• Beach & Coast,  Gargano

    Vieste

    Vieste is a town in the province of Foggia, it is part of the Gargano National Park and it has been, more than once, awarded the Blue Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education for the quality of its coastline and bathing water. It is located on a small rocky peninsula and has a characteristic shape with three large bays divided by two points: San Francesco Point: facing East it is the higher and mostly rocky point. The medieval town is located in this area; it is full of narrow streets, stairways and arches, which surround the most prestigious and historical buildings (St. Francis Church and the Cathedral). Santa Croce Point: facing…

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    Gargano,  Top 10 To See

    San Giovanni Rotondo, Padre Pio

    San Giovanni Rotondo is a town in the province of Foggia and is also part of the Gargano National Park. Famous around the world as it houses the remains of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a Capuchin friar who lived in the town. The city was founded in 1095 on the remains of an ancient village, which dated back to the 6th century BC, and is located on the road to the Monte Sant’Angelo (this village was founded around the cave where the Archangel Michael had appeared). The city has a charming historical center with small alleys and few traces of ancient civilizations such as the Swabians, Angevins, Spaniards and Bourbons. But…

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    Beach & Coast,  Gargano

    Rodi Garganico

    Rodi Garganico is small town located along the Northern coastline of the Gargano area. It is perched on a rocky promontory and surrounded on both sides by sandy beaches. Rodi Garganico is known as “Il giardino del Gargano” (Garden of Gargano), the town is in fact surrounded by olives and citrus fruit groves which fill the air with the scent of their intense flowers. The town has very ancient origins, dating back from the 13th century BC; It was founded by the Cretans and was taken over by Greeks and the Rhodians during the 8th century BC, hence the name Rodi. Later on it was called Uria by the Romans.…

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    Beach & Coast,  Gargano

    Peschici

    Peschici is a small village in the province of Foggia, its territory is part of the Gargano National Park. It is a popular seaside resort with a marina and is one of the finest tourist destinations in Puglia. It has, very often, been awarded with the blue flag, by Foundation for Environmental Education, for the beauty of its coasts. The village is perched on a rocky promontory above the sea and the ancient area still retains original features of the medieval village. At the top of the rocky promontory there is the medieval castle and all around the village there are several remains of the ancient fortification walls and towers.…

  • Beach & Coast,  Gargano

    Mattinata

    Mattinata is a quiet and picturesque village along the Southern coast of the Gargano Promontory and is part of the Gargano National Park. This whitewashed village, with little houses facing the sea, is built on top of two hills and surrounded by mountains Monte Sacro and Monte Saraceno which create a wonderful backdrop to the village with vast green olive groves to complete this beautiful landscape. The area around Mattinata is a heaven for orchids hunters and lovers: being part of the Gargano National Park, it is home to more than 60 different species of wild orchids, the richest area in Europe. It’s economy is mainly based on fishing and…

  • Gargano,  Nature & Parks

    Gargano National Park

    The Gargano National Park is a protected nature reserve which was established in 1991, it is entirely located in the Gargano Promontory, the spur of Italy. It covers an area of 300000 acres and includes the Foresta Umbra (Umbra Forest) and the archipelago of Tremiti Islands. Photo Credits Flickr   Of particular interest is the morphology of this area. The Gargano was originally an island separated from the mainland. Later it merged to the mainland to form the unmistakable “spur” but the origin of this area as an island has marked the evolution of its environment in terms of fauna and flora. The Gargano National Park is one of the…