Gargano National Park (Parco Nazionale del Gargano) Tours and Activities
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Part of a lush promontory along Puglia’s coastline, the Gargano National Park (Parco Nazionale del Gargano) is just the place for travelers needing a respite from urban chaos. Known for dramatic coastal cliffs, Adriatic views, and vast expanses of countryside, the park is also home to the San Giovanni Rotondo pilgrimage site.
Covering more than 467 square miles (1,209 square kilometers), the Gargano National Park—one of Italy’s largest—is part of the boot-shaped country’s “spur,” and includes a small archipelago. Known for its abundance of natural beauty and diversity of terrain, the park is named for Monte Gargano, a mountain on the promontory.
Explore the coastline, the park’s two lakes, or the Vieste sea caves by boat. Hiking is also extremely popular, and organized walking tours take you through Gargano’s natural wonders on foot. And check out San Giovanni Rotondo, where St. Padre Pio is buried—day trips to the village depart from cities such as Bari, Foggia, and Sorrento.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Many of the park trails and some boat tours aren’t accessible to wheelchairs—confirm in advance.
- Modest clothing covering shoulders and knees is required to enter the sanctuary at San Giovanni Rotondo. The church is accessible to wheelchairs.
How to Get There
If you’re driving to the Gargano National Park, take highway A14 and exit at Poggio Imperiale or Foggia. If you’re taking the train, get off at the Foggia or San Severo station, then hop on a local bus or train to the towns located inside the park.
When to Get There
Summer temperatures soar in Puglia, making midday hiking and cycling uncomfortably hot. Get started early, or opt for a boat tour, stopping for a dip in the Adriatic. Alternatively, explore on foot in spring or fall.
The Pilgrim Sanctuary at San Giovanni Rotondo
The main claim to fame of the small medieval town of San Giovanni Rotondo is the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, home of the crypt where the remains of Padre Pio—a local priest canonized in 2002—are kept. One of Italy’s top pilgrimage destinations, the town recently added a dedicated sanctuary designed by the architect Renzo Piano.
Address: Via Sant’Antonio Abate 121, Monte Sant’Angelo 71037, Italy
1 Tours and Activities to Experience Gargano National Park (Parco Nazionale del Gargano)
Take a hike around Gargano National Park, and learn about the area and its plants from a guide. As you walk, soak up seafront views and admire the greenery of this beautiful part of Puglia. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included from Foggia or Bari.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Frequently Asked Questions
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