Vieste is a small fishing town in the Apulia (Puglia) region of Italy, located
on the most eastern part on the Gargano Peninsula. Known as the 'Pearl of Gargano', the town Looks out across
the Adriatic Sea. It is hard to believe this quaint haven has such a violent past. Located in a strategic
location, the town was often invaded by pirates and conquerors from all over the Mediterranean.
During the 15th and 16th century the town was attacked by Turkish invaders. In the old section of the town there
is a rock known as Chianca Amara (bitter stone), this is where thousands of local Christians were beheaded by the
Turkish leader Rais Dragut in the 16th century.
Pope Celestino V sought refuge in Vieste in 1295, after he was hunted by the newly appointed Pope Bonifacio
VIII's secret police. It wasn't long before he was seized in town. He was taken to the fortress of Castel Fumone
near Ferentino where he was confined. He would later die on the 19th May, 1296 behind the walls of the fortress. In
1240, Federick II had a castle built on the top of Vieste so he could enjoy his pastime, hunting. At night you can
see the lights of the castle from all over Vieste.
Today the town is the most popular town on the promontory, surrounded by amazing blue waters, coves and rocky
shorelines. The town has won numerous environmental awards for its clean clear waters.
Things You May Not Know About Vieste
It is home of the trabucchi , an ancient wooden fishing structure.
The Chianca Amara (bitter stone) was where thousands of local Christians were beheaded by Turkish leader Rais
There are two important festivals of Vieste celebrated each year and both are in honour the patron saints of the town. One
involves a statue the other involves an omelete!