San Giovanni Rotondo is widely known for the many pilgrims who flock there each year to see the Basilica of Padre Pio at Capuchin Monastery in honor of the priest, as well as homes where he lived in this city. Padre Pio, born in 1887 in Pietrelcini was ordained as a priest in 1910. He is remembered for his gift of prophecy, healings and his own suffering due to invisible stigmata of his feet, hands and chest. When he was older, he made San Giovanni Rotondo his home. Since his death in 1966 thousands of pilgrims have arrived each year, including John Paul II, who prayed at Padre Pio's tomb and beatified him in 1999. The city also includes the National Park of Gargano with its Umbra Forest and many seaside hotels. For a list of both luxurious and cheap discount hotels in San Giovanni Rotondo check EasyToBook.com.
Nearby is the major trade fair city of Bologna, which is a historic walled city dating back to 189 B.C. This city features an amazing 22 miles of covered porticos. Here on weekends and during the week, visitors can enjoy open-air concerts in the Santo Stefano plaza, as well as several palaces, San Domenico that houses St. Dominic’s tomb, arcades, libraries and museums.
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