Sea, nature, lakes, history and culture

Foresta Umbra

Foresta Umbra is a protected nature reserve, among the most important and extensive in Europe. It boasts multiple biodiversity of flora and fauna, subject to various studies and scientific research worldwide. In the forest there are many paths for trekking, mountain biking, bird watching, etc. as well as several picnic areas and equipped refreshment areas. On warmer days you can cool off in the forest, or admire the magic show of the snow in winter!


Isole Tremiti

Also known as Diomedee, the Tremiti islands are the only archipelago in the Adriatic Sea. Just 12 nautical miles from the Gargano coast, they are one of the most important excursions that leave directly from the tourist port of Peschici. Ancient legends are linked to these islands with crystal clear waters, rich in history starting from the 4th century BC to the present day.


I Trabucchi

The Trabucchi are ancient fishing machines built directly on the rocks, not to be confused with the Trabocchi of Abruzzo, that are stilts built directly in the water. Along the Gargano coast, it is possible to see several trabucchi, still functioning, of different sizes. The smallest ones are usually used by a single person, and the largest ones have become restaurants that offer, everyday,freshly caught fish. A photo at sunset is a must!


The Marine Caves

The Gargano is full of surprises! Hidden beaches, caves and stacks are visible and accessible only by sea. One of the most suggestive excursions! You will see the territory from another point of view. You will find yourself under the majesty of the white limestone rock,you will see the beautiful Peschici overlooking the sea with its ancient medieval castle and you will admire the Trabucchi from a totally different perspective. An unforgettable experience.

Lesina and Varano Lakes


The lakes of Lesina and Varano are among the largest by extension in southern Italy. They are very important for the fishing of eel and capitons, but also for the great biodiversity of flora and fauna developed around them. It is possible to make several excursions by boat or canoe inside the lakes, as well as take different paths, or visit the ornithological observatory, have fun in its adventure parks or go to discover the isthmus: that tongue of sand so thin that separates the lake from the sea.

San Giovanni Rotondo – Monte Sant’ Angelo


San Giovanni Rotondo with its churches dedicated to Padre Pio is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world.
The “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” hospital is one of the most important and avant-garde medical centers in the world, wanted directly by the Saint when he was still alive.
A few kilometers from San Giovanni Rotondo we find Monte Sant’Angelo where we can admire the cave of the apparition of San Michele Arcangelo and the very important Basilica dedicated to him.

The Saracen towers, castles and historic centers


We can find many Saracen watchtowers along the whole Gargano coast. In the past, these towers were used to communicate the attacks of enemies from the sea. The message was launched by lighting a fire from tower to tower so that it would go far to prepare the castles and inhabited centers for defense or to ask for military help.
Most important of all the castles is certainly the castle of Monte Sant’Angelo. The castles and all the old historical centers of Peschici, Vieste, Vico, and of all the Gargano municipalities are also very suggestive.

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