The territory of the Province of Foggia is the second largest in Italy after that of Bolzano, which rose to the top of the ranking after the downsizing of the Province of Sassari. It has more than 600,000 inhabitants and overlooks the entire Adriatic Sea. After the establishment of the new Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, it lost 3 municipalities that are now part of the new province.
Its capital, Foggia, is located in the center of the famous Tavoliere delle Puglie, the second largest plain in Italy, and has about 150,000 inhabitants.
The Tavoliere delle Puglie, together with the Subappennino Dauno and the Promontorio del Gargano, is one of the three natural regions that make up the Province. Also part of it are the beautiful Tremiti Islands, which are part of the Gargano National Park and have been a Marine Reserve since 1989.
Recommended hotel: Masseria La Chiusa delle More (Peschici)
Foggia, a land rich in history…
Testimonials of the numerous civilizations that have lived in these lands are the numerous castles present in the region. In the Province of Foggia, we remember the beautiful Castle of Monte Sant'Angelo and the Swabian-Angevin Castle of Manfredonia.
…and wonderful beaches
The beaches of Vieste are highly appreciated in the province: the Long Beach is one of the best known and frequented while the beach of Porto Greco is more solitary, less easy to reach, and devoid of services. We also recommend visiting the beaches of Rodi Garganico and Baia di Manaccora, as well as the beautiful beach of Baia delle Zagare, in Mattinata.
Recommended hotels: Hotel Il Porto (Mattinata Gargano)
What to visit in Foggia
The Tremiti Islands represent the smallest municipality in Puglia, but also one of the most important tourist centers. The archipelago, awarded several times with the Blue Flag for the quality of its waters, offers a panorama characterized by suggestive limestone rocky coasts, cliffs, sea stacks, and marine caves.
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Castle of Monte Sant'Angelo
The Castle of Monte Sant'Angelo represents ten centuries of history and bears witness to the alternation of peoples, dominations, and different architectural styles. Located northwest of the town, the Castle highlights in particular the Aragonese influence. Not to bemissed are the square tower, the Tower of the Giants, and the Treasure Room.
The Gargano Promontory, home to the eponymous national park, from a biological point of view, turns out to be an island separated from the rest of the peninsula, such is the environmental diversity and richness that characterizes it. Defined as "the spur of Italy", it is of karstic origin and is a place of myths and legends; to be visited inside it is the splendid Umbra Forest and the characteristic village of Peschici.
Castle of Manfredonia
Today home to the National Archaeological Museum of Manfredonia, the Castle is characterized by a strong geometric regularity, which reveals its Swabian origin. Despite this, like many other Apulian castles, it also presents traits that highlight the presence of renovations, transformations, and restructuring resulting from the various dominations. Between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Castle was used as a prison.