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Puglia’s modern inland city of Foggia is a popular day trip from Bari and convenient base for exploring nearby Lucera, Troia, and the Gargano peninsula on the Adriatic Sea. Top attractions include the 12th-century Cattedrale della Santa Maria Icona Vetere, the archaeological collection in the Civic Museum, and Villa Comunale park.
Historically marshy and inhospitable, Foggia was finally settled in the 11th century, though most of the historic buildings that once stood here were destroyed by a series of earthquakes beginning in the 15th century and heavy bombing during World War II. Today, visitors can take in the remaining sights on walking tours that stop at the city’s cathedral, Church of the Crosses, Palazzo Dogana, and main park before setting out to explore nearby attractions such as the picturesque villages of Lucera and Troia, the archaeological ruins at Passo di Corvo, and the pristine countryside of the Gargano peninsula.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Most walking tours of Foggia include stops at its main churches, where modest clothing covering shoulders and knees is required to enter.
- Some churches and monuments are not accessible to wheelchair users; confirm accessibility in advance.
- Tours of Foggia require a significant amount of time outdoors, so wear a hat and sunscreen.
How to Get There
Foggia is a main rail hub and the main stop for the Gargano peninsula, with trains connecting from Bari and other major cities in southern Italy. Visitors can also join a tour that includes transportation departing from the port city of Bari.
When to Get There
Puglia can be unpleasantly hot during the summer months, so during this time plan your visit of Foggia’s main sights for the early morning or late afternoon, when the temperatures are a bit lower. Otherwise, plan to visit the region in spring or fall, when the temperatures are milder.
Gateway to the Gargano
Travelers wanting to explore Puglia’s beautiful Gargano peninsula often base themselves in Foggia, the nearest large city and rail hub. Beautiful Gargano National Park is set on a promontory on Italy’s southern coast that juts out into the Adriatic Sea. Known for its dramatic rocky coastline, pristine oak and beech forest, and crystalline waters, Gargano is one of the top attractions near Foggia.
Address: Foggia, Italy
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