LA SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO DI PADRE PIOIn the eleventh century, is founded by the inhabitants of the village of Castel Pirgiano, near the important road leading to the sanctuary of S. Michele di Monte Sant’Angelo (the Via Sacra Longobardorum). Grown rapidly in importance in the thirteenth century, thanks to the fact that they settled the inhabitants of three villages, San Giovanni Rotondo is surrounded by walls. With the advent of Anjou, Gargano was divided into several baronies, and even San Giovanni Rotondo was forced to suffer the abuses. Meanwhile, bitter struggles between it happened that the Aragonese who, with the help of the Albanian Prince George Castriota, succeeded in permanently expel the Angevins. In 1500, the country is assigned to the Spaniards of Charles V. In 1656 he was struck by a terrible plague. Surely the San Giovanni Rotondo current is related to the life of a Franciscan friar Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. Its origin dates back to May 25, 1887, when it was brought to light by Orazio Forgione, modest landowner, and Josefa De Nunzio. At age 15, he entered the Capuchin Convent of Morcone, where he took his vows on May 22, 1904. In 1918, exactly on the 20th September, an extraordinary event marks the life of Padre Pio’s stigmata! his body he is hit. From that day the whole country adjusts its existence to this phenomenon, which is considered unexplained by science. Always humble, Padre Pio continues his work of prayer, until September 1968, when you turn age 81.
If Italy is the boot, Gargano is the spur of the boot, a promontory located in the province of Foggia.
Real mountain range, is straining in the Adriatic for about 70 kilometers and rises up to 1056 meters of Monte Calvo, now protected in a National Park. It then goes from the craggy coasts where you can still see the trebuchets, typical wooden buildings that are closed to fishing by the winches, the dense vegetation cover of the Umbra Forest.
Many are the towns in which you can find shrines dedicated to Padre Pio and other saints thanks to the great religious fervor present in these areas since medieval times.