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About Vieste

Vieste was traditionally a quiet fishing and agricultural village. Once home to colonizing Greeks, Slavs and invading Turks, in the last few decades, it has drawn a steady stream of visitors eager to take in all its outdoor and natural beauty. As a resort town surrounded by the Adriatic Sea to the east and the Gargano National Park to the west, Vieste has a lot to offer in a small area. Boat tours, beach outings and picnics in primordial forests are all within easy reach in Vieste.

Vieste Weather: Summers are hot with highs averaging 34 degrees C (94 degrees F) during July and August. Winters are cool with lows averaging 5 degrees C (40 degrees F) throughout January and February.

Regional Cuisine of Vieste: Grapefruit, olives, tomato, durum wheat, olive oil, seafood

Regional Wines of Vieste: Cacc’e Mmitte di Lucera, Orta Nova, Daunia

Things to Do in Vieste: Foresta Umbra, Pizzomunno, La Salata, Monte Sant’Angelo, Chiesa di San Francesco

Where is Vieste? Vieste is located near the tip of a peninsula on the eastern flank of the province of Foggia in southeastern Italy.

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Traveler Stories

Why I love Vieste

When I was traveling abroad in search of outdoor excitement, typical Mediterranean charm and elegance greeted me in picturesque Vieste.

The first time I visited Vieste, I was taken aback by its beauty. No matter where I wandered or what part of the coastline I explored, breathtaking scenes always awaited: expansive beaches, historic seaside castles, impressive white cliffs.

The old parts of Vieste, likewise, held their own distinct and quaint allure. I saw narrow paths and stairways, attractive shops selling handmade crafts and old ladies dressed in black sitting outside their doorways enjoying contemplative people-watching. Though windsurfing was what brought me here — and trust me, it’s pretty great — there was so much more to see in Vieste than I could have imagined.

About the author

Pablo traveled throughout Italy in the summer of 2008. He prefers trains over planes and seeks out adventure whenever and wherever he can find it.

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Attractions

Portonuovo Beach

Porto Greco Beach

Those seeking seclusion and unadulterated immersion in nature will be well-rewarded by a trek to this wild bit of coast within the Gargano National Park. Without services and only partly accessible by road, intrepid explorers reach its final stretches on foot. This beach is perfect for couples in need of a little romantic excursion away from the crowds.

Address: Via Pietro Tantimonaco 20, 71019 Vieste, Foggia
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What is there to see in Vieste apart from the outdoors?

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What is there to see in Vieste apart from the outdoors?

A lot! The old town, in addition to the usual restaurants and shops, contains a number of unique attractions.

There is a cathedral built by the Normans atop the ruins of a Vesta temple that is definitely worth a visit. If you enjoy a closer look at the natural world, the Museo Malacological has an impressive collection of ancient fossils on display. Those with perhaps more morbid curiosities can visit the stone where thousands were beheaded by the Turks in the 16th century.

Insider Tip: Travel on foot and go along at a leisurely pace; there is no need for a car in the older part of town.

Insider Tip: Stick around until the evening sun when the small streets become even more beautiful.

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Travel Tips

Things worth remembering in Vieste

Fun Fact: The towering Pizzomunno monolith on Castle Beach is said to be the remains of a mourning lover transformed into a cliff by his grief.

Local Dish: Orecchiette dressed with tomato sauce and ricotta is a popular pasta dish typical of the Puglia region in which Viesta is located.

Local Day Trips: The tomb of Padre Pio at San Giovanni Rotondo is a major shrine visited by Catholic pilgrims and followers of this popular saint.

Local Hot Spots: The Via Carlo Mafrolla is ringed by boutique craft shops selling handicrafts.

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Attractions

Portonuovo Beach

Pizzomunno Beach

This sandy beach borders central Vieste, a quintessential stretch of idyllic beach which accommodates a diverse crowd, including families, couples and locals. This beach is ideal for swimmers and windsurfers in search of steady ocean breezes. Easy to get to and find, this is the most versatile beach for everyone to enjoy.

Address: Lungomare Mattei, Strada Provinciale 53, 71019 Vieste, Foggia
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How do I reach the Tremiti Islands?

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How do I reach the Tremiti Islands?

You can buy boat tickets at the marina. They will take you out to the island around 9 a.m. and back to Viesta around 5:30 p.m.

The Tremiti Islands are a good distance from the mainland Foggia and consist of San Domino, San Nicola and Caprara. If you are in the Viesta area, it is one of the best day trips you can take. You get to experience private, secluded beaches, unparalleled diving and some of the most breathtaking grottos in the region.

Insider Tip: Bring a waterproof camera! You’ll be glad you did when opportunities to shoot in pristine, crystal-clear waters present themselves.

Insider Tip: Make sure to bring appropriate swim clothes with you before leaving for the marina.

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Portonuovo Beach

Baia di Campi Beach

Offering all the essential trappings for proper devotion by sun worshippers and beach connoisseurs alike, this splendid patch of umbrella and sunbed real estate does not disappoint. Whether tanning, building moats in the sand or even paddling further along the coastline on rental canoes and paddle boats, there is much for a family or group of friends to appreciate and enjoy on this beach.

Address: Litoranea per Pugnochiuso Km. 10, 71019 Vieste, Foggia
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Portonuovo Beach

Snorkeling at Cala della Pergola Beach

The pristine waters of Cala della Pergola Beach are a treasure trove waiting to be discovered by the avid snorkeler. Schools of fish and many varieties of branching coral can be seen from afar thanks to the surprising clarity of the blue Mediterranean water. Snorkelers can revel in these underwater sights by launching directly from the beaches or from further offshore while traveling on a boat.

Address: Strada Provinciale 53, 71019 Vieste, Foggia
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Portonuovo Beach

Portonuovo Beach

Grotto-hopping is useful shorthand referring to the exploration of the numerous marine caves formed naturally out of the rocky cliffs and outcrops found throughout Vieste area. Don't miss the sea cave next to Portonuovo Beach. Taking thousands of years to form through steady ocean erosion, these formations offer an enchanting oddity and amazing photo opportunity for those adventurous enough to probe their aquatic expanses.

Address: Litoranea Sud, 71019 Vieste, Foggia
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