Vieste is known as the ‘capital’ of Gargano and located at Pizzomunno cliffs between two sweeping sandy beaches. Vieste is surrounded by the Adriatic Sea and separated from the Apennines by the Tavoliere plateau. Because of the landscapes, the gritty harbor offers water sports, while the surrounding Parco Nazionale del Gargano is perfect for cycling and hiking. Other than the famous beaches, Vieste also offers a lot of wonderful sights and beautiful culture and tradition.
1. Vieste City Center
It is a special part of Italy and when it comes to Vieste, there are so many fantastic place in the old city of Vieste that you should definitely take time to visit. Piazza Vittorio Emmanuele, Pizzomunno, Arch of San Felice and Umbra Forest are all popular. Definitely an experience!
Vieste City Center
Address: Vieste, 71019 Province of Foggia, Italy
2. Spiaggia di Vignanotica
Vignanotica beach is absolutely one of the tourists’ favorite beaches in Vieste. Surrounded by a wall of bright white limestone cliffs, Vignanotica beach offers a pebble beach with many beautiful caves carved by the sea. The water is blue, there are some waves and the sand is soft. So many people enjoy it, so it can get very busy on Sundays. But it’s still worth the visit if you’re in Vieste.
Spiaggia di Vignanotica
Address: Litoranea Vieste Mattinata KM 8,000, Vieste, Italy
Website: Spiaggia di Vignanotica (in Italian)
3. Historic walking areas; Borgo Antico di Vieste
Borgo Antico is one of the famous tourist places in Vieste. People gravitate here for that little bit of relaxation, to explore the streets and do some shopping. It has a huge variety of shops, galleries and a range of dining options to suit everyone’s taste of food, especially pizza, along the way. There are many restaurants here, where you can have dinner, or a simple and quick snack. You can also buy take-out pizza and a beer nearby.
Borgo Antico di Vieste
Address: Via Cesare Battisti ,11, 71019, Vieste, Italia
Website: Borgo Antico (in Italian)
4. Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is a beautiful Roman Catholic cathedral in Vieste. It was built as a dedication to the Assumption of Mary. It was built in Apulian Romanesque style and has a basilica plan with a nave and two aisles. The bell tower was rebuilt in Baroque style in the 18th-century after the old one collapsed. This cathedral is a must-see when in town.
Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
Address: Via Cesare Battisti ,11, 71019, Vieste, Italia
Website: Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
5. Museum of Malacology
Museum of Malacology in Vieste finds its origins from the passion of its owners for travels and for shells. In the beginning there were only 4,600 specimens but nowadays the collection counts 12,500 from all over the world. In addition to the exhibition of shells, there is also a section dedicated to sea fossils, some of which come from Africa, Madagascar and Morocco.
Museum of Malacology
Address: Via Adriatica Nord, 240, 63064 Cupra Marittima (AP)
Website: Museum of Malacology
6. Trabucco: a Gargano traditional fishing cabin
Trabucco is an old fishing machine and traditional fishing cabin that can be found along the Adriatic coast of Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia. These machines were built at seashores over the rocks on robust wooden piles on which rests a wooden platform. By visiting the Gargano fishing cabins, you will definitely have an incredible fishing experience.
Trabucco: a Gargano traditional fishing cabin
Address: Strada Provinciale 52, 71019 Vieste
Contact Number: +39 3274276205
7. Mercato di Vieste
When it comes to shopping, Mercato di Vieste is the best place to get some souvenirs at very good prices. These shops sell mostly local produce, a few souvenirs, spices, fruit, food and everything you need. The market offers an exciting shopping experience in Vieste. Don’t miss it!
Mercato di Vieste
Address: 71019 Vieste, Province of Foggia, Italy
Website: Mercato di Vieste (in Italian)
8. Chianca Amara
Vieste was attacked by the pirate Dragut Rais in 1554. During that time, an estimated 7,000 people were imprisoned and about 5,000 people including women and children were killed inhumanely. They were repeatedly tortured and beheaded on “Chianca Amara” or “bitter rock.”
Address: 1019, Vieste, Italy
Website: Chianca Amara (in Italian)
9. The Vieste Lighthouse
The lighthouse of Vieste was built in 1867 on the cliff of Santa Eufemia. Besides issuing three light beams every 15 seconds, it is located in a strategic position for the navigation routes of the Adriatic Sea. Visitors can also climb the lighthouse and see for miles along beautiful Vieste and be fascinated by seagulls that are flying freely. Worth a visit!
The Vieste Lighthouse
Address: Scoglio di Santa Eufemia, 71019 Vieste, Italy
Website: The Vieste Lighthouse
10. Motobarca Desiree Grotte Marine di Vieste
Its beaches is the main reason why people visit Vieste. Visiting the Sea Caves of Gargano is one of the incredibly awesome experiences any of us could ever have. On board a motorboat, you will enjoy the fascinating sea caves, cliffs and swim in the beautiful hidden coves. With stunning, clear water and beautiful beaches, the sea caves tour is the perfect way to enjoy the most beautiful sea caves of Italy.
Motobarca Desiree Grotte Marine di Vieste
Address: Lungomare Vespucci, Molo Sud - Vieste
Vieste, the pearl of Gargano
Vieste is one of those places in Italy that you will have great memories of, and there are some incredible things to do in Vieste. We hope that this list has helped you discover some hidden gems that perhaps you hadn’t thought of visiting yet!
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