An Introduction to Gargano, #Italy

I just came home from Gargano, Italy, a unique corner of one of my favorite countries. And I have to say, the region impressed me well beyond my expectations.

If you look at a map, it is easy to spot Gargano because it makes up the little knob of land that juts out at the spur of the boot of Italy. It is a popular domestic vacation destination for Italians. And this makes the region feel rather authentic, as opposed to other destinations in the country popular with tourists from around the world. And you know me, I am all about getting an authentic, local experience!

Gargano has stunning beaches, charming medieval towns, an enchanting forest, grottos, islands to explore, delicious Italian food (with an emphasis on seafood from the Adriatic Sea) and a UNESCO site.

Here are pix from my trip!
A typical street in the medieval town of Vico del Gargano.
A typical street in the medieval town of Vico del Gargano.

 

An old tower turned apartment in Vico del Gargano.
An old tower turned apartment in Vico del Gargano.

 

A lighthouse near the town of Peschici
A lighthouse near the town of Peschici

 

The Gargano countryside.
The Gargano countryside.

 

My lovely cafe macchiato!
My lovely cafe macchiato!

 

I learned how to toss a pizza from a real local pro.
I learned how to toss a pizza from a real local pro.

 

Burrata-cheese-in Gargano
Freshly burrata cheese made only moments before consumption!

 

Learning to make Pasta!
Learning to make Pasta!

 

A view of Lake Varano in Gargano
A view of Lake Varano in Gargano

 

That's me in the middle of the enchanting Umbra Forest.
That’s me in the middle of the enchanting Umbra Forest.

 

Inside the Umbra Forest
Inside the Umbra Forest

 

Travelers taking a swim during a boat tour around the Tremiti Islands of Gargano.
Travelers taking a swim during a boat tour around the Tremiti Islands of Gargano.

 

The port at San Nicola island.
The port at San Nicola island.

 

Here I am literally frolicking around the island of San Nicola Island - one of the Tremiti Islands off the coast of Gargano.
Here I am literally frolicking around the island of San Nicola Island – one of the Tremiti Islands off the coast of Gargano.

 

I traveled to Gargano with a local hotel and tourism group called Gargano OK. If you are planning a trip to Gargano be sure to check out their site. Gargano as a destination certainly falls into the category of:

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Visiting here you may find yourself among other vacationers but the majority of them will be Italians themselves. And that makes for a local experience in my book.

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