Vieste, Italy Travel Guide
Vieste is a small but beautiful town on the most eastern part on the Gargano peninsula of Italy in the Puglia region. At its core, this town is a fishing village, but it offers a holiday or vacation traveler wonderful sights and beautiful culture and tradition. One of the unique aspects of this ocean side town is that it has a lot to offer individuals, couples, and families. Also, the local people welcome tourists and make them feel comfortable and welcome whether in Vieste hotels, restaurants, or historical sights, or activities.
Not interested in the introduction and want to dive right in? Here are some quick links:
We have a page about Vieste beaches
Accommodations gives valuable advice about where to stay – the hotels in Vieste
Our Village Guide gives specific information about some of the unique sites you can visit
Vieste Restaurants and Cafes goes over the general categories of eateries, with some suggestions
Our Guide to Camping in Vieste describes one possible way to enjoy this beautiful Italian town
Our Blog gives the very latest information about other wonderful area destinations
You will not forget the water after you visit Vieste – the deep rich blue ocean is memorable due to the fact that the water is unbelievably clean (The Gargano region of Puglia has been the recipient of environmental awards for having “the cleanest sea water in Italy”). Like the rest of the Puglia area, the beaches are also quite calm and perfect for many activities, and there is enough beach for a nice walk or bike ride. A Vieste accommodation near the ocean offer activities and a beautiful view of the sunset.
On your holiday or vacation, don’t miss a visit to the sea caves along the southern coast of Vieste. Then take a trip up to the deep green Puglia forest called “the Macchia Meditteranea”. There you will find exotic and breathtaking plants, trees and animals. There are hundreds of beaches for every taste. In addition to sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, or jet skiing you can explore inlets and coves. Your holiday or vacation in this beautiful seaside town will be memorable and beautiful! If you choose one of the hotels in Vieste near the coast you may have breathtaking water views. Your Vieste accommodations more inland will offer great views of nature while still having cool ocean breezes.
Nighttime is truly special in Vieste Italy. There are small bars in town and larger nightlife in other parts of Gargano and Puglia. Then the next day there is a truly magnificent sunrise that every holiday or vacation traveler must see – spend a comfortable and warm night on a Gargano area beach at least once to watch the sunrise.
Our Vieste Guide
Our Coverage of Vieste, Italy
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Other Excellent Websites about Vieste:
The page on Wikipedia provides an excellent overview of this town
Trip Advisor has an excellent travel guide, with great information about hotels
This page is a comprehensive travel travel guide. You may need to translate it
Why we love Vieste
How many holiday destinations can you find that have wonderful beaches with soft sand and water that has won awards for purity, a lovely downtown with a lot to do and a great personality, many historical sights, and fun nightlife? And the people of Vieste are welcoming and enjoy the fact that you have chosen their town as your holiday destination. They are proud of their town and its history and hopeful that you will come to love it as much as they do. Finally, how many holiday vacation destinations can you choose where if you actually decide you want to explore the area outside where you are staying, there is wonderful nature, nightlife, and historical sights to see beyond the area where you are staying?
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Vieste Italy History
Vieste and the entire province of Gargano is rich and dynamic. It’s castle, which is very central to the town, was built in 1240 by Frederic II as a necessary fortress for this town that was vulnerable from the water – given the long coastline it would need to defend. From smaller groups of pirates to large armies, Vieste was often under attack, and while at times the town was occupied by invaders, the castle was generally an important and effective defense along with nearby cliffs where those who kept watch could see any potential invaders coming.
Close to the castle there is a Cathedral, the “Cathedral of the Assunta” which was constructed in the 11th century. The Vieste Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the entire Gargano area. The Cathedral was always a central social meeting place and cultural center, and remains so today. During times of trouble people would gather there, and during better times people would go to enjoy each others’ company. The Cathedral helped pull the community together and give the sense of pride and togetherness that is still evident today.
During you trip to Vieste it is worth pursuing a tour, either specifically of these two bildings or of the entire town. You might also enjoy a boat tour of the Vieste coastline from the water. These historical lessons will be unforgettable for the adults and fascinating for the kids.
