Rodi Garganico is perched on one of the most beautiful peninsulas in Southern Italy, surrounded by soaring limestone cliffs, lush forests and turquoise bays. The town is set within Gargano National Park and offers plenty of opportunities to play, explore and eat.
Things to do in Rodi Garganico
Friendly and laid-back, Rodi Garganico is an excellent base for exploring the Gargano Promontory. Scenic drives along the coast showcase beautiful views over the Adriatic Sea. Stop to cool off at the sandy beaches and enjoy lunch at a local seafood tavern in the charming village of Vieste.
Gargano National Park occupies the entire peninsula and protects the ancient forests of Umbra, Quarto and Spigno. The 120,000-hectare park is laced with scenic trails that take you through centuries-old beech, oak and pine forests.
Cruises depart from Rodi Garganico Harbour and whisk you to the Tremiti Islands. The archipelago is famous for its world-class diving and snorkelling, with the chance to discover underwater caves, submerged statues, rock arches and even the wreckage of a World War II plane. Visit the 11th-century Santa Maria a Mare Abbey on San Nicola Island and spot rare falcons on San Domino. You can also visit a series of hidden sea caves.
Like most Italian destinations, Rodi Garganico is proud of its local cuisine. Local restaurants will tempt you with their menus of Apulian cuisine, including durum wheat focaccia, fresh burrata cheese and “Orechiette” pasta. Mussels and clams harvested in Varano Lake are local specialties. Wash down your meal with a glass of Puglia wine.
Getting around Rodi Garganico
Rodi Garganico is compact and easy to get around on foot. The town is located within Gargano National Park and is a 1.5-hour drive from Foggia and 2.5 hours from Bari. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore Rodi Garganico and the peninsula at your own pace. Naples International Airport is a 3.5-hour drive away.