Historic Center of Pietrelcina, View of the Morgione. Photo by Urpcomunepietrelcina (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Photo Gallery of Pietrelcina:

The Birthplace of Padre Pio

Not far from the city of Benevento in the region of Campania is Pietrelcina, a rural village of late medieval origins. For Catholics, it is renowned throughout the world as the birthplace of one of Italy’s most well-known modern saints.

Often eclipsed by San Giovanni Rotondo, the lesser visited town of Pietrelcina contains numerous places associated with the saint’s childhood and the early part of his priesthood.

Many visitors to Pietrelcina, some 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of San Giovanni Rotondo, claim that it is more faithful to the spirit of Padre Pio. Devoid of the souvenir stores and hotels, the grandiose churches and modern artwork, Pietrelcina has largely conserved its origins as a rustic farming village.

Padre Pio, once reminiscing on his native village, said, “In Pietrelcina, no one ever had five lire in their pocket. But other than money, we had everything.”


On May 25, 1887 Maria Giuseppa de Nunzio gave birth to a baby boy at home in her bedroom. It was 5:00 in the afternoon. His parents entrusted the protection of their newborn son to St. Francis of Assisi.

Padre Pio’s birth home is open to the public. Visitors are often struck by its simplicity. It is not a single unit; rather, it is composed of several rooms overlooking the same street, Vico Storto Valle.

Visitors can observe the kitchen, with original fireplace and furnishings. There are the utensils of the time, including some terracotta containers, pots and an oil lamp. Behind the kitchen is a bedroom where the children slept but was turned into a dining room. There is also the parents’ bedroom where Padre Pio was born. On the bedroom floor is a trap door that led to the barn housing Orazio’s donkey.


The day after the birth, his parents took him to the small church of Sant’Anna where he was baptized Francesco, after Francis of Assisi.

Sant’Anna is about 250 meters from Padre Pio’s birth home. It is the oldest church in town and located near the Belvedere, or lookout point over Pietrelcina. It dates originally to the 13th century, but was rebuilt after it was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1688.

The baptismal font in which young Francesco was baptized is located near the entrance just off the left. Francesco received other sacraments here including his First Communion, confession, as well as Confirmation.

Of note are relics of St. Pius the Martyr, a second-century pope originally buried in the Catacombs of St. Priscilla in Rome. His relics were donated to the church of Sant’Anna by feudal lords in 1801 and placed beneath the main altar. These relics were revered by young Francesco and led to his religious name, Pio.


Closer to the birth home of Padre Pio is the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Here, Padre Pio celebrated his first Mass on August 14, 1910, four days after his ordination. For the next six years, Padre Pio’s pastoral ministry was based here.

A bronze door was added in 2000. It is made up of eight bronze tiles that tell the story of Pietrelcina and Padre Pio.


Built at the entrance into town on Viale Cappuccini, the Church of Sacra Famiglia was built during Padre Pio’s lifetime following his expressed wish. The church and Capuchin friary were financed by the wealthy American benefactress, Mary Pyle. Begun in 1926, it was completed in 1951.

Next to the church is a simple museum housing objects related to the life of St. Padre Pio.


Adjacent to the old city gate leading to Padre Pio’s “Homes” as well as the ancient and evocative “Castello” district is the Madonnella door. Recessed in the wall above a door is a series of three tiles made of majolica, or glazed ceramic.

Here Padre Pio gathered in prayer with local residents. In time, the group became the first Padre Pio prayer group.


Also in the old part of Pietrelcina are the “houses of Padre Pio.” After returning home as a priest, for health reasons, the saint spent various periods of time in these houses.

Among the houses is the Tower (La Torretta), the home of his brother, Michele, in via Santa Maria degli Angeli, 44, the Maternal House (the home of Padre Pio’s maternal grandparents) on Via Sant’Anna, 2, and the House of the Priest (Casa del Sacerdote), on Via Sant’Anna 44.


A few kilometers Pietrelcina, on a hill in the countryside, is the rustic area of Piana Romana. An inviting tree-lined avenue welcomes visitors and pilgrims to this sanctuary space rich in memories of Padre Pio.

