Among ancient forests and places of worship

Rignano Garganico

We will walk standing on a hill 590 meters high, offering breathtaking views: the Manfredonia Bay and the Gargano mountains.  Among the olive trees appears the church of Madonna di Cristo: inspires peace and recollection, with the facade and valuable “ex voto ” room inside. In Easter is the celebration of the Madonna.

San Marco In Lamis

Here on Good Friday we can see the procession of the “Fracchie“, enormous bonfires on caractheristic carts driven by characters in costume, lead beafore the Addolorata‘s statue alon the street of the centre . We will stop off at the Shrine of S.Maria di Stignano, a place in the medieval-romanesque style: it is located in a valley wich in 1216 seemed to have chermed San Francesco for its light, perfume and colourful flowers.

San Giovanni Rotondo

Originally a medieval farmhouse, San Giovanni Rotondo has become today a global centre of ecumenical pilgrimage. Since Pio, a Capuchin friar from Pietralcina arrived there , he worked in extraordinary way for 52 years, to be proclaimed Saint in 2002. His remains are now found in the crypt of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, enlarged in the late 50s for the huge turnout.. The new church designed by Renzo Piano can hold 7000 faithfuls; shaped like a shell with a vaults and stone arches , stained glass windows, an altar and cross by Arnaldo Pomodoro.

Monte Sant’ Angelo

 We will  visit the Unesco Word Heritage Site Monte Sant’Angelo, walking trought the neighborhood named Junno, past the bronze door dated 1076, down a stairway hewn into the rock and reach the cave where the Archangel Michael appared in 490. Between the fifth eleventh centuries a shrine was build wich houses the statue of St.Michael, the bishop’s throne, the silver cross of Federico II and the baptismal font.

In the highest part of the centre of Monte Sant’ Angelo, we will reach the Castle with the tower of the Giants. We will walk through shops and bakeries, that smell of bread and stuffed “Ostie” (candy filled with almonds and honey), up to the Tomb of Rotari and the San Francesco complex, wich houses the  Museum of Art and Folk Tradiction of Gargano and workshop of embroidery, lace and crochet.

Abbey of Santa Maria di Pulsano

Abbey of Santa Maria di Pulsano

We will trek on  a dirt road about 8 km from Monte Sant’Angelo to  find ancient hermitages carved into the rock. The original settlement from the late sixth century wos made by S.Gregorio Magno and in the 1130 S Giovanni from matera founded the Congregation of Hermits from Pulsano. Since 1997 the abbey is managed by a comunity of monks, which has a small guest house, a printing press, organized course of iconografy.

Umbra Forest

Naturalistic excursions and Trekking in the heart of the Gargano National Park, an ancient forest streches for eleven thousand acres, with tall beech trees, hornbeams and oaks, over 2500 botanic species and 70% of the variety of orchids indigenous to Europe, among animals we can see roe deer, wild cat and making birdwatching the rare woodpecker white back. We can take the 15 naturalistic trails accompany by our Enviromental & Trekking Guide and visit also the Natural History Museum in Villaggio Umbra.