Surroundings

You can book trekking’s trips to the nearly Umbrian Forest or, if you love the see, scheadule a boat trips to Tremiti Island or for the beautiful sea caves that only the Gargano’s coast can donate. Is possible to devote one day for the pilgrimage to Monte Sant’Angelo for the visit to the suggestive cave of St. Michele Arcangelo or to San Giovanni Rotondo to the new chirch of St. Pio from Pietrelcina.

 

San Giovanni Rotondo

According to the tradition, the town was founded by the population of Castel Pirgiano. Not far from the town there are still the traces of the different cultures which flourished in ancient times: a menhir dating back to the 5th-4th millenium B.C., Musterian finds in the area of the lake of Sant'Egidio, Neolithic; rests of the dauno village of Gargaros-Bisanum in the town historical center. The first certain news about the town date back to the year 1095. The presence of Padre Pio from Pietrelcina, the humble young monk who was proclaimed Blessed on 2nd May 2000 by Pope Giovanni Paolo II, has deeply marked the history and the destiny of the town. In front of him, kings, princes, popes, artists, scientists, and believers of other religions, such as Anglicans, Buddhists, Hindus, all bended down conquered by his great strength. The monk contributed to the accomplishment of great works dedicated to humanity, such as the "Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza", a modern hospital, and the modern Sanctuary built next to the ancient small church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

 

Isole Tremiti

This beautiful archipelago, made of three main Islands, is a picturesque sight of raggedy cliffs, sandy coves and thick pinewoods, surrounded by the glittering dark-blue sea. They were used for the internment of political prisoners during Benito Mussolini's Fascist régime. The islands' main facilities are on San Domino, the largest and lushest island. It is ringed by alternating sandy beaches and limestone cliffs, offering the visitors the charm of its caves, among which the one of the Viole, with the walls covered by centauries and cinerarias, and the Bue marino cave, shelter of the monk seal. Easily defended, the small San Nicola Island is the traditional administrative center – a castle-like cluster of medieval buildings rises up from the rocks. The third and fourth island, Capraia and Pianosa, are uninhabited. Boats regularly make the brief crossing to San Nicola from Peschici’s port.

 

Peschici

Perched above a turquoise sea and tempting beach, Peschici clings to the hilly, wooded coastline. It is a pretty resort area with a tight-knit old walled town of Arabesque whitewashed houses. The Living zone of the town perches on a limestone headland witch strikes 100 meter to the Adriatic Sea and towers above a nice beach. The historical center, still intact, swarms up from the touring port to the Svevo Castle. The suburb is made of a labyrinth of little streets, squares and stairs, with the white houses typical for the sea architecture of Apulia; and interesting small local shops, selling food and handmade objects.  The cost is created by limestone crags, often broken with splendid caves which is possible to visit only from the sea whit the boats. The vegetation is mostly created by the pine trees, which descend until the sea.

 

Monte S. Angelo

One of Europe's most important pilgrimage sites, this isolated mountaintop has an extraordinary atmosphere. Pilgrims have been coming here for centuries; the object of devotion is the Santuario di San Michele. Here, in AD 490, St Michael the Archangel is said to have appeared in a grotto to the Bishop of Siponto. He left behind his scarlet cloak and instructions not to consecrate the site as he had already done so. During the middle Ages, the sanctuary marked the end of the Route of the Angel, which began in Mont St-Michel (in Normandy) and passed through Rome. In 999 the Holy Roman Emperor Otto III made a pilgrimage to the sanctuary to pray that prophecies about the end of the world in the year 1000 would not be fulfilled. His prayers were answered, the world staggered on and the sanctuary's fame grew.

 

Grotte Marine

The Gargano is one of the most beautiful coastal areas of Puglia. The best way to enjoy the beauty of this land is that to spent a day in a boat trip which will allow you to see 40 kilometers of the Gargano coast by a vantage point. An amazing scenery all along the coastline from Peschici through Vieste and Mattinata: The caves, coves, enchanting beaches, fantastical natural arches and high white cliffs with funny features and names. You will find the arc of lovers, the Tomatoes cave, the emerald cave, and finally the beautiful bay of Zagare. The tour ends with a relaxing stay at the Bay of Campi where passengers spend a couple of hours before returning.

 

La Foresta Umbra

The Umbra Forest is a protected reserve that covers approximately 400 hectares and it is part of the Gargano National Park. The Forest is very old and even fire and deforestation it preserves his majesty and variety with a rich variety in species, trees and shrubs. In underbrush, there are several kinds of herbaceous flora: orchids, anemones, violets or cyclamens. Beech tree is the symbol of the Forest, It could be 30 mt. high with straight trunk, lots of branches and thick mane. The rich fauna hosts the shy “capriolo italicus”, protect species by WWF. Others mammals who live in Foresta Umbra are badges, wild cats and martens. About birds there are several woodpeckers, predator birds sparrow. The Information point is close to the naturalistic museum, which shows Foresta Umbra flora, archeology about Paleolithic and Neolithic age and Garganic fauna with 200 stuff animals that live in this park. Mountain biking lovers can rent a bike to make the visit more excite.