Getting from Rome to San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio Shrine) in Italy

Getting from Rome to San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio Shrine) in Italy

 

This place of religious devotion in Italy’s Southern Puglia region should attract so much tourism and pilgrimage. The Capuchin monk who lived here was and continues to be a revered figure and a source of discussion, but the shrine is a must see for many people visiting Italy.

 

Getting there

 

Often tourists arrive in Italy expecting to simply include this as a stop along a typical, , Milan, Venice Tuscany itinerary. Many fail to realize that Puglia is quite a distance from Rome and train and bus options in addition to being 5 or 6 hours can come with transfer wait times as well. In general Rome is the biggest jumping off point for this journey. Foggia and Bari are nearby with small airport, but trains and buses are more economical and provide stunning views of the wild countryside.

 

Trains: Trenitalia is the official website on which one can book tickets and look at timetables and options. The most direct route is from Rome Termini to Foggia train station. There are two kinds of trains between Rome and Foggia: First, Le Freccia, trains which take around 3 hours with tickets starting at around 50 Euros.  Second there are IC (intercity) trains which take roughly 5 hours and make more frequent stops. The price difference can be 10-20 Euros from the Freccia trains.

 

Once in Foggia train station there are two options: From this station one can catch regular buses to San Giovanni Rotondo or continue on a regional train to San Severo, which is closer to San Giovanni Rotondo. This will still require a bus transfer, although the buses run less frequently and the time spent making a transfer in trains doesn’t really get one into town any quicker. So one can get the local SITA bus  at Piazzale Vittorio Veneto just outside the train station. Buses depart every half hour between roughly 5am and 10pm each day with some variations. Cost should be around 3 Euros one way. The schedule can be seen here.

 

 

Buses: SITA the transit system between cities has 2 departures from Rome’s Tiburtina station daily. One at 06:15 and one at 17:00 each day. These arrive right to San Giovanni Rotondo. The tip return leaves San Giovanni Rotondo at 5:40 and 17:20. It is always a good idea to confirm the schedule and one can do so here. The trip takes between 5 and 6 hours. Certainly driving  rental car is a good option too. The highways are easily navigable with a good GPS, simply be sure and bring funds for toll road charges.

 

Nearby Attractions:

 

Once in this beauty part of Italy one might wish to venture around and see some wonderful . Foggia and Bari are cities with a wealth of history, as well as Manfredonia, the beaches around the Gargano Promontory and the cave shrine of St. Michael at Monte Sant’Angelo.

Getting from Rome to San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio Shrine) in Italy

 

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    • Pat Rice on 15 May, 2015 at 1:56 pm
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    Please let me know the price of the bus from Rome to San Giovanni Rotonda, return trip.

    Many thanks
    Pat

    1. Dear Pat
      Thanks for your message.
      The price for the bus ticket is around $60 USD for a round trip.
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    • Andrew Fernandez on 8 June, 2015 at 9:16 pm
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    Hi,

    Trying to book the bus online – but which station do I need to select from here:
    http://www.ferroviedelgargano.com/en/

    Is the bus / coach OK? Do you need to book in advance?

    Thanks,

    Andrew

    1. Hi Andrew,

      Since it is summer it would be a good idea to book ahead of time. We have never heard of anyone not getting in but it would be a good idea with the higher traffic. The station you should select would be Roma Tiburtina. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Amarilis on 7 July, 2015 at 8:23 pm
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    Hi!
    I intend to go in september by train. Once in Foggia is it esasy to take a taxi to San Giovanni Rotondo?
    How much will it cost?
    Thanks
    Amarilis

    1. Hi Amarilis,

      Once in Foggia it will be easy to find taxi’s around the train/bus stations and major squares. However the price can be costly ranging from estimated 75-90 Euros. One may be able to negotiate some, but the distance is 40 minutes and out of town. The 732 bus is only 5 Euros and runs from the train station in Foggia to San Giovanni. here is the schedule:

      http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/archivio/Download/corse/sitasud/Puglia/Foggia/d1cc0a2b-a1e7-47e1-a7f1-b3e87804c369_ORBA732.pdf/0

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    • Gemma on 15 July, 2015 at 4:54 pm
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    We would like to travel by bus from Rome Tiburtina station to the Padre Pio shrine in San Giovanni Rottonda, and come back to Rome in the same day. Questions: 1) Can we book online and pay in US dollars in advance before we leave from the US? Our date is Nov.7, 2015, a Saturday. Are the schedules the same as a weekday? 2) How much do they cost round trip? 3) Is it easy to get a taxi from our Hotel Holiday Inn Express to the bus station? How much do taxis cost? and are taxis reliable? Thank you!

