Daunia Mountains, on the footsteps of the Romans
The Sub-Apennine Dauno, also known as Daunia Mountains, is a mountain chain located in the North West part of the Capitanata, so called the Province of Foggia, and derives its names from the ancient Italic population of Dauni, who lived in the area during the first and second millennium B.C.
The Daunia Mountains include 30 charming villages and the area is well known for being the green heart of Puglia. Rich in lush forests and valleys, the area offer their visitors astonishing views of landscapes, medieval castles and architectural beauties. Its economy is based on natural and agricultural resources, that is why this area is rich in food productions, such as olive oil, wines, cheese, sausages and oven products.
Daunia Mountains villages take particular care of their products to ensure they keep intact their characteristics coming from an ancient culture. This is certainly a perfect destination for those who wish to immerse their selves into nature and outdoor activities, but also relax and enjoy some tasting of local wine and traditional food.
The best period to visit the Daunia Mountains is from June to August, when most of the religious and cultural events take place. To know more about activities and calendar of events we invite you to visit the official page of Daunia Mountains.
How to Get to Daunia Mountains
All the villages of Daunia Mountains are connected with the main train station of Foggia and its airport “Gino Lisa”. Alternative connections are the international airports of “Karol Wojtyła” in Bari and “Capodichino” in Naples.
Daily buses run from Foggia to the 30 villages. To know more about routes and timetables you can refer to the following bus company’s websites: Ferrovie del Gargano, Sitabus, Acapt e Clp Bus.
If you are travelling by car from the North, you can take the Autostrada A14 (Bologna-Taranto) and get the way out at Foggia. From there, you can continue on:
- the Strada Statale S.S. 90 to Benevento or
- the Strada Statale S.S. 655 to Candela or
- the Strada Statale S.S. 17 to Campobasso or
- the Strada Statale S.S. 546 to Troia.
To know more on transports visit our section How to Get to Puglia.
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The Villages of Daunia Mountains
Find more about Bovino, elected one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of Italy”, with its evocative Svevian atmosphere of the Castello Ducale, the Romanesque-style Cathedral, its historical past and magical landscapes.
Another fascinating village is Biccari, north of the Daunia mountains, this little village recently became famous when the mayor decided to put abandoned houses on sale for €1 with the aim to repopulate the village which has been hit heavily by migration
More information on the other villages to follow!
We thank Gal Meridaunia for the collaboration.