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Cagnano Varano

If you go on holiday on the Gargano, you cannot miss the opportunity to visit the splendid villages in the area and among these it is worth visiting Cagnano Varano, placed in a dominant position than the Lake of Varano. On the hill on which the town stands, according to tradition, there was the ancient Italic city of Uria. Land of peasants and shepherds, it was originally one of the first inhabited centers of the Gargano promontory and it seems that it underwent various dominations.
  • Village on a lake
  • Village with park

About the village

During the Middle Ages the city was surrounded by walls, which protected the town, whose remains can still be seen today, .
The story tells that, during the Middle Ages, Cagnano was a field of some families who, from time to time, occupied the Baronial Palace, also called Casale, an ancient Norman fortress, restored several times over the years.

Cagnano Varano is known above all for the famous Grotta di San Michele, one of the most visited pilgrimage destinations in Puglia, a sanctuary located a few kilometers from the town. The Town Hall, the former Franciscan convent and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie overlook the central square of the town. Do not miss the historic center, the Ivo Monti seaplane base, Chiesa Madre Santa Maria della Pietà and the homonymous Lake, considered one of the most important resources for the country.

The particular geographical position of Cagnano, squeezed between the wooded areas of the Gargano promontory and the Lake of Varano, is reflected in its typical dishes: gravy sauce, orecchiette with brasciolette, tiella of rice and mussels, grilled or baked capitone, mussels stuffed with sauce and asparagus omelette, while for desserts Pizzarelle and Palomme are known, with or without vincotto, or braided taralli prepared with flour, sugar, eggs and yeast, covered with white icing and colored sprinkles.

Village of Varano
Municipality of Cagnano Varano
Province of Foggia
Puglia region
Inhabitants: 7.194
Center altitude: 165 m s.l.m.

Protected natural areas:
Parco Nazionale del Gargano
Riserva naturale Isola Varano

Via Aldo Moro, 1 - tel: 0884853281


  • San Severo railway station
  • Foggia railway station

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Nautica Vieste
Viale XXIV Maggio, 16 - 71019, Vieste (Foggia)
33.84 Kilometers from Cagnano Varano

Cagnano Varano is present in issue 3 of our digital magazine e-borghi travel.
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may, 2021

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