Francesco’s parents had a farmhouse here where they worked the land. As a boy, Francesco spent many months helping his parents tend to the fields and flocks of sheep. Here, young Francesco met a friar named Fra Camillo from Sant’Elia a Pianisi who influenced him to become a Capuchin friar.

After he had become a friar and returned to Pietrelcina for health reasons, Padre Pio spent much time in this area enjoying the fresh air, studying and reading under the elm trees, and praying.

The masseria, or farmhouse, belonging the Forgione family has been preserved much the way it was in Padre Pio’s time. Visitors can observe life in the early twentieth-century with the various farm tools and bare stone floor.

Nearby are two large stones known as the seggiolone (high chair) where Padre Pio used to sit. He said: “They were my high chair. From there I watched the rising and setting of the sun.”

There is also a stone well. As a teenager, Francesco’s father, Orazio, was irritated that he could not find water. The boy told his father to dig at this site, and he soon found water.

The First Stigmata

Perhaps the most important site in Piana Romana is the chapel of St. Francis. Built over the trunk of an elm tree under which Padre Pio often took refuge from the hot summer days, here the saint received the so-called “invisible stigmata” the first time on September 7, 1910. After he showed his hands to the parish priest, the two prayed that they would disappear. The physical wounds indeed disappeared, though the invisible wounds remained.

There is a walking pathway between Piana Romana and Pietrelcina. Known as the Way of the Rosary, Padre Pio often walked this 3-kilometer (2-mile) route. It has been restored and the faithful can walk it today.


Though Padre Pio never returned to Pietrelcina after arriving in San Giovanni Rotondo, he never lost his fondness for his hometown.

When he spoke of Pietrelcina, he often became visibly moved. Once, reflecting on his home, he said: “I remember stone upon stone in Pietrelcina.”


Browse Our Archives

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment


  1. Hello 😉 Thanks heaps for this indeed!… if anyone else has anything, it would be much appreciated. Great website Just wanted to say thanks and keep doing what you’re doing Thx & Regards!

  2. I’m really inspired together with your writing talents and also with
    the layout for your weblog. Is that this a paid subject or did you customize
    it your self? Anyway stay up the nice high quality writing, it is uncommon to look a great blog like this one these days..

  3. I absolutely love your blog.. Great colors & theme. Did you build this site yourself?
    Please reply back as I’m attempting to create my very own blog and would like to know where you got this
    from or exactly what the theme is called. Appreciate it!

  4. w88You shuffle your fictional character purloin left-hand or right, swoop or chute crosswise the unlike types of barriers that are future day on your road & forget astir collection coins & keys.

  5. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and
    I am impressed! Very useful information particularly the last part :
    ) I care for such info much. I was looking for this particular information for a very long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  6. Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too great.
    I actually like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say it.
    You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep
    it wise. I cant wait to read far more from you.
    This is really a terrific website. ps4 games 185413490784 ps4 games

  7. Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just
    too fantastic. I really like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you are saying and the way in which you say it.

    You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it wise.

    I cant wait to read far more from you. This is really a wonderful website.

  8. Hey there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same results.

  9. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit
    my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all
    that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

  10. Hello would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this
    blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price?
    Thank you, I appreciate it!

  11. I’m really inspired with your writing abilities and also with the
    layout for your weblog. Is this a paid subject or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way stay up the nice high quality writing, it is
    uncommon to see a great weblog like this one nowadays..

  12. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell and
    gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!

    LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had
    to tell someone! asmr 0mniartist

  13. Many thanks for posting this, It?s just what I was researching for on bing. I?d so much relatively hear opinions from a person, slightly than an organization internet page, that?s why I like blogs so significantly. Many thanks!

  14. What i do not realize is in fact how you’re now not really a lot more well-favored than you may be now.

    You’re very intelligent. You already know therefore considerably on the subject of this topic, made me individually imagine it from a lot of varied angles.
    Its like men and women are not fascinated until
    it is one thing to do with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs nice.

    Always handle it up!

