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The town and the promontory on which it stands are dominated by the Castle, built by Frederic II and fortified by Charles of Anjou. A famous gift pertaining to the Christian charity of these people, in the region of Puglia, is their hospitality, gratified by Father Pio and named by him the house of Suffering and of Comfort, which was joined then by the humble convent of the Cappuccini Fathers. This place now is a Hospital donnated with the most modern sanitary equipments. Vieste, Rodi Garganico, Pugnochiuso are connected by sea to the Tremiti islands In summer, by a shipping line which starts from Manfredonia. Here the charm of the landscape cannot be expressed indeed by words.

Vieste rises on the extreme eastern peak of Gargano between two sickle-shaped beaches. From the Convent of Saint Mathew to San Marco in Lamis, the pilgrims would gather themselves on the old route leading to San Severo, in order to worship the Grotta (where Jesus Christ was born) and the image of the Archaengel Michele on the mountain of Sant'Angelo. The landscape is evocative, of a matchless beauty. All around the " faraglioni " and the reefs, the sea-gulls unceasingly are flying about. The seashores of Rodi, San Menaio, Peschici are with Vieste the most picturesque ones in all Gargano because of their beauty and the width of their coasts often shaded by thick pine-woods, as also for the surrounding country rich in orange-groves and flowered gardens. Behind the beaches to the west and to the east, the country is luxuriant and rich with citrus orchards and vineyards. A little bit further down you find San Giovanni Rotondo (at 600 meters on the sea level) where still lingers the great spirit of Father Pio of Pietrelcina, and of the pilgrimages. The Cathedral built on a roman temple overlooks the white houses. The huge white " faraglione " called " the Pizzomunno " rises lonely upwards.

Behind the monastery, on the cliffs of Monte Castellano, you find the monumental Via Crucis, which is adorned by shrines, made out of solid granite, which cherish bronze statues representing the Fourteen " stations ", having been sculpted by a famous artist, Francesco Messina. Everywhere hospitality is kind and moderate. The people living in these small villages, in the mountain regions, from the solitude of these places were inspired to create fantasies, to invent names of animals and mysterious characters who possess a magical strength. Most of the town extends between the Castle and the roadstead limited by the cape of San Felice, which stretches towards the reef on which rises the Tower of the Lanterna, and by the cape of San Francesco where the small church dedicated to the Saint is situated. During the Middle Ages, as a matter of fact, the Basilica of San Michele, was the destination for all the pilgrims: on this place many famous Popes and Saints have kneeled to his Grace: San Francesco D'Assisi. After overcoming Testa del Gargano, with the rocky cliffs streching to the sea, it is possible to visit the charming Baia delle Zagare with its green covered faraglioni dotting the transparent and deep blue water, an Pugnochiuso with its very modern hotel unit, a private beach in a silent creek, the swimming-pools, restaurants, the shops of the small residential center, the hall for Conferences, exibitions and banquets. The mountain air, coming from the forests close by, in pure, fresh and aromatic; it helps restore your senses, damaged by the city pollution, in a peaceful and natural way. To the south, the " Testa del Gargano ", the farthest point of the promontory stretches on the blue sea and it can be reached through the new coast road between Vieste and Mattinata.

Puglia is a region of faith and myths. Vieste and the other centers of the Gargano Promontory can be easily reached: by car, through the highways going from Naples to Canosa and from Rimini to Bari; by railways, tanks to special fast and express trains through the lines Roma-Foggia-Bari and Milano-Bari-Lecce. The new Saint of Gargano - writes Giovanni Bronzini in his essay on " the land and the people of Puglia " - who have inherited the attributes and the power of the previous Garganic personalities, " who was loved and feared as Saint Michele ". The view of small town from the sea seems especially fit for the nature which surround it: the white and narrow houses lean one upon the other, in rows here and there broken by stair-alleys, often surmounted by flowery arches, and by very small squares.

San Giovanni Rotonto, placed on the peak of Gargano, is an ideal place to spend, in spiritual serenity, a healthy vacation, far away from the frenetic daily life. Vieste is the queen of Cape Gargano, at the center of a natural landscape which is one of the most beautiful in the world. These legends and traditions, created by the inhabitants of this region, took roots in their lives, in the wilderness, which later on was superposed by the Christian faith, therefore changing all these legendary names into Archaengels and Saints. The hotel and tourist facilities of Vieste, Peschici, Pugnochiuso, San Menaio and other places are modern, irreproachable and provided with all comforts. Even now crowds of pilgrims and of tourists coming from all regions of Italy and from all over the world, come to San Giovanni Rotondo, to pray to His Tomb on the Krypton of the Sanctuary of Saint Mary Delle Grazie, and to beg the Lord to cure them of all spiritual and physical evils. To the south, where the promontory fails perpendicularly to the sea with a high rocky wall, the soft and white beach called "of the Castle " extends on a slight slope to the sea. The mark that the Seraphic (angel), left having posed his cheek against the stone, which is still being shown to all the tourists; and also many other saints like Santa Caterina Da Siena, and San Tommaso D'Aquino. The white Vieste "whose name us as light and kind as the hesitation of a first half-closed kiss ", exerts a great charm on the soul and feelings, of those people who visit it and stay there, and this whether they be poets or simple tourists.

The Premontory is rich in Sanctuaries and Monasteries: at San Marco in Lamis, at Monte Sant'Angelo, at San Giovanni Rotondo. And then Mattinata, with its roofs of a dazzling whiteness in the green of olive and almond trees, whose name - Bacchelli recalls - is linked to the rising hour of the day. In the summer time it is easy to get to the beach on the Garganic Riviera, since it is placed at a short distance. Beyond the cape of San Felice the large beach of San Lorenzo stretches for seven kilometers to north-east of Vieste. The legends, the traditions, the superstitions, are still alive among these people who are bewildered by the picturesque and mysterious scenery of the Gargano, of the Apennines Mountaines, of the Murge, and of the enchanting Umbria Forest. And then you can see Rodi Garganico, white on a rock, San Menaio, Peschici, also laid down on a small rocky promontory, a mild and bright center with its gilted beach and the low houses dominated by the medieval Castle.