Tremiti Islands

Tremiti islands, an archipelago of uncontaminated nature

It is an archipelago of uncontaminated nature, 22 km out to the coast of Gargano, which is formed by three main islands: San Nicola, San Domino and Capraia, to which we add the little island of Cretaccio and the farther Pianosa. These islands are also called Diomedee because the myth says that, after the Trojan war, the hero Diomede had been buried exactly here.

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Tremiti Island

Tremiti islands, a natural beauty, a pearl in the Adriatic sea


Overview of San Nicholas Island

In antiquity (4th – 3rd century B.C.), these islands were intended to be a place of confinement but their history is not only related to people, more or less famous, here exiled; in fact the past of this archipelago has been mostly influenced by historical, politic and economic events regarding the abbey of Santa Maria a Mare.

During the whole year the population is only 400; but in summer it increases noticeably thanks to the presence of many tourists, attracted by crystalline waters, high and indented coastlines, uncontaminated coves.

In 1989 the Tremiti islands became part of the Gargano National Park with the institution of a marine protected area. The greatest part of the population lives on the island of San Nicola. It is characterized by the abbey of Santa Maria a Mare, which dominates the whole island; it was built by Benedictine monks in 1045.

In the 14th century the abbey was fortified becoming an impregnable fortress, so that the population repelled the attack of the sultan Solimano II in 1567. The church shows a quadrangular plan and a beautiful mosaic floor with Romanesque and Byzantine mechanical drawings, which dates back to the 11th century. It is worth mentioning a 13th – century wooden Crucifix and a Venetian style wooden gold polyptych, which dates back to the 15th century.

The island of San Domino is the biggest and the most beautiful island from a naturalistic point of view; it is characterized by nearly 90 hectares covered by pinewood and Mediterranean maquis, with an indented coastline rich of numerous sea caves. To visit the archipelago, it is possible to reach only the port of San Nicola and then get to the other islands using fishing-boats.

Map of Tremiti island

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Useful information for tourists

Useful information for tourists in Apulia

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    By plane

    Bari Airport: Karol Wojtyla. Brindisi Airport: Papola Casale. Foggia Airport: Gino Lisa

    By train

    Trenitalia links the main Italian cities of Apulia

    On highway

    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.

Images Tremiti Islands

Some of the most beautiful images of the coasts and beaches of the islands