PESCHICI AND VIESTE
The Municipality of Peschici
Peschici is an Italian town of 5,000 inhabitants in the province of Foggia in Puglia.
It ‘a popular seaside resort Gargano. And ‘placed on the northern tip of the Gargano, and dominates the coast from Rhodes and Vieste. Towards the horizon, you can see the Tremiti Islands and Pelagosa.
In recent years, has emerged as a popular beach resort Gargano, for the quality of its beaches and excellent bathing, which led it to obtain repeatedly awarded the Blue Flag, a prestigious recognition of the Foundation for Environmental Education.
Peschici is positioned on top of an imposing cliff karst is rising for more than a hundred meters on the Adriatic, and overlooks one of the most extraordinary and beautiful bays in Italy, The Bay of Peschici suddenly appears to the visitor arriving from Rhodes Town, the village is a blinding white that joined the view of the bay as one of the most typical of Puglia.
The old town of Peschici climbs from the harbor up to the fortifications of the Swabian castle. Within the country, these alleys, hidden squares, cohorts, steep stairs, narrow passages, arches and white houses, typical of the Apulian coast.
The coast becomes more complex and high, with inlets that are intermingled with overhangs; bays, small sandy and pebbly beaches, often accessible only by sea alternate enlivening the green coastal landscape, the pine forest in fact goes sometimes right on the beach and pine trees abbarcano of white cliffs and rocks. The sea, clear and warm, makes you want to dive and rich fishing grounds are well suited for fishing.
Near Peschici, we find the renowned Gargano National Park, which covers over 120,000 acres: combines the coast to the mountains, including oasis of wildlife protection established by the Region of Puglia.
Attractions: The Trabucchi
The Trabucchi are a typical presence of the coast of Fish, of which there are seven, the only trabbuchisti still alive and able to build a trebuchet reside in Peschici and are headed by the Family and Ottaviano Fasanella. The Trabucchi have very complex architecture, made of wooden poles that are intertwined with wires and pulleys, they are a very effective tool, especially on our coast, fishing for fish passage. Their method is simple and consists in a large network in the sea bag supported by several antennas, of these placing a lookout from which manages to see the arrival of the school of fish and its signal bystanders Trabucco start spinning on a wheel that through a complex web of wires and pulleys raises the cod from the sea and imprisons the herd fish. This fishing has been practiced for a long time and uses the migrations of schools of fish from north to south Adriatic. Today several Trabucchi have become very typical restaurants where you can taste the fish after fish.
Attractions: The towers
From the beginning the story of Peschici is deeply linked to the sea and its dangers. The village was founded, in fact, in the eleventh century by a handful of soldiers sent Slavs in the area by Otto I to deal with the threat of the Saracens. A memory of a long history of attacks and raids are now some coastal towers erected in the second half of the sixteenth century to defend the territory from pirates and privateers.
The forts are raised on high cliffs overlooking the sea, in panoramic location with respect to the Adriatic: that location is strategic and functional sighting and reporting of enemy ships. The towers have a quadrangular base and have the form of truncated pyramids; the access was on the side facing the mounts by means of folding stairs wood, subsequently replaced by fixed ramps masonry.
The louvers, however, which also acted as windows were open in the side walls. Each tower had to be visible from the other two towers: the warning of impending raids by day was by means of smoke signals, at night by means of fire signals or by resorting to the sound of bells or horns. Sometimes they were also sent messengers on horseback to alert the local population.
Among the surviving towers the most famous is undoubtedly that of Monte Pucci that offers its visitors a magnificent view. The tower, perched on high limestone rock, wrapped dall’esaltante pine scent mixed with that of the myrtle, has lost the original crown and like the others in the area has very limited size that certify the function of warning and not so , defensive.
The City of Vieste
Vieste is an Italian town of about 14,000 inhabitants in the province of Foggia in Puglia.
Gargano seaside resort, for the quality of its bathing water has been repeatedly awarded the Blue Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education. It is part of the Gargano National Park and the Mountain Community of Gargano.
At the beginning of the beach known as the Castle, or the south of the town, stands, almost guarding Vieste, a monolith about 25 meters high called Pizzomunno that is the symbol of the town of Gargano. To it are linked to some legends, often different from each other.
It is said that at the time when the current city was only a village consisting of meager huts and inhabited by fishermen there lived a tall, strong named Pizzomunno. In the same village also lived a girl of rare beauty, with long brown hair sun Cristalda name.
The two young people in love, loving madly without that nothing could separate them. Pizzomunno daily faced the sea with his boat and promptly sirens emerged from the sea waves to sing in honor of the fisherman sweet songs. The creatures did not just sing, but prisoners of the gaze of Pizzomunno several times offered him immortality if he had agreed to become their king and lover.The love that the young man poured on Cristalda, however, made it unnecessary bids sirens.
One of the many evenings when the two lovers were going to wait for the night on the island that lies off the coast, the sirens, seized by a fit of jealousy, Cristalda attacked and dragged into the depths of the sea. Pizzomunno chased in vain the voice of the beloved. Fishermen on the following day found themselves transfixed by pain in the young white rock that still bears his name.
Legend has it that every hundred years, yet beautiful Cristalda back from the depths to reach his young lover and revived for one night only their old love.
Variants of the legend they want the name of the young or both Vesta Vieste (thus tying the name of the city to this legend), or still want the beautiful maiden was the daughter of a sea god who was opposed to the love with the young and viesti that is why their feeling was punished. Other variations on the theme that they want the girl to be the wife of Pizzomunno and was attacked as he waited on the beach for the return of fellow fisherman.
Attractions: The Castle
The Castle, massive building which was built by the Swabians, dominates the skyline view from afar with his imposing figure. A triangular, stands out from the buildings and the surrounding landscape for its brown color, and is located on the limestone cliffs overlooking the sea. The three points of its perimeter are reinforced by characteristic bastions tip. It was damaged during the raids and blinds during the First World War. It is currently used by the Italian navy.