Gargano photographed from the ISS (2011)
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The Gargano [ gar'gano ] is a northern promontory of Apulia on the east coast of Italy . It is also known as the spur of the Italian boot. The area is about 2015 km² and extends along the Adriatic Sea . In administration, the Gargano is assigned to the province of Foggia , which is in the Apulia region. Two freshwater lakes, the Lago di Lesina and the Lago di Varano , are part of the very scenic area. The Gargano National Park , with the Umbra Forest , offers visitors interesting insights into the life of wild animals. In addition to beeches, oaks and maples, 60 percent of European orchid species also thrive there. The last 100 Garganian roebucks are saved from extinction in enclosures.
The Gargano has recently become known through the monk Padre Pio , for whom a church was built in San Giovanni Rotondo . The place is now a place of pilgrimage, to which pilgrims of the Catholic Church come in large numbers who believe in miracles performed by him.
Since the early Middle Ages, the village of Monte Sant'Angelo has been a special attraction for numerous pilgrims, including emperors, popes, crusaders and numerous saints (including Francis of Assisi ) up to our day (including Pope John Paul II ) on Monte Gargano. The Michael's grotto there ( UNESCO World Heritage Site ) represents the oldest St. Michael's shrine in the West and is still able to impress its visitors today.
The Isole Tremiti , consisting of three islands off the coast with a total size of 3 km², are also included in the Gargano.
- Cagnano Varano
- Monte Sant'Angelo
- Rignano Garganico
- Rodi Garganico
- San Giovanni Rotondo
- San Marco in Lamis
- San Menaio
- San Nicandro Garganico
- Vico del Gargano