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Vieste

Vieste

An important tourist resort on a rocky promontory at the eastern end of the Gargano and one of the most ancient towns in the Daunia.
The first settlement in the area where Vieste now stands dates back to between the X and VI century B.C. The origins of its name are uncertain; some say it derives from the presence of a temple dedicated to Vesta, others from the Roman name of Apeneste.
The Castello, at the top of the town, dates from the 16th century.
The Cattedrale is particulary interesting and was built in the Pugliese Romanic shape on the site of an old pagan temple. In the XVI and XVII centuries it was sacked many times by Turkish; the most dramatic incursion was that of 1554 when 70 inhabitants were deported and several hundreds citizens were beheaded on a stone (“Chiang amer”), which is still preserved in the old town centre.
A visit at the two museums of the town could also turn out to be very interesting; the first one exhibits many tombs coming from the necropolis of S. Salvatore, and the second one exhibits about 11500 shells known throughout the world. Before leaving the ancient part of the town, you can visit some characteristic shops where to buy local products. The coast between Vieste and Peschici has got a great number of Trabucchi, suggestive wooden fishing structures which represent a tourist attraction. Leaving Vieste by sea you can visit many grottos such as La Salata, a natural and archaeological reserve 7 km far from Vieste, on the coast road Vieste - Peschici. The patronal festival, S. Maria, is in May.


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