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Vieste Italy Travel
Deciding exactly when to got to Vieste can be complicated, especially if work and school schedules are not major factors. This beautiful town offers many different activities and attractions that you might enjoy at any time of year. In fact, frequent travelers to Vieste Italy often purposely choose to go at different times of year in order to vary the food, activities, and nightlife they might enjoy. This is also good news of course for those who must go during school vacation, or specific times when they can take off from work, since you almost can’t lose as far as when you go.
But let’s say you do have some say, then when should you plan your Vieste vacation? Let’s start with the factors that may lead to your decision:
What to Do in Vieste Italy
Here are just a few examples of whgat you can do on your Vieste Holiday:
1. Wonderful coves along the coastline are there to explore. These caves and inlets will take you away from it all and engulf you in their natural beauty. You will need to go to most by boat, and they can provide hours of exploration and fun.
2. There is a beautiful jetty on one of the main Vieste beaches called “Pizzomunno”. Going out from the beach at least twenty meters, this jetty is wonderful to explore for anyone interested in nature, sea life, and just natural beauty. This beach is particularly fun for families with children, and the jetty is one reason why.
3. Vieste has a forest of pine trees near the above mentioned coves which present a perfect place to relax and hike. This is a great place to take pictures, have a picnic, or just enjoy the beauty of nature. THis forest of pines in near everything so it provides the chance to enjoy nature in just a quick diversion.
4. Of course one highlight of any trip to Vieste, especially for the nature enthusiast, is the Umbra Forest. This large and lush forest on the outskirts of Vieste presents such a nice contrast to the ocean side views of the town. Many people miss visiting the Umbra Forest because they are so busy in the town and on the beaches, but it is really worth the trip.
Price of travel
The cheapest time to travel to Vieste is the two times of year referred to as “Shoulder Season” – roughly the spring and fall. Because fewer people take trips at these times, especially expensive trips to Europe, airline tickets are cheaper, Vieste itself may be less crowded, and the costs of many things may go down. These times also offer the most moderate weather – warm enough to go swimming in the ocean almost every day, but not too hot. If you do not have work or school schedules to keep in mind, the shoulder seasons is likely a great choice.
The Weather in Vieste
As we mentioned above, shoulder season may also be the most comfortable weather wise, given that Vieste is so far south and summers can be very hot. Winters in Vieste are far from cold, but they do offer fewer really pure beach days than other times of year. So it really depends on your hopes for your trip to Italy – are you a beach person who wants to lie out and enjoy the clean waters, or are you a nature lover who wants to hike the forest and then enjoy the nightlife indoors?
Vieste weather patterns are something that of course every traveler might be interested in, whether to decide what to pack, when to go, or what to plan to do. Of course we would say that a variety of Vieste weather – with real seasonal changes for example, makes this travel destination so much fun and the potential activities so varied, but for some who are looking for a more specific experience the Vieste weather can be very important. We can help you plan by going over the seasonal weather in Vieste Italy:
– Summertime weather in Vieste Italy is usually hot, but not to an uncomfortable degree. In July and August expect average temperatures around 25-30 degrees celsius (77-86 degrees farenheit, with rain about once per week. There is not unexpectedly usually a little wind that comes off the ocean, and the humidity can be moderate to high at times. So a usual summer day’s weather in Vieste Italy is hot, a little humid, with a comfortable breeze.
– Fall brings a cooling but not beyond leaving the days warm. The Vieste Italy weather in the fall might still leave s few days where you can go swimming, with average October highs around 19-23 degrees celsius (66-73 degrees farenheit), and that same cool westerly breeze. The humidity picks up a bit in the fall as well, and there are almost twice as many days of rain. Thus an average day’s weather in Vieste Italy in the fall is warm and comfortable, with a breeze and the possibility of a little refreshing rain.
