Convent of the Friars Minor Capuchin and Church of the Holy Family, Pietrelcina
The history of Pietrelcina is inextricably linked to the story of Padre Pio and his stigmata. Perched atop a rocky spur in Valle del Fortore, the village sits on a terrace surrounded by vibrant, rolling hills traversed by small streams that wind slowly towards the valley before disappearing off into the horizon.
Pietrelcina exudes a sense of time that is always flowing, slowly and patiently. The visitor is drawn into its embrace and transported to an ancient world that is still intact, a medieval retreat where the memories and sites central to the saint’s life have been preserved. The alleyways and paved roads, the precipitous descents: echoes of his past are everywhere, alluding to a faith that has stood the test of time and conferring a sense of peace on the soul while inspiring prayer and meditation.
Visitors feel compelled to stop and soak up the spirituality and serenity. If indeed “it all happened there”, as Padre Pio claimed while away from his beloved Pietrelcina, it is also there that his memory is kept alive, among his people and through the devotion of his followers.
The historical centre of Pietrelcina sits on a limestone spur, Morgione, with breathtakingly sheer faces that transport the visitor to another world, replete with faith and power. Narrow, winding, cobbled roads, flights of steps and open spaces lead to a rustic wooden door that marks the birthplace of the saint.
The light-filled window of the ground floor premises, with its bare floors and ceiling beams, looks out across the surrounding rolling hills. Another residence nearby features a kitchen with period utensils hanging on the walls and in little nooks and crannies, and a bedroom with a straw ceiling.
The church of St. Anna is just a stone’s throw away. Its 17th century appearance conceals a much longer history; it is home to the baptismal font used to welcome Francis into the Church. Padre Pio walked the old country road of Via del Rosario every day on his way to the Piana Romana farm; today, his followers traverse that same path, in a sacred pilgrimage that goes beyond time and space.
This charming town exudes a sense of spirituality; from the green of the valley with its gentle streams, to the harvest-rich hills under the shade of the elm trees. It was under one of these trees that the signs of stigmata – a testament to the saint’s communion with Christ’s suffering – first appeared.
Visitors are compelled to heed the friar’s invitation to “always walk at this pace, even if it seems slow”. By losing themselves in the peace and spirituality of Pietrelcina, they retrace the physical and spiritual path that led St. Pio to become one of the world’s most beloved men.
Winter time: weekday: 7,00 – 18,00; holiday: 7,00 – 18,00
Summer time: weekday: 6,30 – 19,00; holiday: 6,30 – 19,00
Opening hours of the Museum
Winter time: weekday: 9,00 – 13,00/15,00 – 18,00; holiday: 9,00 – 13,00/15,00 – 18,00
Summer time: weekday: 9,00 – 13,00/15,00 – 19,00; holiday: 9,00 – 13,00/15,00 – 19,00
User manual Campania Paths of the soul (pdf)
Reference: Friars Minor Capuchin
Convento dei frati minori cappuccini e Chiesa della Sacra Famiglia
Via Cappuccini, 1, – 82020 Pietrelcina (BN)
Web site: Convento dei frati minori Cappuccini e Chiesa della Sacra Famiglia Pietrelcina