Info Peschici

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    Piazza S. Perini 1

Peschici, a characteristic old town centre on a promontory

Peschici was founded around the year one thousand, when Dalmatians and Schiavoni settled here to stem Saracen raids. It shows a characteristic old town centre, on a 90 metres high promontory falling sheer to the sea (indeed the name of the town means “cliff that falls sheer to the sea”); it is possible to admire the white single-storey houses and the dome-shaped roofs following the Arabian style. Between the old and the new town we find the Norman castle, built in the 13th century, which belonged to the Tremiti abbey; today it houses temporary exhibitions and a collection of instruments of torture used during the Middle Ages.

The Mother church, dedicated to sant’Elia, dates back to 1597; it houses the icon of the prophet Elia that, according to the tradition, intervened to free the city from an invasion of grasshoppers. Next to the town stands the ancient church of Santa Maria di Calena, with the monumental oak tree. Towards Vieste, we can admire inlets and little promontories: it is one of the most beautiful naturalistic views of the Gargano, with the bays of San Nicola, Manaccora and Calalunga, spangled by towers.

An unusual but typical element of these areas, is the presence of the so called Trabucchi, complicated wooden structures anchored to the cliff, which were used to let down fishing nets and capture passing fishes, thanks to a complex mechanism of winches and ropes, by means of branches. For centuries, this has been the only fishing method employed by the local population.

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Useful information for tourists

Useful information for tourists in Apulia

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    Identity card for community citizens; passport for extra-community tourists

  • Useful numbers:

    • Carabinieri 112
    • State Police 113
    • Firemen 115
    • Finance Police 117
    • First Aid 118
  • How to reach Apulia:

    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.

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.