  15. Hiya! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa?
    My site goes over a lot of the same subjects
    as yours and I think we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you are interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail.

    I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific blog by the

  16. It is really a great and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you simply shared this useful info with us.
    Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Pretty portion of content. I simply stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to claim that
    I get actually loved account your blog posts.

    Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you get right
    of entry to persistently quickly.

  18. At this time it sounds like WordPress is the top blogging platform available right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  19. Howdy! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my
    old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  20. I always used to study post in news papers but now as I am a user
    of net thus from now I am using net for posts, thanks to web.

  21. scoliosis
    Awesome! Its truly amazing piece of writing, I have got much clear idea about from this article.


  22. free dating sites
    I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website.
    I really hope to see the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well.

    In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own blog now 😉 dating sites

  23. At this moment I am going to do my breakfast, after having my breakfast coming
    over again to read additional news.

  24. I’ve been exploring for a little bit for any high quality articles or weblog posts
    on this kind of house . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this site.
    Reading this info So i’m glad to show that I have an incredibly just
    right uncanny feeling I found out just what I needed.
    I most surely will make sure to don?t disregard this site
    and provides it a look on a constant basis.

  25. I have been browsing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It’s pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did,
    the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

  26. You could certainly see your enthusiasm in the article you write.
    The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who
    are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  27. It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people about this subject, but
    you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  28. Thank you a lot for sharing this with all of us you really know
    what you’re talking approximately! Bookmarked. Please additionally discuss
    with my web site =). We can have a link alternate arrangement between us

  29. I do not even know how I ended up right here, but I thought this post was good.

    I don’t know who you might be but certainly you are going to a
    famous blogger in the event you aren’t already. Cheers!

  30. I cherished what you will have carried out here. The structure is elegant, your written content stylish. Nonetheless, you could have got an edginess to what that you are furnishing the following. Ill totally arrive back again once more for significantly extra in case you protect this up. Dont do away with hope if not as well many men and women see your ideas, know you’ve accumulated a fan appropriate the next who beliefs what you’ve received to say along together with the way you’ve introduced oneself. Very good on you!

  31. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your
    article seem to be running off the screen in Safari. I’m not
    sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured
    I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though!
    Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Many thanks

  32. Simply wish to say your article is as surprising. The clarity to
    your put up is just excellent and that i can suppose you are an expert in this subject.
    Well with your permission let me to grab your feed to stay updated with forthcoming post.
    Thank you 1,000,000 and please carry on the gratifying work.

  33. Excellent post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this
    subject? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Many thanks!

  34. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your
    weblog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts.

    After all I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  35. Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this
    website with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Great blog and outstanding style and design.

  36. Hi! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how
    to make your site mobile friendly? My web site looks weird when browsing from my apple iphone.
    I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to fix this issue.

    If you have any recommendations, please share. Many thanks!

  37. I don’t know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else encountering problems with your website.
    It appears as if some of the text on your posts
    are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to
    them as well? This may be a problem with my web browser because I’ve had this happen previously.

  38. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However I
    am going through problems with your RSS. I don’t know why I can’t join it.

    Is there anybody having the same RSS problems?
    Anyone that knows the solution will you kindly respond?

  39. I do not even know how I finished up right here,
    however I thought this publish used to be good. I don’t
    know who you’re but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if
    you happen to are not already. Cheers!

  40. Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you
    if that would be okay. I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  41. of course like your web-site however you have to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts.
    Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very bothersome to tell the truth however I’ll
    definitely come again again.

  42. Hiya! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in trading links or
    maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa?

    My website covers a lot of the same subjects as yours
    and I think we could greatly benefit from each other. If you
    happen to be interested feel free to send me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Terrific blog by
    the way! asmr asmr

  43. Wonderful items from you, man. I have keep in mind your stuff previous to and you’re
    just extremely fantastic. I really like what you have acquired right here, certainly like what you are
    saying and the way in which wherein you are saying it.
    You are making it entertaining and you still care for to stay it wise.
    I cant wait to learn far more from you. That is actually a great site.
    quest bars quest

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.