In the heart of the Tavoliere delle Puglie
In the centre of the Tavoliere delle Puglie plain lies Foggia, halfway between the Gulf of Manfredonia, the Gargano Promontory and the Daunia Mountains. The city has a largely well-preserved historic centre despite the 1731 earthquake and the bombing that it suffered during World War II. The most fascinating monument is the Cathedral: built in the 12th century and modified several times, it still retains much of its Romanesque-style façade. Few people know that the city centre is criss-crossed by a far-reaching series of underground chambers. These include hypogea and cellars, constructed at various times throughout history with different functions. The most renowned hypogeum is that of San Domenico.
About 12 kilometres from Foggia, located in a protected area, is the Bosco Incoronata Regional Park, home to countless bird species, as well as fallow deer, wild boar and various reptiles. The area covers Valle del Cervaro and the Sanctuary of the Madonna Incoronata, a popular pilgrimage destination.
Still on the subject of religious tourism, we recommend visiting the town of San Giovanni Rotondo, home for many years to Padre Pio, whose remains are preserved there. The municipality is located in the Gargano National Park, which is famous for its characteristic karstic landscape and sinkholes.