    1. Hi Gemma,

      The website with the schedule is as follows: http://www.ferroviedelgargano.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Roma-Monte1.pdf

      There does not seem to be a way to preorder online, as it is a lengthy trip down and back it would be a lot for one day, as well as having to operate around the schedule.

    • Gemma on 15 July, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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    We would like to travel by bus from Rome Tiburtino to San Giovanni Rotondo on Nov.7, 2015 for one day. Can we book tickets for the bus online, how much do they cost? What is the schedule round trip on a Saturday? Thanks.

    • benedict on 4 August, 2015 at 10:31 am
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    I with my wife and 1 son aged 10 plan to visit Lanciano ( eucheristic miracle )and san giovanni rotondo ( padre pio ).
    appreciate if someone can advise the best route by bus
    we want to leave from rome ( hotel roma sud ) on the 20th sept and on 22nd noon is our fligh back from FCO airport
    so plese advice the best way and the cost involved

    regards

    simon

    1. Thanks for your message that sounds like a very nice trip.

      The time frame you describe sounds too short, especially if you want to do it using public transportation. It will just be enough to go to San Giovanni Rotondo.
      If you want to see both places it is possible to do it so renting a car. The highway is quite nice, but just be mindful there are tolls along some of the main routes. Renting a car can cost you something around 50 Euros a day and gas is now more affordable than it used to be.

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    • benedict on 4 August, 2015 at 8:31 pm
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    dear voyageur,

    Really appreciate your quick reply . actually I would like to know if you organise this tour or do you know of anyone in rome if they do the tours if there are any bus tours going to these 2 places and probably we could join them.
    if you know appreciate if you could provide their contact no and email address .

    thnaks and regards

    benedict

    1. Dear Benedict,

      We are always happy to assist people with our expertise in getting airplane tickets, hotels and transportation options even when we are not travel agents. Actually this is a very specific local experience you are asking about, that requires some on the ground research. However depending on how soon you need it, as a favor we can inquire about it around Rome as we will be there Aug. 15-16. Please Let us know.

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    • benedict on 5 August, 2015 at 5:23 am
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    really appreciate your quick reply .. we will be in rome on sept19th night and leave on 22nd noon.
    but honestly i thought you were a resident of rome or work or have a travel agency
    actually i do regret for troubling you.
    actually I was thinking on 20th morning we leave for rotondo and check in a hotel and then visit padre pio and then next morning leave for lanciano and latter go to rome where we check in hotel in rome for the night .

    if you know of any travel agencies doing the transport do email me sylvandacunha@gmail.com

    thanks and appreciate

      • benedict on 6 August, 2015 at 9:06 am
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      Dear voygeur,
      Actually i just wanted to know if there are any travel agents or tour operators that have buses going to rotondo on the 20th morning and then send overnight there and next morning go to lanciana and then to rome in the evening or early next morning go direct to airport

      thanks and regards

      benedict

    • Sonia Liao on 23 September, 2015 at 2:45 am
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    We are a group of 6. Just want to know travel options (hours, price, transpo) from Rome to the Shrine of Padre Pio. Leaving on the 27th of September. Many thanks and Godbless

    1. Hi Sonia,

      Overall one can take the Train: plug in dates, fares and schedules at Trenitalia.it
      or the Buses which we’ve mentioned in the article. The hours prices and schedules will depend on the times you are entering.

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  1. I’m traveling in car from Rome to San Geovanni no April.this is the first time that i través to Italy. I’m sutil afraid of driving but i need some advice.

    1. Hi Flor,

      What specifically do you need advice with?

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    • Yhna on 18 January, 2016 at 3:43 am
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    is there a train from Bari Airport to Foggia? How often does it run? How many hours by train from Bari airport to Foggia? From Foggia are there buses to get to San Giovanni?
    Do we have to purchase the tickets ahead? Planning to visit Padre Pio Shrine and it’s our first time. Any advice?

