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. Often overshadowed by the Our Lady of Grace shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo, nevertheless it is an interesting place to visit, since this small town is where he was born on May 25, 1887 and, of course he grew up here.
After visiting his boyhood home, you can stroll through the town to see the church where Padre Pio was baptized and the chapel of the Stigmata.
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