What to see in Vieste, Tourist Itineraries

Vieste, due to its particular position, is an excellent starting point for discovering the wonderful Gargano area. You will find a beautiful village, wonderful beaches and a coast to be discovered.

Places to see in Vieste and in the Gargano

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the old town village of Vieste

The historic center of Vieste, commonly called "Vieste Vecchia", stands compactly on a rock overlooking the sea that extends from the beach of the castle ...
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Marina Piccola

Marina Piccola is a bay in the center of Vieste, one of the most fascinating places. The bay goes from Punta San Francesco to Punta…
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The sea caves of Vieste

The coast of the Gargano, especially the stretch that goes from Vieste to Mattinata is one of the most evocative landscapes of Puglia: high…
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The Pizzomunno

Pizzomunno is an imposing limestone monolith 25 meters high. It is located at the beginning of the beach south of the town, called "del Castello"…
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The Lighthouse of Vieste

The Lighthouse of Vieste, admirable from most of the city, stands on the islet of Santa Eufemia (or more precisely Santa Eugenia), located between Punta Santa…
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Vignanotica beach

The Vignanotica Beach is located along the Provincial Road 53 which connects Vieste to Mattinata, right on the border between the two municipalities. It is…
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The Umbra Forest

The Foresta Umbra nature reserve is a protected natural area located in the innermost part of the Gargano National Park. He owes his…
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Peschici is about 20 km away. north of Vieste, on the coast, between a crystal clear sea and green pine forests. Peschici, ninety meters above the sea,…
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Zagare Bay

Baia delle Zagare or Baia dei Mergoli has become one of the symbolic beaches of the Gargano also thanks to the presence of high white cliffs and…
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Punta San Francesco

Exploring the historic center of Vieste, you cannot miss a visit to Punta San Francesco. The small peninsula is the tip of the rock on…
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Scialmarino beach

Also known as “Spiaggia Lunga”, the Scialmarino beach is located about 4 km from Vieste on the coast road in the direction of Peschici, not far…
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San Lorenzo beach

San Lorenzo beach is the first beach on the north side of the center of Vieste, it is about 1500 meters long and in…
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The Castle of Vieste

The Swabian castle of Vieste stands on the edge of the historic centre, on a cliff overlooking the sea overlooking the Scialara beach…
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Vico del Gargano

The village of Vico del Gargano, located in the hinterland of the north of the Gargano, not far from Rodi Garganico and Peschici, is included among the "villages…
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Campi Bay

The bay of Campi is located about 10 km south of Vieste and is surrounded by a beautiful Mediterranean landscape with Aleppo pines.
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The Cathedral of Vieste

The Cathedral (Basilica) of Vieste is located in the upper area of ​​the medieval village, more precisely a few steps from the Swabian castle, its construction…
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The Scala dell'Amore

The stairway of love was created on the occasion of the 1st Vieste in Love, painting one of the stairs that connect the high gate of the city…
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Lake Lesina

In the heart of northern Puglia, hidden among the wonders of the Gargano, lies the majestic Lake Lesina. With its nearby lake…
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Rhodes Garganico

Rhodes Garganico

Rodi Garganico is located in the northern part of the Gargano, west of Peschici, about 35 km from Vieste. The historic center of Rhodes, such as…
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Pugnochiuso is a tourist center located on the coast between Vieste and Mattinata, 20 km from the town of Viestana. The resort was strongly desired by…
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The Trabucchi of the Gargano

Trabucchi, very ancient fishing tools, are widespread along the entire coast from Vieste to Peschici (where there is no promontory on which it does not rise…
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Scialara beach, Pizzomunno

Scialara beach

  Scialara beach is perhaps the main beach in Vieste. It is on the slopes of the limestone massif on which the…
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Petrone Square

History of Piazzetta Petrone Piazzetta Petrone is not only an enchanting corner of the historic center of Vieste, but it is also a place steeped in…
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Lake Varano

In the northern part of the Gargano we find the lakes of Varano and Lesina. These wetlands, as well as that of Lake Salso, constitute…
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Cala della Pergola

Cala della Pergola is located about 20 km from Vieste, and can be easily reached directly by car through roads that wind through…
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La Chianca

So named for the homonymous rock (chianca, stone) located in the center of the small bay, the beach is located 8km north of Vieste. Wide…
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Molinella beach

Molinella beach is located less than 4 km from Vieste in a northerly direction. It is a quiet beach with a shallow sandy bottom…
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Archaeological Museum of Vieste