    1. There is no train station in Bari airport, only Bari itself. Honestly buses are more frequent in this part of Italy than trains. Sita Sud, AMTAB and Pugliairbus are the bus lines that serve between various airports and train stations in the area. You can most likely get tickets at the departure station. Go by bus or train from Bari to Foggia and There are regular buses from Foggia train station to San Giovanni Rotondo.

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    • Razielle Anne Santos on 6 February, 2016 at 6:50 am
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    Hi,

    I am travelling to Padre Pio on May 17-19. I have already booked a train (via Tren Italia) to Foggia on May 17th arrival time is 17:41. Can you please help me get to Hotel Centro Di Spiritualità Padre Pio? How do we buy bus tickets in SITA Bus? and what bus number should we go to?

    Also, can you please help us on how do we get back to rome intertational airport on May 19th (morning)? What is the earliest bus schedule we can get from Hotel Centro Di Spiritualità Padre Pio to foggia train station?

    1. Hi Razielle,

      We normally provide information about transportation services and recommended travel strategies. Some of the more detailed requests you are making as you know can take some time to look up and correspond about. If we were to assist you here we would charge a fee through paypal as it would take time to line up a particular trip in detail for you.

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    • Jonjon Cucio on 13 April, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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    Dear Voyageur,

    Hi!
    My wife and I are traveling to Padre Pio by bus. We booked already online. My question is if there is any space in the bus to put our luggages? Because have 2 hand carry luggages and 2 big luggages.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Regards,
    Jonjon

    1. Hi Jon Jon,

      I don’t know exactly which company you are using but most standard size European bus lines are the big coach buses with space down below for luggage storage. Have some cash on hand in cash there is a small fee, but usually there isn’t.

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    • Rissa on 5 July, 2016 at 7:09 pm
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    Hi,
    My husband and 2 children have planned to visit the Padre Pio shrine this July from Rome. We are from the Philippines. I’d just like to ask if you think our visit can be done in a day? We plan to take the early Le Freccia train and then the bus to arrive there. Our schedule is tight and knowing the site pretty well, I’d like to ask your opinion of whether our plan is feasible with enough time spent at the shrine and nearby sites.. Thanks.

    1. Hi Rissa,

      It can be done in a day, but you may not get lots of time at the shrine, often it is a 6 hour journey from Rome each way, since you are taking the fast train it may be around 4 hours each way. That would leave you the remainder of the time at the Shrine and surrounding areas which can be visited really in 4 hours total.

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    • Claire on 4 September, 2016 at 8:30 pm
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    Hello,
    Our group (3 people) will be taking the SITA bus from Foggia train station to San Giovanni Rotondo. How far is the Padre Pio shrine from the bus stop in San Giovanni Rotondo? Do you suggest taking a taxi or walking towards the shrine?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi clare it depends on the level of mobility in your group. It is a fine walk for most people, a taxi would be for those who have trouble walking.

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    • Vida de Jesus on 4 October, 2016 at 3:13 am
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    Your website is very helpful wc I came across as I was researching on our planned trip to Padre Pio. Based on info I gathered, the faster way to San Giovanni is via Freccia train fr Rome Termini Station , from here one takes thebus fr Foggia train Sta. wc takes about 40 mins. We plan to do this in one day. Pls help us w the following:

    1. Can we get tickets on line for the Freccia train? approx cost?
    2. Is it easy to take d connecting bus? Available at all times?
    3. Does bus take us to the shrine itself?

    Thank u so much, info u can provide will significantly help us plan this trip.
    Vida from
    Manila, Philippines

    1. Hi Vida,

      You should be able to get Freccia train tickets at trenitalia.it
      The buses in Italy run on regular schedules during normal hours 6am-midnight with varying frequencies, but the more touristed the area the more likely it runs often.
      The bus will arrive close to the shrine, but not exactly there, however San Giovanni Rotondo is not a huge town to walk around in. So it will be close.

