TIPS to know before going to see San Pio of Pietralcina and the Sanctuary of St. Michael on Mount Sant'Angelo: The Sacred Way of Longobards - ( "Via Sacra Langobardorum " )
Of all Pilgrims routes going to the Apulia Region (Puglia), one of the most remarkable is the so called "Via Sacra Langobardorum" in which the Longobards erected in the High Middle Ages, at regular distance to each other, five Sanctuaries: the Franciscan of Santa Maria di Stignano and St. Matteo in San Marco in Lamis, then St. Michael in Monte Sant'Angelo, St. Leonard of Siponto in Manfredonia and, last, the Sanctuary of the Incoronata in Foggia. The Longobards were the great defenders of the cult of St. Michael in Europe and only in the XXth Cent. has been erected the largest of these Sanctuaries, dedicated to San Padre Pio ( St. Pius from Pietralcina ).
The Medieval Pilgrimage of the Via Sacra Langobardorum started originally in France ( Mont Saint Michel ) and was directed to the Sanctuary on Monte Sant'Angelo ( St. Michael's Cave ).
Santa Maria di Stignano: a legend says that even the same Catholic St. Francis of Assisi, on 1216, passing on the Valley of Stignano going as a pilgrim to Mount St. Michael, remained shocked by the amenity of this site, for its light and blessed the fruits of this land.
Catholic Pilgrimage - Italy Pilgrimage - Pigrimage Tour # 1
Roma - San Giovanni Rotondo - Father Pius from Pietralcina - Monte Sant'Angelo -
2 days/1 night
Early depart Rome to Sanctuary to San Giovanni Rotondo (380 km - 230 miles - 4 hours drive).
Lunch and remaining of the day in San Giovanni Rotondo.
Dinner and overnight.
San Giovanni Rotondo - Sanctuary of Monte San Michele - St. Michael's Cave - (30 minutes drive). Visit of the Shrine -
After lunch, return to Rome (400 km - 250 miles - 4,5 hours drive).
4-6 people: EUR 750,00 EUR per person
10-17 people: EUR 400,00 per person
20-48 people: EUR 280,00 per person
For more than 50 people, EUR 225,00 per person
Above costs are inclusive of :
1. Private transportation with deluxe coach/minibus/minivan for two days;
2. English speaking tour guide throughout the entire excursion ( 2 days / 1 night );
3. Overnight in 4* Hotel in San Giovanni Rotondo, breakfast, 1 dinner, two lunches.
Catholic Pilgrimage - Italy Pilgrimage - Pigrimage Tour # 2
Roma - Santa Maria di Stignano - San Matteo in San Marco in Lamis -
San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant'Angelo - Abbey of Casamari
3 days/2 nights
Early depart Rome to Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Stignano (4 hs drive - 365 km - 210 miles). Lunch and visit. At the end, proceed to the Sanctuary of St. Matthew of San Marco in Lamis. At the end, go to San Giovanni Rotondo.
Dinner and overnight in 4* Hotel.
San Giovanni Rotondo - Sanctuary of St. Pio - Father Pio - all morning dedicated to this priceless Religious site.
Lunch. In the afternoon, round trip excursion to the Sanctuary of Monte San Michele - St. Michael's Cave (30 minutes drive).
Overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo - 4* Hotel.
Monte San Michele - Rome via Abbey of Casamari (Frosinone). Monte Sant' Angelo - Abbey of Casamari (380 km - 230 miles - 4,5 hs drive). Abbey of Casamari - Rome (100 km - 60 miles - 1 hour drive). As alternative to the Abbey of Casamari, Abbey of MonteCassino.
4-6 people: EUR 1.000,00
10-17 people: EUR 750,00 per person
20-48 people: EUR 500,00 per person
For more than 50 people, EUR 400,00 per person
Above costs are all inclusive :
1. Private transportation for three days by deluxe coach/minibus/minivan
2. English speaking tour Guide throughout the entire excursion ( 3 days - 2 nights ).
3. Two overnights in 4* Hotel, two dinners in the Hotel, three lunches.
NOTE on payments:
To confirm any tour, we require either a deposit or full prepayment by Visa-MasterCard + 22% VAT tax on top.
In case you wish to pay the deposit, it will be charged at cost + 22% VAT tax and then the balance by cash to your assigned tour guide. The amount of the deposit depends on which kind of tour is selected.