A world where the time seems to have stopped

The Gargano, known as the “Montagna Sacra” (Holy Mountain) because of the ancient consecration to Saint Michael, the Archangel, is situated in the northern area of Apulia. A mountain marked by charm, where the time seems to have stopped. Ancient maritime centres alternate with indented coasts sheer to the sea and thick woods of firs, beeches and Turkey oaks. The Gargano is a real heritage of historical, natural and spiritual treasures. A land which shows the traces of its millenarian history, where you can enjoy natural beauties and historical and religious riches

Places to visit

  • Mattinata
  • Monte Sant Angelo
  • Peschici
  • Sanctuary Padre Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo
  • Sanctuary of San Michele, Monte San'Angelo
  • Tremiti Islands
  • Baia delle Zagare, Mattinata
  • Architello, in the cala of San Felice, Vieste

Blooming nature, cliffs and beaches, maritime centres and holy places

Those who love nature should absolutely visit the Gargano National Park. Here you can ride a horse, take a walk or ride a bike along the paths of the Foresta Umbra. Following the coast you can appreciate the majesty of this promontory and the beauty of the wood which seems to dive into the Adriatic sea. The long coast is characterized by beautiful white cliffs sheer to the sea and wonderful beaches with their crystal clear waters. Now and then you can see nice maritime centres such as Vieste, Peschici, Rodi Garganico, where you can enjoy a sense of peace and quiet, away from everyday life. Moreover this wonderful territory is characterized by the sacredness of its places such as the ancient sanctuary of Saint Michael and the contemporary and well know shrine dedicated to Padre Pio from Pietralcina. Finally we cannot forget the uncontaminated beauty of the Tremiti islands.

Foresta Umbra

The Foresta Umbra, green heart of the Gargano National Park, falls sheer to the Adriatic sea. It is characterized by an immense and thick nature with many varieties among which it is possible to admire the different species of shrubs: firs, beeches, Turkey oaks and yews. It is also worth mentioning the large variety of fauna. Moreover it is possible to enjoy great silence, wonderful colours and beauties of these places following determinate paths riding a horse, walking or riding a bike.

Coasts and beaches

Along the coast road you can admire striking views. Mother Nature offers white indented cliffs and golden beaches with a crystal clear sea. It is worth mentioning the Baia delle Zagare, in the area of Mattinata, the Fariglione of Pizzomunno, next to Vieste, and the Architello of the cove of San Felice in the area of Vieste.

Maritime centres

Moreover you can visit the ancient maritime centres on the Adriatic sea. Vieste, Peschici, Rodi Garganico are the most famous. Walking down the paths of these towns, among white houses, arches and steps, the time seems to have stopped. Numerous are the traces of an ancient and tormented past with its countless attacks and civilizations which followed one another: Romans, Byzantines, Longobards, Normans, Swabians. It is possible two admire the castle of Federico II in Vieste and the Norman Castle in Peschici which represent the symbols of a glorious past.

Holy places

The Gargano is also known as the “Montagna Sacra” (Holy Mountain) because of the ancient consecration to Saint Michael, the Archangel. According to the legend, between the year 490 and the 493 A.D., in the town of Monte Sant'Angelo, the Archagel appeared to Saint Lorenzo Majorano, Bishop of Siponto. Later on a suggestive sanctuary was built, probably during the second half of the 6th century. Nowadays the Gargano has been again consecrated by the charismatic San Pio from Pietrelcina, universally known as Padre Pio. Numerous pilgrims visit the sixteenth century Capuchin Friary of San Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pio has lived for fifty years. In 2004 a new church has been built to properly accommodate thousands of pilgrims who every year come to honour the memory of Padre Pio from Pietrelcina.

Map of Gargano

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    A14 from Bologna through Foggia and Bari to Taranto

    A16 from Napoli; in Canosa it converges with A14.

The Baroque in Lecce, architectonic expression of the 16th century

Basilica di Santa Croce

In 1539 emperor Carlo V chooses the city of Lecce as the chief town of Apulia making it a real building yard. This prosperous period is deeply linked with the famous architectural phenomenon called the Baroque of Lecce.

Secular olive-groves with crooked trunks appearing as real natural sculptures.

Secular olive-groves

Symbol of the flora of the whole region is the olive tree, which characterizes the territory from the Tavoliere to the end of the Salento with immense fields.

Secular olive-groves

The olive trees with their beauty and charm, given by their secular crooked trunks, embody the history of Apulia thanks to their millenarian presence on the territory. They are the oldest and largest group of millenarian vegetal specimens in the world.

Self- vegetation and animal species in Apulia.

Horse of the Murgia

A huge number of biotopes of vegetable and animal species characterizes the region, even if only the 7% of the territory has been declared protected area. The Apulian self-vegetation is marked by woods, the Mediterranean maquis and the so-called ganga (rocky pasture).

Pink flamingos in the salt marshes of Margherita di Savoia

The region shows two national parks: the Gargano National Park with many areas and reserves and the lakes of Lesina and Varano, and the Alta Murgia National Park.

Photos of Gargano

Beaches and cliffs, maritime villages, holy places, some of the most beautiful pictures of the Gargano

A quick overview on the beauties we can admire going through the promontory of the Gargano. Pictures offered by the nature such as beaches, cliffs, woods. Pictures inherited by the history such as castles and ancient villages.