– Winter brings cool, but not cold on most days, with daytime average temperatures in January around 10-14 degrees celsius (50-57 degrees farenheit) during the day and 3-7 degrees celsius at night (37-45 farenheit). It tends to be foggy in the winter and as with fall there may be rain every third day or so. Every once in a while there is even a touch of snow. So the average weather in Vieste in Winter is cold but not overly so, with a little cool rain and a little more breeziness
– Spring: 9-17, higher wind, lots of precip
Crowds in Vieste
One thing that many travelers to Italy do not realize is that the holiday vacation season in Europe is much more pronounced than it is in the US. In August and early September many Europeans take holidays at the same time, especially if they are going on beach holidays. So if you avoid those times your trip to Vieste may be less crowded (if you ant it that way – some people enjoy meeting a lot of people), though this beautiful holiday town does not get too crowded at any time anyway.
You should ask your travel agent or perhaps even contact a travel expert in Vieste to see what special events are going on at certain times of year. There are festivals and other events that you may either want to avoid due to the crowds or because the celebration is not interesting to you, or perhaps make sure you are there for if they sound fun and exciting.
Who else will be in Vieste Italy
At certain times of year Vieste and other holiday towns tend to have certain populations of visitors. If you want to meet people from all over Europe, you should visit Vieste during the late summer as noted above. If you are traveling alone or as a couple, you may want to avoid heavy family times during school vacations. And on the other hand if you want your kids to have a chance to meet other kids, you may choose to travel to Vieste Italy during school vacations.
So you’ve made the excellent decision to travel to Vieste for your holiday vacation. You can’t go wrong given all that this wonderful area of Italy has to offer. That said, we’d like to offer some helpful tips for your holiday vacation in Vieste Italy:
1. Choose your accommodations in Vieste Italy carefully.
There are many choices from hotels to houses to villas. Even within the group of hotels there are small family run accommodations as well as larger chains. The amenities will differ between hotels and villas – our Accommodations page may help you decide.
2. Choose the location of your accommodations within the town carefully.
Vieste is not a large area but you can be near the beach or right in downtown. You can also be away from it all and still within walking distance of most everything. Your view from your hotel or villa may also be important – make sure to ask what your particular accommodation will face.
One of the oft overlooked positives about traveling internationally is that your children might meet new friends from different countries and different cultures. Also, Vieste Italy accommodations that are used to families traveling with children may be more patient and accommodating about noise.
4. Don’t skimp on time spent on your Vieste Italy Holiday.
Sure, this one is obvious, but the town and the are in surrounding Gargano have so much to offer you just don;t want to be rushed and miss anything. Check out our “Gargano” page and you’ll see what we mean.
5. Bring your appetite, and be adventurous about it.
There are so many terrific places to eat in Vieste Italy and surrounding Gargano that you may be sorry if you decide to skimp. And since so many restaurants are so good – from the bigger to the smaller to even the holes-in-the-wall, be adventurous about where you eat. And as far as weight gain? Don’t worry, the beach is so beautiful that you can take a long enjoyable walk to burn off the calories. There are also plenty of ocean sports you can partake in.
6. Be brave in choosing your activities.
There are many exciting things to do in Vieste Italy such as parasailing and scuba diving. You may have to be brave to do these, but they will be incredibly fun. When parasailing you will be able to check out the beautiful town and surrounding area of Gargano by air, and scuba diving in the award-winning clear waters cannot be beat.
7. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice from locals.
The people in this wonderful town are glad you are there, and look forward to sharing their rich history and everything there is to do. They hope you will enjoy your trip and are genuinely friendly and helpful. As opposed to other travel destinations, you do not need to hesitate to get to know the local people.
8. Meet other Vieste Italy holiday travelers too.
Vieste Italy is an international destination for individuals, couples, and families. You should be able to meet new people who are also enjoying the sights, and take advantage of being able to learn about their part of the world and their own culture.
These are just a few travel tips for your trip to Vieste. You may come away with your own tips for new travelers to the region and we hope you will share them in the comments section below. It’s hard to go wrong with your choice of traveling to this beautiful Italian town, so writing a travel tip page was perhaps the easiest task yet as far as our website! We will update this page as time goes on, both with new tips from our readers and our own new ideas about tips for accommodations, sightseeing, eating, exploration, and activities in the area.
Our advice on subsequent pages about hotels, restaurants, and activities in Vieste Italy remain up-to-date. In some cases we have added newer places. If you’ve recently traveled to this wonderful town and notice anything on our site that it is not up-yo-date, we hope you will let us know! thanks for looking into Vieste!