Benevento, San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte Cassino and Fiuggi

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  • 27 June 2024
  • 7 Nights
  • 1170 Per Person
  • Dublin
  • Italy

This 7-night pilgrimage to Italy takes pilgrims to Benevento, San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte Cassino and Fiuggi on a spiritual journey following in the footsteps of Saint Padre Pio.

We’ll start our pilgrimage in Benevento before travelling to Pietrelcina, the birthplace of Saint Padre Pio. Here we will visit St. Pio’s family home and the church of St. Anna where Padre Pio was baptised and received his First Holy Communion.

We will continue to San Giovanni Rotondo, in the region of Puglia, where we will learn about the life and work of Padre Pio, visiting the places where he lived, his resting place and other important religious sites.

From San Giovanni we will travel to San Marco in Lamis in the region of Apulia, with its beautiful market, visiting St. Matthew’s monastery, and then continue to Monte Sant Angelo, a destination for pilgrims since the Archangel appeared in the 5th century and a place of devotion that has attracted many Saints and Popes over the centuries.

The village of Fiuggi will be our next stop, known for its Acqua di Fiuggi which flows from its natural sources in the mountains as well as its medieval hill and the spa town dating back to the 20th century called Fiuggi Terme and its wonderful Church of San Biagio, dedicated to the patron saint of Fiuggi.

During the last part of our pilgrimage, we will visit Monte Cassino and its ethereal Abbey as well as Tivoli exploring magnificent villas, and finally Genazzano which holds the miraculous Fresco known as the Madonna of Genazzano.

For more information about this pilgrimage to Italy, or to book your place, contact our travel experts.

Benevento, San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte Cassino and Fiuggi

This 7-night pilgrimage to Italy takes pilgrims to Benevento, San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte Cassino and Fiuggi on a spiritual journey following in the footsteps of Saint Padre Pio.

We’ll start our pilgrimage in Benevento before travelling to Pietrelcina, the birthplace of Saint Padre Pio. Here we will visit St. Pio’s family home and the church of St. Anna where Padre Pio was baptised and received his First Holy Communion.

We will continue to San Giovanni Rotondo, in the region of Puglia, where we will learn about the life and work of Padre Pio, visiting the places where he lived, his resting place and other important religious sites.

From San Giovanni we will travel to San Marco in Lamis in the region of Apulia, with its beautiful market, visiting St. Matthew’s monastery, and then continue to Monte Sant Angelo, a destination for pilgrims since the Archangel appeared in the 5th century and a place of devotion that has attracted many Saints and Popes over the centuries.

The village of Fiuggi will be our next stop, known for its Acqua di Fiuggi which flows from its natural sources in the mountains as well as its medieval hill and the spa town dating back to the 20th century called Fiuggi Terme and its wonderful Church of San Biagio, dedicated to the patron saint of Fiuggi.

During the last part of our pilgrimage, we will visit Monte Cassino and its ethereal Abbey as well as Tivoli exploring magnificent villas, and finally Genazzano which holds the miraculous Fresco known as the Madonna of Genazzano.

For more information about this pilgrimage to Italy, or to book your place, contact our travel experts.

Itinerary

  • Direct return flights from Dublin to Naples & Rome to Dublin
  • 20kg bags included 
  • All transfers & tours by private coach
  • 1 night in Benevento – Antum Hotel – Full Board
  • 3 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo, Centro di Spiritualita’ – Full Board
  • 3 nights in Fiuggi, Hotel San Giorgio – Half Board
  • Full religious programme led by Spiritual Director

DAY 1: BENEVENTO
Depart Dublin Airport at approximately 06:15 hrs. Our Joe Walsh tours representative will meet us on arrival in Naples. Coach transfer to Benevento where we will check into the Grand Hotel Italiano and have lunch. After lunch and rest in the afternoon we will have mass in the Benevento Cathedral followed by a short walking tour. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 2: PIETRELCINA & SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
This morning after breakfast and check out will visit and have a walking tour of Piana Romana and Pietrelcina, before continuing to San Giovanni. Pietrelcina is the birthplace of Saint Pio. We visit St. Pio’s family home and the church of St. Anna where Padre Pio was baptised and received his First Holy Communion. In San Giovanni Rotondo we will check in in the Centro di Spiritualita hotel for three nights on a full board basis.  

DAY 3: SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Today we will have the full day in San Giovanni Rotondo. One of the most beautiful shrines to see in San Giovanni Rotondo is the Old Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie or Our Lady of Grace, a small church where Padre Pio lived, heard confessions and prayed.
Time also to visit the Capuchin Friary, the cell where Saint Pio lived and died, the crucifix before which he received the stigmata. We will not miss the tomb of St. Pio and the English Office.

DAY 4: SAN MARCO IN LAMIS, ST MATTHEW'S MONASTERY & MONTE SANT ANGELO
This morning we travel to the nearby town of San Marco in Lamis and visit St. Matthew’s monastery.  After lunch we then continue to Monte Sant Angelo the shrine in the cave where the Archangel Michael appeared in the fifth century. A long list of Saints and Popes have visited this cave to pray to the Archangel, among them St. Francis of Assisi, St Pio and St John Paul II. Mass and return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5: FIUGGI
After breakfast and check out from the hotel we will be making our way to Fiuggi. The village of Fiuggi is known for its Acqua di Fiuggi which flows from its natural sources in the mountains, classified as low-mineral water. The town is divided into two: the typical medieval hill town and a spa town dating back to the 20th century called Fiuggi Terme. Among the religious buildings, the Church of San Biagio, dedicated to the patron saint of Fiuggi, is the best known.
Check in the San Giorgio Hotel where we will be spending the next three nights with breakfast and dinner every day.

DAY 6: MONTE CASSINO
Today we will be traveling to Monte Cassino. 
We will spend the full day visiting the ethereal Abbey of Monte Cassino. The Abbey is perhaps most famous for its resilience. It was the first house of the Benedictine Order, established by the Benedict of Nursia himself in 529 CE. The abbey has since been destroyed and rebuilt on many occasions.
We will have mass after the guided tour. Back to Fiuggi for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7: TIVOLI AND GENAZZANO
After breakfast today we will be visiting Tivoli and Genazzano.
Tivoli has a handful of world-renowned UNESCO Heritage sites, which includes the three magnificent villas and gardens and several churches.
Genazzano hosts the miraculous Fresco of Mother of good Counsel, or else known as the Madonna of Genazzano. The church of Genazzano is where the order of Saint Augustine has served since 1356. After a beautiful day exploring these two beautiful towns and mass, we will head back to Fiuggi for dinner and overnight.

DAY 8: FLIGHT TO DUBLIN
After breakfast and check out from the hotel we depart Fiuggi for our evening flight to Dublin.  On the way will visit and have Mass at Saint Maria Goretti Shrine, in Nettuno.

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