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    • Oscar Suarez on 20 November, 2016 at 11:37 pm
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    Good evening,

    We are planning to visit St Giovanni Rotondo and Monte San Angelo and we have the following questions:

    – We will arrive to Foggia at 10:56am so we would like to know if we will have enough time to visit both santuaries and be at Foggia train station again at 7pm.
    – What is the best option to travel from Foggia to bot Sanctuaries and then back to Fogigia train Station.
    -By any chance do you know the temperature that we can expect by December 6Th.

    Thank you !

    1. Your timeframe seems doable. If you rely on public buses depending on if it is a weekend you may have to wait some extended time. However if you use a taxi or Uber your drive time will be considerably shortened. The temperature will likely be in the 60’s-70’s.

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    • Kath Velasco on 24 November, 2016 at 9:45 am
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    Hi!

    Is there a tour that I can get from Rome going to Padre Pio?

    1. Hi Kath,

      You would be best served by looking at packages from tourism agencies particularly faith based travel agencies.

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    • paul isaac on 9 February, 2017 at 4:42 pm
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    Do you have any tips for disabled travelers? My mom has difficulty walking as she had a leg operation in the past. Is there a disabled friendly way to San Giovanni from Rome?

    1. Most likely the train or a rental car would be your best option. There may be dedicated private transfers which would accommodate well but these would likely be expensive for such a long trip. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Pia on 10 April, 2017 at 2:58 pm
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    HI! We are also planning on visiting San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio) this coming December. Can you refer a good rental car company that we can hire together with a driver?

    1. We have not used a driver service for inter city travel, but any reputable companies that you can find online (with reviews) should be fine. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • cecilia on 16 May, 2017 at 8:03 pm
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    Hi. We are looking for a taxi service that could take a group of 9 to san giovanni rotonda and monte sant´angelo from foggia. could someone give me schedules of the san pio shrine and the chucrch at monte sant´angelo? we arrive at foggia at 11 am and would like to take a taxi for 9 people at noon.

    1. Cecilia,
      You can find the schedules of the Shrines online on their web pages in a variety of languages. They do change seasonally so we suggest you go and look up the one corresponding to your visiting time.

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    • Vicente Zepeda on 8 July, 2017 at 12:19 am
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    Hi. can you please provide me how many times the bus run from foggia to san giovanni rotondo during sunday. thanks

    1. This is the most current schedule we can find.

      http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/archivio/Download/corse/sitasud/Puglia/Foggia/d1cc0a2b-a1e7-47e1-a7f1-b3e87804c369_ORBA732.pdf/0

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    • Katrin on 27 September, 2017 at 7:07 pm
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    Hello, there!
    I am glad to see this post, helping traveler like me.
    I will be in rome january 5-8,2018
    I desire to go to St. Padre Pio
    What will be the best way to go there quickly, for my time is very limited
    I booked a hotel in the vicinity of Termini . Thanks and more blessings to you

    1. A train would be more expensive than a bus but likely the faster option. Go to trenitalia.it and look up tickets from Termini to San Giovanni Rotondo for your trip during those dates. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Teresa Cavallin on 31 December, 2017 at 7:25 pm
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    Hello,

    I wonder if you could please give me some advice regarding the bus from Rome to San Giovanni Rotondo?

    My parents will travel from Rome the 8th of January to San Giovanni Rotondo, and the best bus would be Ferrovie del Gargano, the one leaving at 17:00. I cannot find any information about where the bus depart from (is it from Tiburtina station?) or where the bus stops in San Giovanni Rotondo. The Marino buses seem to go from Piazza Europa to Rome early in the morning the 11:th of January. As my parents are elderly and the hotel is about 20 minutes walk from Piazza Europa, I was wondering if you could recommend any good transfer opportunity?

    Many thanks in advance!
    Best regards,
    Teresa Cavallin

    1. Thanks for your question Teresa, we wish your parents a wonderful trip! We have always gotten the bus South from Tiburtina. For a transfer to save the 20 minutes walk the best option would be a taxi from the hotel to Piazza Europa. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Aldwin on 10 March, 2018 at 8:32 am
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    Hello,

    Me and my wife plans to visit saint pio on march 31, 2018. Any tips what to ride from FCO airport to san giovanni? Trains or bus? How much would it cost? Timings and fare?
    Thank you s much!

