Almost a region within a region, the Gargano National Park encompasses an area of more than 120,000 hectares, providing a home for countless habitats.
The Park harbours several protected areas, including the Marine Reserve of the Tremiti Islands, an area unlike anywhere else thanks to the extraordinary beauty of its sea beds and natural caves.
Inland, the Gargano promontory is home to the last pocket of the verdant Umbra Forest, which was already a vast habitat in prehistoric times.
There are numerous options to explore the park on foot or by bike, thanks to the activities organized by the park's visitors centres, organizing bodies, and municipalities: itineraries and thematic excursions dedicated to sport, nature, food and wine, history and art, and religion.
The park, which extends into 18 municipalities, features many tourist attractions, including the sites of San Giovanni Rotondo and San Marco in Lamis, the Swabian castle of Monte Sant’Angelo, Manfredonia's castle, and the coastal towns of Peschici and Vieste.
A walk in the Gargano National Park will reveal its great biodiversity. You can admire towering beech trees, Turkey oaks, and hollies and encounter deer, badgers, foxes, as well as examples of the hundreds of animal and bird species that live here. Untamed habitats sit near fields, olive groves and vineyards, providing a stunning setting and offering unforgettable views.
To get to the Gargano National Park by car, take the A14 Bologna-Taranto highway and exit at Poggio Imperiale, if coming from the north, or at Foggia, if coming from the south. If coming by train, get off at Foggia or San Severo, from where you can take a bus or local train to your final destination.
The Umbra Forest, the green lung of the Gargano National Park, sits at roughly 800 meters (2,625 feet) above sea level, safeguarding a thousand-years old history. The shady green expanse is home to beech trees, turkey oaks, oak trees, maple trees, and holm oaks. The highest tree of all is the holm oak of Vico del Gargano, which tops off at 50 meters (165 feet) and has a circumference of 5 meters (16 feet). It grows in front of a Franciscan convent where it was supposedly planted by the friar Nicola da Vico, who died in 1719.
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