Saturday, 29th September
We will depart in the afternoon from Dublin to Naples. Upon arrival we will meet our tour escort and transfer to the four star Bel Sito Hotel Due Torri where we will stay for one night on a half board basis.
Sunday, 30th September
This morning we will travel to Pietrelcina, birthplace of St. Pio. We will celebrate the opening Mass of our pilgrimage and afterwards have a walking tour of the town visiting the Forgione family home where Padre Pio was born and the Church of Sant’Anna where he was baptised. After lunch we will visit nearby Piana Romana and see the tree beneath which Padre Pio received the Invisible Stigmata. After time for private prayer we will continue onto San Giovanni Rotondo where we will stay in the Hotel Colonne for the following three nights.
Monday, 1st October
This morning we will celebrate Mass in the ancient church and afterwards visit the English Office where we will receive a blessing with the glove and crucifix of the humble friar.
In the afternoon we will visit the capuchin friary and see the cell where Padre Pio lived and died and the crucifix before which he received the Stigmata. We will continue onto the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina and after a visit to the upper church and Chapel of Adoration we will make our way down the mosaic-lined corridor and arrive at the crypt where we will have time for prayer before the mortal remains of the great saint of our time.
Tuesday, 2nd October
This morning we will celebrate Mass at the Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel in Monte Sant’Angelo and afterwards have time for shopping and sightseeing. On our return to San Giovanni Rotondo we will visit the cemetery where the parents of Padre Pio, Fr. Alessio and Fr. Ermelindo are entombed.
In the afternoon we will visit the nearby St. Matthew’s monastery and receive a blessing with the relic of St. Matthew and holy oil. After time for private prayer we will return to San Giovanni Rotondo and walk the Way of the Cross.
Wednesday, 3rd October
This morning we will celebrate Mass at the old tomb where the remains of St. Pio rested for over forty years. We will depart San Giovanni Rotondo and travel to the historical town of Trani, located on the Adriatic Coast. We will visit the 12th century cathedral dedicated to St. Nicholas the Pilgrim and from the spectacular position at the water’s edge we will have time for lunch.
We will travel to the town of Alberobello, known as the ‘Capital of the Trulli’, famous for their conical roofs made without mortar, white-tipped as if dusted by snow. We will enjoy a guided tour of this unique town before continuing onto Ostuni where we will stay in the four star Hotel Montesarago for two nights on a half board basis.
Thursday, 4th October
Today we will visit the town of Lecce, often referred to as the ‘Florence of the south.’ with its dazzling baroque architecture. We will celebrate Mass in the Basilica of Santa Croce which boasts one of the finest and most intricate Baroque facades in Italy and afterwards have time to explore the town or simply relax in one of the many elegant cafés and bars. After lunch we will return to Ostuni and have time at leisure in the town which is famous for the dazzling effect of its whitewashed houses and its series of small roads, alleys and arches.
Friday, 5th October
This morning we will depart Ostuni and transfer to Bari airport for our return flight to Dublin.
*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.