    Regards,

    Aldwin

    1. Hi Aldwin,

      We hope you have a wonderful trip! The buses from Tiburtina bus/train station in Rome are the most direct transit, trains usually take more time and have several transfers. The bus schedule changes and can be seen on the website we referenced in the article. Costs can range from 20-40 Euros.We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • Allan on 8 April, 2018 at 12:51 pm
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    Greetings!
    I would just like to know if the 6:15 departure from Rome to Padre Pio Shrine is still on. I can’t seem to find that schedule when I search for buses from Rome to Padre Pio… Website link pls? Appreciate it much.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Allan The website best to use is http://www.ferroviedelgargano.com/en This will have the bus schedules most recently updated from Rome Tiburtina to Foggia. Best of luck in your trip! We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  2. Every time when I travel across the country, I always use car rental services. Maybe it’s little bit more expensive, but I have more freedom and it’s faster than bus.

    • Maria Pilar Alonte on 11 May, 2018 at 8:15 pm
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    Hi,
    We are in Rome from June 3 to 6, 2018.We would just like to know the easiest way to go to St. Padre Pio Shrine round trip.
    Thank you and pls reply.
    Sincerely,
    Maria Pilar Alonte

    1. Hello Maria,

      We hope you have an amazing trip. The most direct way to get to the shrine is to rent a car. If not driving yourself the bus is the most affordable and the train is just a little faster because of long transfer times. We recommend the bus route if you don’t want to drive yourself. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

      • GLORIA CALDERON on 16 May, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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      The trip from Rome to San Giovanni is long, even by car. I suggest taking a bus where you can relax. This is a very special trip so I would not think you would want to return on the same day. There is much to see and do spiritually, so don’t rush it or you’ll leave regretting that you did not fully experience “PADRE PIO”. Best wishes and may you fully experience the joy and love of Padre Pio. May the peace of St. Francis and all the Franciscan Saints be with you.

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    • Maria Teresita on 13 June, 2018 at 8:21 am
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    Hi! Will be traveling to SGR on a direct train from Romw and will arrive at Foggia at 19:45 pm. We booked a hotel at SGR. Are there still buses going to SGR at this time? What time is the last bus to SGR from Foggia?

    1. Hello Maria,

      Those local bus schedules are not normally available online and so it will be best to check once on site. For sure there are taxi’s available all day however. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

    • carmela santos on 22 August, 2018 at 10:19 am
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    Hi Will be travelling from Rome on Sept 9 and we are planning to leave San giovanni by the 10th of Sept. i think the best option is for the bus for straight travel. Cannot access though the bus schedules.
    Would you have the link?

    1. Hello Carmela,

      Thank you for your question. The best option would be to open this page, select the English language tab at the top and fill in the dates and times you are looking for. All the best on your trip!

      https://booking.ferroviedelgargano.com/

    • Lilian Santiago on 12 October, 2018 at 5:20 am
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    Hi! I’ll be in Rome in February. I’m thinking of staying in the SGR area for 2 nights. Or will that be too long to spend in that area alone? If ever I see all the important sites in a day, is there any other areas nearby that I could visit before heading back to Rome? Will appreciate your input. Thanks!

    1. Hi Lilian, That will be a good amount of time. One day is sufficient for SGR but you can always go to nearby Foggia or Monte Sant Angelo

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    • Mae on 23 October, 2018 at 1:32 am
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    Hi Voyageur,

    Thank you for the information you shared on your website.

    I’m going to San Giovanni Rotondo from Rome on 20-22nd December 2018. I’m just having some dilemma whether it is best to go by train or bus. The fare difference between train and bus is just 5 euros due to the extra bus transfer from Foggia-SGR if I take the train. My dilemma is if the road is safe for travel in December? I don’t know how the weather in Italy is in December, whether the road could get icy or not. I’m just concerned because of the recent bridge collapse in Genoa.

    Thank you for your time in reading my message and I look forward to your reply.

    Regards,
    Mae

    1. Hello Mae,

      The roads are generally good in Italy, especially in that Southern region you should have no problem with any winter storms.

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    • Ana Maceo on 2 December, 2018 at 6:33 pm
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    My husband and I are visiting ST Giovanni and we want to see Padre Pio, do we need to buy a ticket to see him?

    1. Hello Ana. There is no ticket needed to see the tomb. There are tickets sold to visit the museum. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook in Instagram and in Twitter

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