The Hill Town of Taormina, Sicily

The Hill Town of Taormina, Sicily

No visit to Sicily would be complete without taking the cable car up to the hill town of Taormina. It may be true that the town is buzzing with tourists, but there is good reason for this: a dazzling mixture of spectacular views, historic buildings, cannoli and ice...

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Food of the Gargano Peninsula

Food of the Gargano Peninsula

As any traveller knows, you can always eat well in Italy. The Gargano Peninsula is no exception, and it has an added advantage: the fields, hills and coastline of Gargano, and the surrounding Puglian countryside, are responsible for the production of much of Italy’s...

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Wildlife of the Gargano Peninsula

Wildlife of the Gargano Peninsula

One of the many pleasures of visiting the Gargano Peninsula is the sheer abundance of its wildlife. The unspoilt countryside and variety of habitats make this the ideal environment for all manner of birds and animals. Even in the towns you will find an unusual number...

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Enjoying Nature in the Gargano National Park

Enjoying Nature in the Gargano National Park

It was the ideal place for a walk. Cool and shady, the path stretching invitingly into the distance. And birds calling to us from every tree.   The Umbra Forest The Gargano National Park covers the whole of the Gargano Peninsula, including the coastal wetlands,...

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The Grotto Church of San Michele at Cagnano Varano

The Grotto Church of San Michele at Cagnano Varano

We came across it by chance. Driving alongside Lake Varano, a few kilometres from the town of Cagnano, we spotted an inconspicuous road sign pointing to the Grotta di San Michele. We hadn’t heard of it, and didn’t expect to find anything more than one of the many...

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A Visit to Monte Sant’Angelo

A Visit to Monte Sant’Angelo

High on a hill in Puglia’s Gargano National Park, 800m above sea level, the Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo has been a pilgrimage site for centuries. Today it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a recognition of its artistic and historic importance. In a way, it is...

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Exploring the Hill Towns of the Gargano Peninsula

Exploring the Hill Towns of the Gargano Peninsula

Drive around the Gargano Peninsula and you will see towns and villages of white-walled buildings perched on the hilltops. Many of these towns look as if time has passed them by, providing a glimpse of a way of life that seems to have disappeared from other parts of...

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Things to do on Puglia’s Gargano Peninsula

Things to do on Puglia’s Gargano Peninsula

There is far more to Italy than the tourist hotspots, and Puglia's Gargano Peninsula is comparatively neglected by overseas visitors. But, as I discovered, this is a beautiful region with plenty to see and do… Walking and Cycling As long as you don’t mind hills, this...

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Valley of the Temples: Sicily’s Greek Heritage

Valley of the Temples: Sicily’s Greek Heritage

Nestling among the wilds of the Sicilian landscape, the Valley of the Temples comes as a surprise. Sicily is unmistakeably Italian: we had explored hilltowns and Roman remains, and spent long evenings with Italian food and wine. But here we were, in a pocket of...

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