Monte Sant’Angelo

Curiosities:

  • Monte Sant’Angelo is the highest inhabited center of the Gargano
  • Since 2011 it is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Basilica of San Michele
  • In 2017 it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Umbra Forest (click here)
  • There’s a characteristic historical district of more than a thousand years called “Rione Junno
  • There are many typical sweets to taste, including ostie ripiene (hosts with almonds and honey)!

Not to be missed:

The Basilica of San Michele

Symbol of Monte Sant’Angelo, the Basilica was built on the spot where the Archangel Michael appeared in a cave for the first time.
Access to the Basilica was originally uphill.
After the arrival of the Angioini (from France) in Monte Sant’Angelo, access is by descending 86 steps.

The entrance to the Basilica of San Michele, a UNESCO heritage site

Millions of pilgrims have visited the Basilica over the centuries.
On the walls of the cave there are imprints, drawings, signatures in modern and ancient languages ​​to witness.
In the oldest part of the cave were found signs in the runic language (le Rune), dating back more than 1500 years.
Is possible to admire the most ancient and fascinating part visiting the lapidary museum at a cost of 5 euros.
Many kings, Popes and illustrious figures have passed through this cave, including Pope John Paul II in 1987.

Visiting the “Rione Junno”

The Rione Junno is the oldest and most characteristic district of Monte Sant’Angelo.
The small and white houses of the “Rione” seem to be part of a crib.
In these small houses lived families of 10 people in spaces of less than 30 square meters.
Most of the time people shared the same bed with animals like horses and donkeys.

The Rione Junno, medieval district

Lose yourself in the alleys of this original district, among breathtaking views and scents of the past is a unique experience.
During your visit to the Rione Junno, do not forget to visit the Complex of San Pietro (Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and Tomba di Rotari) and the Tancredi META Museum.
META is a free museum that will tell you about the arts and traditions of Monte Sant’Angelo and Gargano.

Travel Tips:

– Pay attention to the opening and closing times of the Basilica of San Michele (closed from 12.30 to 2.30 pm and after 7.00 pm);

– Visit the Norman – Swabian – Angevin – Aragonese castle (it is not a joke, it has really four different styles);

– Enjoy the panorama of the Gulf of Manfredonia from the “Belvedere”;

– Do not miss the visit to the abbey of Santa Maria di Pulsano and the valley of the hermitages 9 km from Monte Sant’Angelo (click here);

– Taste the typical products: from the famous Bread of Monte Sant’Angelo, to the Caciocavallo Podolico, to the most disparate desserts including Ostie Ripiene, the cartellate, the poperato and the calzoncelli;

– If you are still not satisfied, you can end the day by eating a mega panzerotto (obviously fried) at “Sixty-Seven”;

The tours that we offer have the pick-up service from Monte Sant’Angelo (click here for more information);

Photo gallery:

Discover Monte Sant’Angelo

1 The Basilica of San Michele, a UNESCO heritage;

2 The Angioina stairway, 86 steps to the cave of San Michele;

3 The cave of San Michele Arcangelo,

4 The Norman-Swabian-Aragonese-Angoian castle;

5 The medieval district “Rione Junno”, seen from META;

6 The “Rione Junno”, another perspective;

7 The Santissima Trinità Church in Piazza De Galganis;

8 Ostie Ripiene, the typical dessert of Monte Sant’Angelo;

9 Panoramic view from the Belvedere;

10 The Scannamugliera path, via Francigena del Sud;

The TOP of the Gargano

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