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Its past records as series of
colonisations and sackings by pirates and Turks, such
as that by the cruel privateer Dragut Ra´s in 1554.
The story recounts that he ordered the beheading of
all the town's infirm and elderly, who could not be
taken off and sold into slavery. About 5.000 "Viestani"
were killed near the Cathedral, on a hummock that has
taken the name of di chianga amara (biiler stone).
Thanks also to its port, today Vieste is the Gargano
's best-equipped and most popular tourist resorts,
boasting a large number of coves and unspoiled bays as
well as beaches with all the full seaside facilities.
centre of Vieste. - Wander
round the evocative side streets of the historical
centre of Vieste where time seems to have stood still,
following a route from which a hun-dred-year-old
"Trabucco"-old timber structures used to cast fishing
nets into the sea-leads to the heart of the old city.
Cross the Piazza del Seggio to arrive at the "Chianca
Amara"- bitter stone - which was the site in 1554
of the Saracen massacre. Continue towards the
Cathedral to finish at the Swabian castle.
Along the way, there are stops for tastings of
The marine grottoes of
Vieste - The most evocative scenery is provided by the
numerous and beautiful grottoes along the coast from
Vieste to Mattinata.
To visit: Of great historical interest is its
Romane-sque-Apulian style Cathedral which conserves
admirable 16 -century art works, such as the wooden
statue of Santa Maria dý Merino; then there is
Frederick's Castle built in 1240. Moving on to
archaeological sites, there is the Necropoli della
Salata, with its tombs dug into the earthen and rock
walls; and the historic centre, with its maze of
narrow alleys, arches and whitewashed houses, in best
Curiosities: Legend has it that the venerated wooder
statue of Santa Maria di Merino, conservÚe today in
the Cathedral, was found on a beach between
and Peschici and contended for by the two villages.
But just when it was about to be taken to Peschici by
cart, the horses refused to budge, so the statue's
destiny was to remain forever in Vieste.
Dates: 2 April: Patronal Festival of San Giorgio
7/8/9/10 May: Feast of S. Maria di Merinc August:
ViesteFilmFest (film festival)
Folk and religious festivals
better known as "the Spur of Italy" or "the
Mountain in the sea", is a fascinating area and
full of surprises, which is definitely worth visiting
and discovering. If you have come here because you
were attracted only by the landscape, we suggest you
take advantage and discover something of the
thousand-year-old edge of land.
islands - The green archipelago of the
Tremiti islands explodes out of the blue of the water
of the Adriatic: composed of 3 islets, it is an
area that is still today an almost untouched and
uncontaminated paradise. The breath-taking scenery is
embellished by marine grottoes, hidden inlets,
overhanging cuffs and pine forests of Aleppo pine
trees. What dominates it all is the S. Nicola
Forest - first curious thing is the "umbra"
name itself which has nothing to do with the green
Umbria region, but which refers to "ombra" (shade),
"dark", given that the area is thick with vegetation.
Today Gargano is a
the Umbra Forest is its heart, the point of reference.
In addition to pleasant walks along cleared paths, you
can visit the little
ake, the Daini park and the Forest Museum. -
Padre Pio -
Gargano was already famous in the times of the
Crusades because of the pilgrimages of soldiers from
the Cathedral of the "Archangel Saint Michael "
to Monte Sant'Angelo. Today the Gargano
is also well known because of the mild Capuchin monk
Padre Pio from Pietralcina who stopped
off at San Giovanni Rotondo and lived here as a
saint, thereby attracting millions of pilgrims from
all corners of the world. Must sees are the Via
Crucis, the Chiesa Antica (the Old Church), the
Convent, the Chiesa Nuova (the New Church) and the
very recent Church wished for by the same monk and
designed recently by Renzo Piano. -
Folk and religious festivals
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