Marian Pilgrimages | Pilgrimage to Shrines of Italy on the Friday, June 2, 2023

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Shrines of Italy

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San Giovanni Rotondo
Date 02 June 2023 Online Booking
Depart from Dublin
Arrive to Naples
Duration 4 nights
Price €845
  • Dublin – Naples return flights with 10kg checked in bag
  • One small handbag (Dimensions: 25cm x 33cm x 20cm)
  • One night accommodation in 4* Bel Sito Hotel le Due Torri
  • Visit to the town of Pietrelcina
  • Visit to Piana Romana
  • Three nights accommodation in San Giovanni Rotondo
  • Breakfast and evening meal in San Giovanni Rotondo
  • Mass in the ancient Church of Our Lady of Grace
  • Visit to the English Office
  • Guided tour of the capuchin friary
  • Visit to the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina & crypt
  • Participation in the Marian Torchlight Procession
  • Mass at the Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel
  • Free time for private prayer and sightseeing
  • Travel insurance up to 85 years
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Meals where not stated
  • Single Supplement €160
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance (up to 85 years) extra €20. For those over 85 extra €40


Pilgrimage Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Naples

We will depart in the afternoon from Dublin to Naples. On arrival, we will be greeted by our Marian Pilgrimages guide and driver who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. As we make our way to our hotel, our guide will give us an insight into the local customs of this part of Italy and talk us through the programme for the days ahead. We will arrive at the four-star Bel Sito Hotel le Due Torri, have a light snack on arrival and afterwards check into our rooms.

DAY 2 Pietrelcina

The beauty of the countryside will make for an enjoyable drive this morning to the town of Pietrelcina, birthplace of Padre Pio.

Our guided tour of Pietrelcina will take us to the Forgione Family Home where Padre Pio was born and Church of Sant’Anna where he was baptised and reveal to us the early years of Francesco Forgione and the many obstacles, he overcame to fulfil his dream of becoming a “monk with a beard.” We will celebrate the opening Mass of our pilgrimage in the Church of the Holy Family and in nearby Piana Romana, have time for prayer before the tree beneath which Padre Pio received the first signs of the stigmata. Our day will conclude with a scenic drive before arriving in San Giovanni Rotondo, home to Padre Pio for over fifty years.

DAY 3 Capuchin Friary, English Office & Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Our first morning in San Giovanni Rotondo will begin with the celebration of Mass in the ancient Church of Our Lady of Grace where Padre Pio celebrated Mass and heard confessions. During our visit to the English Office, we will be blessed with the glove of Padre Pio that covered the wounds of the stigmata and the crucifix used by the humble friar.

We will continue to walk in the footsteps of Padre Pio during his time in San Giovanni Rotondo. Visiting the Capuchin friary will allow us to learn more about the “poor friar who prays” as he so often described himself. Here we will see the cell where the friar lived and died and the crucifix before which he received the stigmata. Our day will conclude with a visit to the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina where we will pray before the mortal remains of the great saint of our time.

DAY 4 Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel & Way of the Cross

The Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries and visited by figures such as St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Paul II, Blessed Carlo Acutis and St. Pio. As we drive to the town of Monte Sant’Angelo, we will hear of the apparitions of St. Michael the Archangel and later celebrate Mass in the sacred cave. Afterwards we will have time to stroll the cobbled streets of this unique town with its quaint, white-washed houses. As we walk the Way of the Cross in the afternoon, we will pause and enter reflectively into those last moments of Jesus’s journey of love. We will enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure with the opportunity for private prayer.

DAY 5 Return home

In 1956 Padre Pio presented to the world “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” which today is now one of the most important hospitals in Europe. This morning we will celebrate Mass and afterwards hear of the history behind this wonderful creation and listen to the testimony of one of the members of staff. We will depart the town of St. Pio and drive to Naples airport as we return to our homes filled with a sense of joy, tranquillity, 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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