Inaugurated on 27 June 2019, the "Michele Petrone" archaeological civic museum in Vieste is located inside the former Capuchin convent "Beata Vergine degli Angeli",…
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The Bay of Portogreco is a small natural "port" immersed in the verdant Mediterranean scrub.
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Portonuovo beach

The Portonuovo beach is located a few kilometers south of the center of Vieste, just after the Scialara beach, with…
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Saint Menaius

San Menaio is a town located about 40 minutes by car from Vieste and halfway between Peschici and Rodi Garganico. This…
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Crovatico beach is located about 10 km from the center of Vieste. It is about 330 meters long and 40 wide. The seabed…
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Monte Sacro Abbey

Monte Sacro, thanks to its 872 meters of altitude, can boast the toponym of "mountain". It is the confirmation that sacredness manifests itself above all…
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La Salata Necropolis

The most important cemetery complex of the Gargano is that of the Necropolis La Salata, which is located a few steps from the sea of ​​Vieste, in…
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The Chianca Amara

Adjacent to the Cathedral of Vieste is to remember a rock called "la Chianca Amara", a monument to human ferocity, on which women,…
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Bay of Pigeons

Baia dei Colombi is a small hidden bay, about one km north of the center of Vieste. The Bay of Pigeons takes its…
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Kalena Abbey

The Abbey of Santa Maria di Kalena, located about 1,5 km from the center of Peschici in a plain between the woods of Monte Pucci…
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Defensola mine

The Defensola mine in Vieste has been considered for many years a cornerstone of European mining archeology for the extraction of flint, both for…
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Vieste is an ideal destination for those seeking relaxation and golden sandy beaches. The beaches are generally sandy and shallow, excellent for those wishing to enjoy the sea on a family holiday.
Almost all the beaches around Vieste are wide and deep and it will therefore be easy to find a place that suits your needs. On these beaches the crowding and confusion, typical of other seaside resorts, are rarely a problem. The closest beaches to the town center and within walking distance are the San Lorenzo beach (on the north side in the direction of Peschici) and the Skiing, also known as “of the castle” (on the southern slope towards Mattinata). Continuing south we find beautiful and wilder beaches, while to the north the coast is gentler and shallow. For those wishing to experience the thrill of a swim in the historic centre, they can still do so at alla ripa, Or Small Marina.
In addition to the beaches, the Old Town, rich in culture and history, deserves interest. Among the intricate and characteristic streets we find the cathedral, with its beautiful bell tower that stands guard over the city. In this area there is also the Frederick castle, from which it is possible to admire the Pizzomunno, limestone monolith, symbol of the city of Vieste, on the Scialara beach.

The verdant coast of the Gargano, one of the most beautiful in the world, offers to the most attentive and curious gaze natural arches, such as that of San Felice, and splendid natural cathedrals, le sea ​​caves. The coast is interspersed with white cliffs that offer unexpected cultural scenarios: i Trabucchi and Coastal Towers, witnesses of a past in which the sea represented, even more than today, a source of opportunity and danger. The trebuchets, very ancient wooden fishing tools, are widespread above all along the stretch of coast that goes from Vieste a Peschici. The watchtowers, built along the entire coast in the XNUMXth century, represented a fundamental means of defense against the frequent attacks of Saracen pirates. Nature lovers will be happy to enjoy the rural landscape, with centuries-old olive trees and Mediterranean scrub, and it won't be difficult to come across animals in a semi-wild state grazing a few meters from the sea.
For lovers of greenery, an excursion in the countryside is truly unmissable Umbrian forest, 10.000 hectares of untouched flora and fauna which also lend themselves to trekking and mountain biking.

For those wishing to explore the other villages of the Gargano, excursions are recommended Peschici (only 20 km), Rhodes Garganico, Vico del Gargano, but also the beautiful pilgrimage destinations Monte Sant'Angelo e San Giovanni Rotondo

These are some of the places to visit and the experiences that Vieste offers to its visitors, an invitation not to be missed…

Things to do in Vieste and in the Gargano

Boat excursions to Vieste

Venturing out on a boat to explore the Gargano coast is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have during a holiday in Vieste.
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Kitesurfing in Vieste

Thanks to its beauty and the constant and moderate winds and sandy beaches with shallow waters, Vieste, since the 80s, is…
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The tastings of the Merinum Cellars

Immersed in the ancient olive groves of the Padre Pio estate, Cinzia, wine producer and sommelier, will accompany you on a journey through aromas and scents to discover the…
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Jeep Safari Excursions

Discover the naturalistic beauties of the Gargano aboard a Jeep, visiting the Umbra Forest and other naturalistic areas to discover the less…
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