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Shrines of Italy

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San Giovanni Rotondo
Date 06 September 2021 Online Booking
Depart from Dublin
Arrive to Naples
Duration 4 nights
Price €649
  • Dublin – Naples return flights with Aer lingus with 10kg bag (Dimensions: 55cm x 40cm x 24cm)
  • One small handbag (Dimensions: 25cm x 33cm x 20cm)
  • Visit to the town of Pietrelcina with lunch in a local restaurant
  • Visit to Piana Romana
  • Four nights accommodation in San Giovanni Rotondo
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal in San Giovanni Rotondo
  • Guided tour of the capuchin friary
  • Visit to the English Office
  • Visit to the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina and crypt
  • Mass at the Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel
  • Visit to St. Matthew’s monastery
  • Travel insurance up to 85 years
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Single room supplement - €140.00 (limited availability)
  • Gratuities
  • In-flight catering & meals where not stated
  • 20 kg item of checked luggage


Pilgrimage Itinerary


This morning we will depart from Dublin to Naples with Aer lingus. On arrival in Naples we will meet our guide and enjoy the wonderful scenery as we drive through the countryside to the village of Pietrelcina, birthplace of St. Pio.

After lunch in a local restaurant, we will begin to learn of the life of the young Francesco Forgione and how he overcame all obstacles to realise his dream of becoming “a monk with a beard”. We will visit the Forgione family home where baby Francesco was born, the Church of Sant ’Anna where he was baptised and later see the parish church where the newly ordained Padre Pio celebrated his first Mass.

We will celebrate Mass and in the Church of the Holy Family and afterwards visit Piana Romana where we will see the farmhouse of the Forgione family and later have time for prayer before the tree beneath which Padre Pio received the first signs of the stigmata.

We will continue our drive onto San Giovanni Rotondo where we will stay for four nights on a full board basis.


This morning we will begin to learn of the life of Padre Pio during his years in San Giovanni Rotondo. We will celebrate Mass in the ancient Church of Our Lady of Grace where he spent many hours each day hearing confessions and afterwards in the English Office we will receive a blessing with the glove and crucifix used by the humble friar.

In the afternoon we will continue in the footsteps of Padre Pio with a guided tour of the friary where we will visit the cell where Padre Pio lived and died and have time for prayer before the crucifix of the stigmata. Our day will culminate with a visit to the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina where we will have time for private prayer before the mortal remains of the great saint of our time.

After dinner we will participate in the Marian Torchlight Procession as we honour the Madonna, for whom Padre Pio had a great devotion.


This morning we will travel to the Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel and celebrate Mass in the sacred cave. Afterwards we will enjoy time at leisure to explore the town of Monte Sant’Angelo with its unique white-washed houses and quaint cobbled streets.

After lunch we will drive to the nearby St. Matthew’s monastery and receive a blessing with the relic of St. Matthew and holy oil before returning to San Giovanni Rotondo where we will have time to return to the crypt of Saint Pio for private prayer.


In 1956 Padre Pio presented to the world his greatest gift, “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” which today is now one of the most important hospitals in Europe. This morning, after Mass, we will learn more of the history behind this wonderful creation. We will walk the Way of the Cross, which allow us as Christians, to pause and enter reflectively into those last moments of Jesus’s journey of love.

We will have the afternoon at leisure with the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation.


After breakfast we will check out of our hotel and drive to Naples airport for our return flight to Dublin, filled with a sense of gratitude, joy and peace in our hearts.

*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.

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