Palace Hotel Vieste


From the coast of the Gargano, moving off into the sea that washes the shores of Puglia, you can explore the Islands Tremiti, that consists in the Islands San Domino, San Nicola, Capraia and Pianosa. The Tremiti Islands, also called Diomedee, are part of the Gargano National Park and represent a stage that every visitor to the Gargano should not pass up. The charm of the Tremiti Islands are in the rocks, cliffs, rocks and inlets, caves, coves, rocks and cliffs that surround themselves with a sea that takes your breath away.
It’s a landscape which slowly shows itself to tourists and guests that push themselves, by ferry, to these islands, many times awarded the blue flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Nowadays, Tremiti Islands are a “protected marine reserve” and are one of the most famous and popular holiday destinations in Puglia. The guests of Palace Hotel Vieste have the possibility to include, in their holiday on the Gargano, an excursion that we are sure will prove unforgettable.


Tremiti Islands are an archipelago in the Adriatic Sea, located 12 miles north of the Gargano promontory and 24 miles East of the coast of Molise and Termoli. Administratively, the archipelago constitutes the district of Italian Tremiti Islands with 496 inhabitants in the province of Foggia in Puglia.

The district is part of the Gargano National Park. Since 1989 a portion of its territory constitutes Tremiti Islands Natural Marine Reserve. Despite being the smallest and the second least populous municipality of Puglia (with fewer inhabitants there is only Celle di San Vito), is one of the most important tourist centres in the region.

For the quality of its bathing water has been repeatedly awarded the blue flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Monte Sant’Angelo

Starting from the Palace Hotel Vieste and moving inland, in the heart of Gargano National Park, we arrive at the town of Monte Sant'Angelo, a symbol of history, culture and religion of the Gargano. The most important place, the emblem of Monte Sant'Angelo is the cave of Archangel Michael, on which stands a shrine, where since antiquity pilgrimages arrive: believers from all over the world arrived in the Gargano to visit the Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo.

Monte Sant'Angelo is a city with a religious character, but also full of historical and artistic heritage. The whole medieval quarter “Junno” is very important for the urban and architectural aspect; the “tomb of Rotari” is a 12th-century Baptistry with precious finds on the portal.

The Castle of Monte Sant'Angelo is on a hill, from which you can admire much of the surrounding area, from the Gargano to the Gulf of Manfredonia, to the “Tavoliere” and the Murge. Among the possible excursions to explore the Gargano, Monte Sant'Angelo is a visit to the historical and spiritual character and tourists can embark on a journey of discovery of corners of history, art and tradition.

San Giovanni Rotondo

Related to the life of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, San Giovanni Rotondo is today one of the most important destinations of Christian religion, which brings on the Gargano million faithful and eager people to know the places in which the Friar with the stigmata operated and lived:

the Nursing Home for the Relief of Suffering, the convent of the Capuchin Friars and the new sanctuary, impressive work of architecture, built to accommodate the thousands of people who daily travel to San Giovanni Rotondo.

Guests of the Palace Hotel Vieste are far few steps from a spiritual place that fascinates even nonbelievers.

Umbra Forest

Once again, starting from the Palace Hotel Vieste towards inland of the Gargano promontory, tourists can visit Umbra Forest, one of the most characteristic and savage of the indoor areas of Gargano. Once the Umbra Forest occupied the Gargano promontory, while today it has decreased, limited to that part of Gargano that touches the municipalities of Vico del Gargano, Monte Sant'Angelo, Peschici and Vieste.

The grandeur and charm of the place, however, have not been affected and the Umbra Forest, part of the Gargano National Park, is a corner of nature rich in diversity of species and forms of trees and shrubs.

Tourists can reach very easily this unspoilt and rich in natural beauty without equal place, so as to include this path to that of the many tours that the territory offers: clear water and transparent Adriatic surrounding the Tremiti Islands, the coast of Vieste, the history and art of Monte Sant'Angelo, the spiritual and religious character of San Giovanni Rotondo.

Gargano Coast

The coast of Gargano is characterized, between Mattinata and Vieste, by numerous caves, matching limestone mass fracture planes and carved by wind and sea erosion over the centuries. The caves of the coast of the Gargano are characteristic caves with a strong charm, that enchant tourists with extravagant shapes and colours beyond description, created by the sea and the glimmers of light that wind between the folds of rocks.

The caves of Gargano have different names, based on the shape that draw between water and sky. We have the “broken” cave or the “bell” cave, or, indeed, the cave “of the two eyes”. Next to the caves, between bays, huge cliffs and rocky walls falling sheer into the sea: this movement between water and sky, between the beach and the rock allows the Gargano coast look like that particular characteristic that made her famous throughout the world.

The coast of the Gargano is not only made of rock, but also by the beautiful beaches of fine sand or pebbles. Guests of the Palace Hotel Vieste will be able to enjoy the beautiful landscape described above from the windows of the Hotel or exploring the Gargano.