Parco Nazionale del Gargano

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Parco Nazionale del Gargano

Parco Nazionale del Gargano
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Laura P
Sarasota, FL10 contributions
Wild part of Italy
Sep 2019 • Friends
I have to agree with Max—to access this rugged area it is best to have a car. Yes there are taxis for hire but bear in mind they may know less about the area than you do. Review what and where you want to do before you get in the car with them. DO equip yourself with lots of water regardless of activity level. This is fire country, windy, dry and desert-like. DONT walk the main roads under any circumstance. In addition to Gargano, consider roping this in with a visit to Campo Basso area (Molise, Termoli are well worth a visit and often get neglected as it is not considered “mainstream Italy” on tourist routes). Have fun and be safe!
Written 13 September 2019
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Seeking True Quality
Europe2,977 contributions
Gargano is different ... and beautiful!
Oct 2018
On our way to Vieste, we had a tiny glimpse of this National Park. And that glimpse instantly became an invitation for a future visit!

As our driver was negotiating the tight curves of the Strada Statale 89 Garganica, we saw vast areas of unspoiled forest - the Foresta Umbra, steep slopes, the beautiful blue Adriatic Sea below. We also saw impressive tunnels near Mattinata, at least four of them. We had two stops to take pictures: just outside Manfredonia and near Vieste, at the Torre di San Felice...

The Gargano peninsula is unique!
Written 13 August 2019
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Fiona D
Glasgow, UK18 contributions
A beautiful park in a beautiful part of Italy
Apr 2019 • Solo
I hired a car and travelled through here - it was breathtaking. Highly recommend going out your way to visit.
Written 2 July 2019
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Bram N
12 contributions
Nice parc, cool and very green
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a very nice parc. What i couldn't find on tripadvisor or internet was a map of the area. We drove to the tourist office to see what walkingpaths are there. I took a picture of the map in the office, which you can also buy for 2,50 euro.

Here is the map!
Written 10 June 2019
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marcosdias
Sao Paulo, SP72 contributions
Wonderful day trip
Sep 2018 • Friends
We made a whole day trip from the city of Foggia to visit Vieste, Peschici and the park. The cities worth a stop and visit but also the park.
Written 29 September 2018
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Niwotois
Boulder, CO358 contributions
Love Letter for Entire Gargano Peninsula
May 2018 • Couples
What a wonderful surprise was the entire Gargano Peninsula. We stayed in Peschici and spent one very long day seeing just as much as we could. There are two great drives - mountains and coast - and we were surprised that we enjoyed the mountains most of all.

The Parco Nazionale (aka Forest Umbra - "forest of shadows") is just gloriously beautiful, the last great forest in all of Puglia. It covers almost the entire interior of the Gargano with very, very tightly curving up and down roads. Throughout the forest are hiking trails, parking areas, picnic spots, most in deep, deep shadows from the huge trees. And lots and lots of bicyclists.

We started our trip west of Peschici (Pineta Marzini) and took SP144 south to SP520 (at Vico del Gargano, then on to Foresta Umbria where we picked up SP 52bis, a tortuous road down to SS272 to the base of the mountain topped by Monte Sant' Angelo. On your way (straight) up to Monte Sant' Angelo be aware of bicyclists and believe it when the sign says "curves" or "u-turns."

From Monte Sant' Angelo to Vieste, take SS89dir east to Mattinata (through some great tunnels) and then basically hug the coast the whole way up to Vieste. If you want to see as much coast as possible, at Mattinata get on SP 53, then SP54, then again SP53. If it's raining or you're in a hurry, just stay one SS89. SS53/54 is mostly high up above the ocean; you seldom are right down on the sea. There are two big stone watchtowers with parkinig areas. Both are worth stopping at for the incredible views up and down the coast in both directions. These structures - many hundreds of years old - were not fortresses or lighthouses or navigation aids, they were lookout posts for pirates or other attackers. The posts were visible from one to another and also to the major towns on the coast (Vieste and Peschici, both of which stick out on peninsulas). There is another similar watch tower west of Peschici.
Vieste is the best know and most touristy town in a very striking setting, jutting out into the sea high on a rugged peninsula. Peschici (our favorite) is much smaller and less touristy, with some resorts on both sides of the town down on the seaside. The town itself is very old (and looks it) with good restaurants, a tiny castle, winding pedestrian lanes and a very nice, family-run tourist hotel (Hotel Peschici) high above the ocean.

Monte Sant' Angelo was, for us, the real surprise. What a fascinating town - a major Christian pilgrimage site for over 1,500 years (and it looks every year of it). The major attraction is the Sanctuario, a large church built above and around the rock where St. Michael set foot (and left his footprint) around 450. You enter at street level and wind down, down, down on steps polished over the ages to the final small sanctuary cave where St. Michael appeared (repeatedly). There are two museums (5E for both and worth it) that are part of the complex. The first houses ex votos, vestments, sacred vessels, and other religious objects stretching back centuries. The other is the fascinating new Museo Lapidario (i.e. stones), a collection of decorative stone recovered from sites all over the city. The pieces are strikingly displayed and lighted in a series of caves stretching back and down. Some of these caves were places of worship 5-700 years ago. Also in Monte Sant' Angelo is an old, large Templar's castle and other old (700+ years) ecclesiastical buildings. Best parking is near the very top of the town right next to the castle/ The Sancuario is directly down below the parking lot (not that one would know that due to the lack of signs).

One tip. All three towns mentioned here have incredibly narrow, congested town centers. The best way to get to the ancient heart of the town is to follow the white signs with a bulls-eye on it and the words "Centro Storico." Best be for parking is to look for a blue sign with a big white "P" and follow the arrows until you hit a lot. If you park on the street within blue lines, be sure to note whether it's limited by time and be sure you buy a parking stub otherwise expect a 30-40E fine (believe me on this one).

The Gargano is so different from the flat, somewhat uninteresting countryside north, south and west of it. It's another world with gorgeous drives and interesting towns. It's rather out of the way for many visitors, but it definitely is worth making a special trip.
Written 25 May 2018
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xiet99
Dunedin, FL201 contributions
simply heaven
May 2018 • Couples

my husband is cyclist, so he gets to experience the parc like no other... the climb, the windy road, the vista from the top, and all the towns on the adriatic! but for me, a non cyclist, foreste umbra is simply heaven. so lush and quiet you have to see it for yourself! we had a picnic and a nap there. we'll go back this week again.
Written 13 May 2018
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kayteeMilwaukee
Milwaukee, WI397 contributions
Beautiful drive
Apr 2018 • Family
We were a little confused on where we wanted to drive in the Park, but it didn't really matter. The scenery was all beautiful and we had a great excursion through the park, so we just kept driving!
Written 11 May 2018
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mc m
Bury St. Edmunds, UK642 contributions
Beautiful National Treasure
May 2017 • Couples
We did a trip around the Gargano peninsular which include a stop here.It was a delightful place ,It is named for the shade it offers ,all the wonderful trees make it degrees cooler than the coast in the summer.It was quiet when we visited but what a great place for families,picnics ,biking and just enjoying the views.The area is government protected so wildlife and plants can thrive.Just breathtakingly.
Written 8 May 2017
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rodneycs
Linz, Austria354 contributions
Dry wooded peninsula on Adriatic Coast
May 2017
Hot dry wooded peninsula on the Adriatic coast half way down the eastern side of Italy. Pia Padr has his shrine here for gullible Roman Catholics.
Written 7 May 2017
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