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Vieste is a town and comune in the province of Foggia, in the Apuliamarker region of southeast Italymarker.

renowned marine resort in Garganomarker, Vieste has often received Blue Flags for the purity of its waters from the Foundation for Environmental Education.

The town is bordered by Mattinatamarker, Monte Sant'Angelomarker, Peschicimarker and Vico del Garganomarker. Till a few decades ago, its main resources were fishing and agriculture. Now, however, the great development of tourism, with modern hotels, resorts and campings has transformed both the appearance of the place and its economy and style of life.


An example of erosion on the coast.
The coast is very interesting from a geological point of view. Even if next to the town there are two long straight and large beaches, rest of the coast presents several gulfs and many small, hidden, sandy beaches.

The erosion by water and winds has shaped the calcareous rock into grottoes and arches. Since the coast is steep, some of the finest sights can be reached only by sea.

Main sights

Vieste's most famous point is the Pizzomunno, a vertical rocky monolith standing at 25 m near the Spiaggia del Castello ("Castle Beach"). Other sights include:

  • The Castle, with a triangular shape and bastions at its vertexes.
  • Cathedral, in Apulian Romanesque style. It is on the basilica plan with a nave and two aisles. It has a bell tower rebuilt in Baroque style in the 18th century after the previous one had crumbled down.

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