Archive for January, 2010

A Nice Plug for Puglia

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Puglia’s tourism industry has received a welcome boost from The New York Times, which just published a travel article headlined “The 31 Places to Go in 2010.” (http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/travel/10places.html?pagewanted=1&sq=Gargano&st=cse&scp=1) Number 29 on the list is the Gargano Peninsula in the Province of Foggia. Already famous for the pilgrimage shrines of San Giovanni Rotondo (Padre Pio) and Monte Sant’Angelo (St. Michael the Archangel) and the resort areas of Vieste and Pizzomunno, the area boasts many other features that are attractive to international travelers, according to the article.
Here’s what The Times has to say:
“Far from the madding crowds of Amalfi and Cinque Terre, the Italian peninsula of Gargano sits on the Adriatic and boasts a checklist of summer-perfect Italian holiday options. The offerings are largely a part of the protected Gargano National Park, a swath of terrain encompassing everything from the oak and beech Foresta Umbra to the sheer chalk-colored cliffs and grottoes of the coast’s Caribbean-clear waters to the postcard-worthy whitewashed villages that hug the sea. Twelve nautical miles offshore, accessible by boat and hydrofoil, are the Tremiti Islands, specks of land surrounded by a wealth of sea life and a marine reserve of their own.
“Looking for Romanesque churches and seaside fisherman’s restaurants? Try Peschici and Vieste, larger than fishing villages but cozier than cities, with white walls and medieval centers. How about mountain hiking? Check. Gargano also offers the rarest of luxuries: fabulous food and lodging on the cheap ˗ campsites offer space for mere pocket change, while hotel rooms can be had for 30 to 60 euros a night ($42 to $84 at $1.40 to the euro) in Peschici. If saving on food is wallet-friendly enough, pay a bit more than 100 euros and stay at the Chiusa delle More (www.lachiusadellemore.it), a 16th-century farmhouse in the national park but still only yards from the sea. Meals are locavore, Gargano style, incorporating the farm’s own vegetables and eggs.” ˗ Sarah Wildman (Copyright © The New York Times, www.nytimes.com)
In response to the article, the Region of Puglia’s Tourism Councillor of the Puglia Region, Magda Terrevoli, told the Italian tourism publication Travel Trade Italia: “It is with satisfaction that I have learned of the interest that the Gargano area is stirring up on the American market. We can’t help but be pleased with the promotion that The New York Times is doing for our splendid area, but Gargano deserves this attention because it has a varied, high-quality offer.” According to Terrevoli, all of this “is also the result of tourism policies launched by the Vendola government to develop our region through multiple channels.”