Hinterland

The Gargano is the wonders’ promontory: by crossing this area you will be astonished by the natural beauties you can see. Almost 130 chilometers of coast, marine grottos, cliffs, bays… a mandatory stop for who visit the promontory.

A luxuriant nature in the Gargano's hinterland, a wood made by high trees, among the most ancient in Italy. In other places the green is so luxuriant that melts with the trees themselves and seems like a big green wall crossed only by little streets.

Not so far from the coast there is the Foresta Umbra, among Vico del Gargano, Monte Sant’Angelo, Cagnano Varano, Vieste, Peschici and Rodi Garganico. The Foresta Umbra develops for about 11.000 hectares and it includes: brooms, Aleppo pines, beeches, lindens, chestnuts, oaks and yews among the most ancient in Italy. Some of them seems to be more than 2000 years old; among them, the Zappino dello Scorsone (700 years old) and the Zappino of Don Francesco (a little bit younger).

Interesting is also the fauna, that includes: roe deers, martens, hedgehogs, foxes, cuckoos, ospreys, swifts, doves and turtle doves.

Peschici

Peschici is a wonderful village in a very favorable position. Try to come here at evening, where the ambience is really romantic. We suggest you to walk through the streets and visit the numerous churches and abbeys you can find here: this is the “Perla del Gargano” where traditions are well preserved. Really important are the celebration devoted to Elia , the Patron Saint of the city, who is celebrated the 19th, 20th and 21st of July: come to Peschici these days and discover the history and the real identity of the Gargano Promontory.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Rodi Garganico

Rodi Garganico is a town and commune in the province of Foggia, Apulia, south-eastern Italy. Located on a promontory east of the Lago di Varano, it is part of the Gargano National Park and of the Mountain Community of Gargano.

Rodi is center for the production of citrus fruits[3] such us Arance del Gargano (Gargano Oranges) and Lemon "Femminiello" of Gargano, both DOP products cultivated since the Middle Ages.

It is a seaside resort with several long beaches located both north and south to the town.

Rodi is located in an area inhabited since prehistoric (Palaeolithic and Neolithic) times. According to early 19th century historian Michelangelo Manicone its origins are connected to the Dauni ancient people, while, according to other version, it could have been founded by Greek colonists from Rhodes. Pliny the Elder mentions a Portus Garnae which has been identified as the modern Rodi Garganico.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Rodi was destroyed by the Ostrogoths in 485 AD and rebuilt in 553 after the Gothic War. In 950 it was attacked by the Saracens. In 1461 it was occupied by the Aragonese. Starting from the 16th century, it became one of the main center for the production and trading of agrumes in southern Italy.

(Source: Wikipedia)

San Giovanni Rotondo

San Giovanni Rotondo is the name of a city and comune in the province of Foggia and region of Apulia, in southern Italy. In 2006 it had a population of 26,442.

San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina from 28 July 1916 until his death on 23 September 1968. The Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church was built in devotion to the saint and dedicated on 1 July 2004. The city is renowned for its hospital and medical-research centre Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (Home for the Relief of the Suffering) founded by Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

The nearby Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel is also the site of Catholic pilgrimages and was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1987.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo - Monte Sant'Angelo - Foggia

The Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano, sometimes called simply Monte Gargano, is a Catholic sanctuary on Mount Gargano, Italy, part of the commune of Monte Sant'Angelo, in the province of Foggia, northern Apulia.

It is the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the archangel Michael and has been an important pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages. The historic site and its environs are protected by the Parco Nazionale del Gargano.

In 2011, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of a group of seven inscribed as Longobards in Italy. Places of the power (568-774 A.D.).

[...]During centuries, millions of pilgrims went to Monte Sant'Angelo in order to visit the “Celestial Basilica”. Among the pilgrims who visited the Saint Michael Archangel Sanctuary were many popes (Gelasius I, Leo IX, Urban II, Alexander III, Gregory X, Celestine V, John XXIII as Cardinal, John Paul II), saints (Bridget of Sweden, Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas) emperors, kings and princes (Louis II of Italy, Otto III, Herny II, Matilda of Tuscany, Charles I of Naples, Ferdinand II of Aragon).

Also Francis of Assisi went to visit the Sanctuary, but feeling himself unworthy to enter the grotto, he stopped in prayer and meditation at the entrance, kissed and carved on a stone the sign of the cross in the form of “T” (tau).

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