During your holiday in Vieste you will discover the many inland mystical places that characterize the region. Among the many habitats and the numerous landscapes, the Gargano also hosts hermitages and sanctuaries, steeped in the most absolute faith and enveloped by legendary traditions.
The two most famous shrines, visited by a steady stream of pilgrims throughout the year, they are definitely those of Monte Sant'Angelo and San Giovanni Rotondo.
In Monte Sant'Angelo There is a sanctuary, right at the point where the Archangel Michael, near a cave which can be accessed with the 89 steps by a wide staircase. According to legend, in this cave had holed up a bull, escaped to his master, who couldn't pull it off, he decided to shoot an arrow to put out of his misery. Amazingly the arrow, however, came back to go and hurt the pastor. Frightened by this inexplicable event, he confided with the local bishop, who portrayed the incident as an opportunity to do penance. In those days the Archangel Michael appeared to bless the people with his protection and indicate the cave as a holy place. Since then the whole area became a place of worship and many faithful are preparing to ask for a pardon or a blessing.
San Giovanni Rotondo Instead, she is known for hosting the miracles and good deeds of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, the Friar who received the gift of the stigmata. For the society of Saint Pius the town has become a reference point for anyone needing help and healing. In addition to the shrine, in fact, here is one of the largest hospitals of South Center, the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza hospital. The religious buildings, instead, include the places where Saint Pio prayed and comforted the sick and big Church, designed by’architect Renzo Piano contemporary style, capable of seating, with its 7,000 seats, huge streams of pilgrims, and decorated with 12 fountains and several secular olive trees.
On Via Francigena, sailing in the Gargano area, you can also visit the Convent of Saint Matthew the Apostle, built by the Lombards, the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Stignano and the Santuario di San Matteo Gargano, who is also a reference point for pilgrims.
Located a few kilometers from our apartments in Vieste, shrines are of great attraction for the many faithful who choose to spend their holidays in Apulia.
The Residence Fontana Vecchia enjoys a privileged location in one of the most charming cities of Gargano sea. By our apartments You can easily reach, during your holidays, the major sites around Vieste. The latter is the ideal starting point for a tour of Puglia, for example, from the Gargano promontory to descend to the Salento and at the very tip of the boot. But it is also close to beautiful natural paradises like the Tremiti Islands, ideal for diving and snorkeling, looking so certain fish species protected and a fascinating underwater vegetation. Even the most religious will find in the Gargano a way to profess their faith, then taking in some of the most famous Mystics throughout the country, such as San Giovanni Rotondo and Monte Sant'Angelo. Also the holidays on Gargano will be great also with the Kids, that they will find many alternatives to avoid falling prey to boredom: in addition to the many possible excursions, observing the vegetation and animals, walking or cycling, children can have fun with the Jeep Safari, discovering the most inaccessible areas of the territory, or on the coast, try their hand at fishing. The Gargano offers possibilities for all types of tourist, delighting visitors with typical local cuisine. What are you waiting for? Join us at Vieste!