Pietrelcina, Italy: Birthplace of Saint Padre Pio
If you are interested in the life of Padre Pio, then a stop in Petrelcina is definitely worthwhile. This small town is where he was born and raised…..you can see the house where he grew up (shown in the photo on the right).
Often overshadowed by the Our Lady of Grace shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, nevertheless it is an interesting place to visit.
You can see the church where Padre Pio was baptized, the chapel of the Stigmata as well as the home where he grew up. There is daily Mass in the church each morning and several Masses on Sundays. It is a small town and a great place to just enjoy Italy without the hordes of tourists.
Traveling to Pietrelcina:
Pietrelcina is about 110 miles west of Padre Pio’s shrine at San Giovanni Rotondo, so it can make a good stop on the way to–or from–Rome. There are trains from Rome to nearby Benevento, about 8 miles away, but no service from Benevento on to San Giovanni Rotondo. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here
Some Italy pilgrimages include Pietrelcina; but many do not, perhaps due to the fact that they travel from Rome to San Giovanni Rotondo in one day and a stop here will not fit into most schedules.
Address: Vico Storto Valle, 28, 82020 Pietrelcina, Italy
GPS coordinates: 41° 11′ 51.2700” N, 14° 50′ 53.5812” E
Click here for the official Pietrelcina website (in Italian)
Photo credits ComuniItaliani.It