San Giovanni Rotondo

Travel Guide

On a holiday in San Giovanni Rotondo you’ll discover this charming town on the slopes of the Monte Calvo, in a valley nestled at the very centre of the Gargano.

The city owes its name to an ancient circular temple of Janus, on which the Lombards built the church dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Frederick II later built the city walls and 15 defence towers, once crenellated and today represented by the Cylindrical Tower, which now houses the Museum of Folk Art. San Giovanni Rotondo is closely tied to the figure of Padre Pio, as demonstrated by the new church designed by Renzo Piano, the convent, the monumental Via Crucis and many other centres of worship. Holidays in San Giovanni Rotondo are an excellent opportunity to spend a few days amid scenic landscapes but also places of historical, artistic and cultural interest.

The Gargano is not only a favourite destination for lovers of the sea and nature, it is also one of the most renowned Italian religious destinations. There are two main points of interest for visiting pilgrims: San Giovanni Rotondo and Monte Sant'Angelo. San Giovanni Rotondo has always been a place of passage since antiquity, although the waves of pilgrims began with the arrival of Padre Pio. A visit to San Giovanni Rotondo is a unique opportunity to retrace the key stages in the life of the saint.

Built in the western area of San Giovanni Rotondo, the Saint Mary of Graces Convent Complex includes the ancient monastery, the fifteenth century church and the new shrine, overlooking the square of the same name. The Convent, where Father Pio lived from 1916 until his death, stands beside the older church dedicated to Our Lady of Graces, constructed about a century later.

An extraordinary place of worship visited by millions of pilgrims every year, the Shrine of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotondo is the second biggest church in Italy, covering a total area of 6000 square metres. Not far from the historic shrine and the Convent of Saint Mary of Graces, the new Church of Saint Pio, which was inaugurated in 2004 after ten years of work, was designed by the celebrated architect Renzo Piano and financed almost entirely with donations made by pilgrims. This is where the remains of Saint Pio are kept today.

Monte Sant'Angelo, the highest point of the Gargano, is situated in a wonderful panoramic position on a southern spur of the promontory, with open views of the plateau to the west and the Gulf of Manfredonia to the south. Before leaving Monte Sant'Angelo we suggest you also visit the Museum of Popular Art and Traditions of the Gargano, a true reflection of the rural culture of the place.

The Gargano, its history and its cultural heritage will give you a warm welcome: just take a look at our holiday packages to San Giovanni Rotondo and get ready for your next unforgettable adventure!

Gran Paradiso Hotel Spa
Gran Paradiso Hotel Spa
4 out of 5
Viale Aldo Moro, 125, San Giovanni Rotondo, FG
The price is £46 per night from 4 Nov to 4 Nov
This family-friendly San Giovanni Rotondo hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gargano Promontory, Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church and Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (363 reviews)
Ok accommodation
"Rooms were very basic for a four star hotel. Cleanliness not up to scratch, a lot of noise in the corridors. Breakfast was tasty and location was good to the Sanctuary."

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2020

Gran Paradiso Hotel Spa
Hotel San Pio
Hotel San Pio
3 out of 5
The price is £50 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Located in the heart of San Giovanni Rotondo, this hotel is steps away from Gargano Promontory and Home for Relief of the Suffering. Sanctuary of Santa Maria ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Ottima struttura a due passi da Santuario
"A due passi dal santuario, hotel completamente ristrutturato di recente con ottimo servizio e cortesia. Unico appunto il bagno lillipuziano."

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2021

Hotel San Pio
Ariae Hotel - Ali Hotels
Ariae Hotel - Ali Hotels
4 out of 5
via San Salvatore, 23, San Giovanni Rotondo, FG
The price is £48 per night from 19 Nov to 19 Nov
Located in the heart of San Giovanni Rotondo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gargano Promontory, Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie and Padre Pio ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (117 reviews)
"Staff rude and coffee maker in room with no coffee."

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2019

Ariae Hotel - Ali Hotels
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Studio - San giovanni rotondo
Studio - San giovanni rotondo
San Giovanni Rotondo, Puglia
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Gargano Promontory and Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Padre Pio Pilgrimage ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Great location not far Padre Pio church, bus station, and restaurants. Our studio was very clean, the bathroom was big, shower slightly small but normal for Europe. Angela the owner was nice and made sure we were comfortable. Room had balcony looking out to valley and ocean. Had elevator access definitely ..."

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019

Studio - San giovanni rotondo
VILLA DEL GARGANO 4+2, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
VILLA DEL GARGANO 4+2, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
Strada Provinciale 45 bis, San Giovanni Rotondo, Puglia
This family-friendly San Giovanni Rotondo villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Gargano Promontory and Gargano National Park. Padre Pio Square and Padre Pio Wax Museum ...
VILLA DEL GARGANO 4+2, villa with private pool at exclusive use!
Victoria Mobilehome Stella del Sud Camping Villaggio
Victoria Mobilehome Stella del Sud Camping Villaggio
2 out of 5
Nestled on the beach, this Rodi Garganico campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gargano Promontory, Spiaggia Due Pini and Gargano National Park. Foce Varano and ...
Victoria Mobilehome Stella del Sud Camping Villaggio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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