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About Gargano

Though not as famous as places like Florence or Rome, Gargano is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. Sitting on the Adriatic Sea, Gargano is often referred to as the "spur" of the Italian boot. You will find a very diverse area when visiting Gargano, including a number of beaches, several picture-perfect medieval villages and a national park.

Gargano Weather: Temperatures in Gargano are warmest in July with an average temperature of around 33 degrees Celsius. The region is coolest in January with an average temperature of around 11 degrees Celsius.

Regional Cuisine in Gargano: Fresh seafood, lemons, olives, olive oil, liquor, sweets

Regional Wine of Gargano: Rosso di Cerignola, Aleatico di Puglia, San Severo

Things to Do in Gargano: Tomba di Rotari, La Salata, Castel del Monte, Santuario di San Michele, Museo Malacologico

Where is Gargano? Gargano is an area in the Italian region known as Puglia. It is located about 380 kilometers from Rome and 292 kilometers from Naples.

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San Giovanni Rotondo

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hotels from 39.1 USD per night
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Vieste

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hotels from 25.66 USD per night
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Why I love Gargano

The word "magical" is the best way I know how to describe my visit to Gargano. I honestly felt as if I had arrived in the middle of a fairy tale.

One of my most wonderful memories of this trip was visiting a local restaurant near the beach. My friend and I were seated outside where we could see the water and feel the ocean breeze. We saw fishermen arriving at the restaurant with their catch, and visitors were invited to help. At that point, I knew that we would be treated to some of the most fantastically fresh seafood we had ever had, and I was not disappointed. Paired with an amazing local wine, this was one of the best, most memorable meals we experienced on our trip through Italy.

About the author

Christa has traveled through Italy due to her work and love of art. She lives in the U.S. but considers Italy to be her escape.

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Peschici

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hotels from 36.66 USD per night
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Is it better to drive to Gargano or take a bus?

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Is it better to drive to Gargano or take a bus?

The area of Gargano is easy to drive around by car, so if you want to rent one and drive to Gargano from Rome or Naples, it’s certainly possible. In fact, it’s very easy as most of the driving is via expressway. Sightsee along the way and take your time driving along the gorgeous coastline.

Trains and buses are also available from Rome, Naples and Bari. Once you arrive, local transportation is available, but the area is also great to walk around in, giving you even more opportunities to enjoy Gargano as locals do.

Insider Tip: If you drive to Gargano on the A25, exit at Scafa and spend 15 to 20 minutes seeing the sanctuary in Manoppello.

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Manfredonia

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hotels from 41.54 USD per night
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Rodi Garganico

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hotels from 30.55 USD per night
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Things worth remembering in Gargano

Fun Fact: Gargano is very mountainous; if you want to see something amazing, a visit to Monte Sant’Angelo, built in the mountains around the 13th century, is well worth the trip.

Local Dish: La Caravella Ristorante, which is located close to the Monte Sant’Angelo sanctuary, serves traditional seafood dishes and pasta alla zingara, a regional specialty.

Locals Love: Any local will suggest that visitors see the holy grotto under the sanctuary where it is said St. Michael once appeared to patrons.

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How can I get a taste of local life in Gargano?

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How can I get a taste of local life in Gargano?

One of the best tourist experiences you can have in Gargano is to stop by the Odori Sapori, which is located at Largo Tomba di Rocari not far from Monte Sant’ Angelo. Here, you can try the local specialty known as the ostie ripiene, or filled communion hosts. This treat reflects the religious focus of the area. Filled with a deliciously sweet mix of caramelized almonds, you will probably want to buy some to take with you on the next leg of your journey.

Insider Tip: Don’t forget to ask for a sample of the local liquor, Amaro O Limon, which is made with regional olives and lemons.

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