Monte Sant'Angelo, home to the Gargano National Park, is considered the sacred city of the Gargano.
 
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Monte Sant'Angelo

The sacred city of the Gargano
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Village of Monte Sant'Angelo
Municipality of Monte Sant'Angelo
Province of Foggia
Puglia region
Inhabitants: 12.342
Center altitude: 796 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
Città d'Arte e Cultura CIDAC
Città del pane
Città e siti patrimonio mondiale Unesco
Protected natural areas:
Parco Nazionale del Gargano
Riserva naturale Falascone
Riserva naturale Foresta Umbra
Patronal feast
San Michele Archangelo - September 29th
Municipality of Monte Sant'Angelo
Via Municipio, 2 - Monte Sant'Angelo (FG)
tel. 0884566200

Monte Sant'Angelo, home of the Gargano National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous throughout the world for the famous Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo, a destination for pilgrims of the Christian religion, since the sixth century.
Called the sacred city of the Gargano, the town is in fact concentrated around the cave of San Michele Arcangelo and the inhabited center is the highest in the Gargano, as it is placed in a splendid panoramic position on a spur south of the promontory, with a breathtaking view of the gulf of Manfredonia.

Subject of visits of numerous saints such as St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Francis of Assisi, Monte Sant'Angelo in July 1917 hosted Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who went on pilgrimage to the holy cave to venerate San Michele.

The city boasts also a Norman-Swabian-Aragonese castle, a few steps from the cave, which was the home of the Emperor of Swabia, Bianca Lancia, held in this castle, in fact today it is said that her ghost still roams the halls of this building.

In the Gargano center area there is part of the Umbra Forest, a protected natural area of the Gargano National Park, whose name derives from the shadowiness of the forest, considered very dark. Between Monte Sant'Angelo and San Giovanni Rotondo there is the Valle Carbonara, the largest and longest valley in the Gargano, dedicated to crops. While a few kilometers away, in the municipality of Manfredonia, it is also possible to find the Quarto wood, rich in beech and oak.

At Monte Sant'Angelo you can visit the Museum of arts and popular traditions, known as the Tancredi Museum, located at the former convent of the church of San Francesco, the Lapidary Museum, located inside the Basilica of San Michele and the Devotional Museum also located within the sanctuary.

Monte Sant'Angelo is known for its typical bread and its traditional dishes such as pancotto with broad beans and various vegetables, the semolina which is a variation of polenta made with semolina, orecchiette with turnip greens with the addition of fried anchovies and garlic and laine, fresh tagliatelle with chickpeas and cod sauce.

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Other destinations nearby

San Giovanni Rotondo
San Giovanni Rotondo
Immersed in the greenery of the Gargano National Park, San Giovanni Rotondo is an important center of international religious tourism, thanks to the figure of Padre Pio.
Foggia - 9.4 KM from Monte Sant'Angelo
Carpino
Carpino
Carpino, a small agricultural center, is considered one of the most characteristic villages of the Gargano National Park.
Foggia - 17.99 KM from Monte Sant'Angelo
Cagnano Varano
Cagnano Varano
Cagnano Varano, in the Gargano National Park, is known for the famous Grotta di San Michele.
Foggia - 21.17 KM from Monte Sant'Angelo
Vico del Gargano
Vico del Gargano
Walls encrusted with history, cross vaults, portals that defy time again and keep the secret of events that no archive has collected.
Foggia - 21.26 KM from Monte Sant'Angelo
Rodi Garganico
Rodi Garganico
The village of Rodi Garganico is located in Puglia inside the Gargano National Park.
Foggia - 25.85 KM from Monte Sant'Angelo
Vieste
Vieste
Vieste, "the Gargano Pearl", is the eastern hamlet of the namesake promontory. The particular urban relocation of Vieste is linked to the karst nature of the Gargano Promontory.
Foggia - 26.23 KM from Monte Sant'Angelo

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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