FEBRUARY
12-13-14-15
   
Vico del Gargano, a very ancient town is located in a privileged position on the Montagna del Sole (Sun Mountain is the ancient name of Gargano), at a height of 445 metres on a rock promontory between the sea (6 Km distance), San Menaio and Calenella and the Foresta Umbra (10 Km distance). This is one of the nine Apulian municipalities that received the label of “I Borghi più Belli d'Italia” (the most beautiful villages in Italy). Its fine hill region makes sure the summer heat and the winter cold are milder. It is an ancient town located on pre-historical settlements. It was called in this way because of the Schiavoni called by Otto I around 900 A.C. Vico enchants its visitors with its old town centre located on the three main centres of Civita, Terra and Casale. Its past is full of pre-historical witnesses (noteworthy are the necropolis of the Mount Tabor and Pucci). The Norman-Swabian period marked the development of Vico del Gargano. Witnesses of that time are a castle, probably built by the men of Frederick II of Swabia around the year 1240, and the walls including towers and churches. The old town centre is made up of narrow streets, old houses called “a pujedd” (row houses with external staircases, with houses in the upper floor and a space under the staircase used as a barn or a warehouse), the remains of the walls and the towers. Noteworthy is the “Trappeto Maratea”, an ancient oil mill used for olives that still keeps a wooden press dating back to 1317. The Palazzo Della Bella, a strange building of the first years of 1900 inspired by the 1300 template of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, is the last destination of the walk through the old town of Vico. Just outside the town, we can find the charming Capuchin Monastery with a centuries-old holm oak (17 mt of height and 5 mt of diameter) and inside, a miraculous crucifix as well as paintings by Vaccaro and Borghese. The convent of Santa Maria Pura, still outside the town, is a historical compound of great value that according to the tradition, is laid on more ancient structures, probably the Temple of Calcante. In 1618 Saint Valentine was declared as the patron saint of the town and its orange gardens. The relics of the saint are located in the Collegiata dell'Assunta and taken in procession every 14th of February. That day, the people in love living in the surrounding areas, taste the juice of the blessed oranges as if it was a love potion and exchange sweet kisses in the Vicolo del Bacio (the Street of the kiss), a narrow street of the old town only 50 centimetres wide. Worthy to be visited: Castle, Mother-Church, Chiesa della Misericordia, Church of our Lady of the Angels (Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli) and Saint Peter's Church.

   
 



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