One thing I need to point out here. Yes, it is true that many of the pilgrims come to Pietrelcina specifically to see the house where Padre Pio was born and frequent tourists do go through the the Castello region for some periods during the day. However, this is still a residential area and when all the visitors have gone, it reverts back to its old self, a genuine old Italian village/town. The best visits we have made here have been in the dead of night or late in the afternoon when no one is around.
Still, anytime is good and well worth a visit. The following is a collection of photos we took during the first few years of being in Pietrelcina. The music is from singing that was recorded in the parish church and from an outdoor service in town.