Choosing the Gargano promontory for your holidays means not only treating yourself to appealing relaxation immersed in nature, but also experiencing a context in which tradition is still alive and kicking, and celebrated year after year with a wealth of events.
Visit the Gargano promontory and be prepared to be overwhelmed by its whirlwind of typical Apulian tastes, scents, colours, and sounds.
One of the best times for visiting Rodi Garganico is spring, when the colourful and scented sagra dell'arancia (orange festival) takes place. In fact, Rodi Garganico produces IGP-marked citrus fruit including Femminello lemons, Duretta oranges, and Bionda del Gargano oranges.
In addition to sampling the fine citrus fruit from the festival stalls, you can also participate in the performances by local folk groups.
Inland Gargano deserves a trip for the evocative event held at Easter time in San Marco in Lamis: the Processione delle Fracchie procession. The Fracchie are huge wooden torches that, according to tradition, are made to guide Our Lady along the obscure path leading to the body of Christ on Good Friday.
Each year, as customary, Rodi Garganico celebrates its patron saints on 2 and 3 July. The town streets become the route for a number of processions in honour of patron saints Maria SS. Della Libera and San Cristoforo (Saint Christopher).
You will also love the market fair with local food and arts and crafts, and the musical entertainment in the evening.
Carpino, a picturesque small town by Lake Varano, is the setting of an event promoting the conservation of the local musical repertoire, made of tarantella and tammuriata. Singers' voices alternate to, and blend in with, antique musical instruments like tambourines, castagnole and chitarra battente (strumming guitar), bringing Apulian folk music back to life.
Singers' voices alternate to, and blend in with, antique musical instruments like tambourines, castagnole and chitarra battente (strumming guitar), bringing Apulian folk music back to life.
The Gargano promontory also treasures a collection of truly diverse natural gems, with the sea playing the lead role, scattered along one of Italy's most beautiful stretches of coast - not surprisingly awarded with the Blue Flag.
The wonder list includes the Tremiti Isles (San Domino, San Nicola and Caprara, the largest), whose coasts unwind with grottos and tiny coves created by erosion, plus Lake Lesina and Lake Varano.