rotondo (comfort stop en route) for check in, dinner and overnight stay.
San Giovanni Rotondo / Monte Sant' Angelo
After breakfast we will spend the morning in the sanctuary of Saint Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. Walk to the church of Our Lady of Grace and celebrate Mass. We will visit the tomb of St. Padre Pio. After our visit to the Shrine of St. Padre Pio we will continue to Monte Sant’ Angelo to visit the Grotto where Archangel Michael appeared from the 5th – 17th century. Lunch in the vicinity (not included). We will then return to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay in San Giovanni Rotondo.
San Giovanni Rotondo / Manfredonia
This morning we will leave Saint Pio and proceed to Manfredonia, which is situated in the curve of the coastal strip in the middle of the wide gulf of Manfredonia opening in to the Adriatic Sea at the foot of the Gargano. We will visit the Cathedral, the castle, museum and the Church of San Domenico where we will celebrate Mass. Lunch in the vicinity (not included). You will have some free time to relax and walk around at your own pace before returning to San Giovanni Rotondo for dinner and overnight stay.
San Giovanni Rotondo / Pompeii / Naples / UK
In the morning we will celebrate Mass in the vicinity, check out of our hotel and leave San Giovanni Rotondo. We will then continue to visit the Sanctuary Della Madonna; the shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary in Pompeii, where the painting of ‘Our Lady of the Rosary’ with its bronze gilt frame is presented on the high alters. Lunch in Pompeii (not included). In the afternoon we visit the ruins of ancient Pompeii one of the world’s most fantastic archaeological experiences. The town was buried under a layer of lapilli in AD79 after the eruption of Vesuvius and the result is a remarkably well preserved slice of ancient life where visitors can walk along Roman streets and snoop around millennia old houses, temples, shops and Amphitheatres. We will then proceed by coach to Naples for our return flight to the UK.