Escorted Rail Tours to Vieste
A beautifully preserved historic town at the Gargano Peninsula
Located on the 'spur' of Italy's heel, on the scenic Gargano Peninsula, the attractive town of Vieste is part of a large national park, brimming with pine forests and lined with long sandy beaches. Vieste boasts a well-preserved historic centre, which details its turbulent medieval history. The 13th century castle, although closed to the public, dominates Vieste's skyline and can be seen rising almost vertically from the sea. Frederic II built this in 1240, designed as both his royal seat and as a defence against the frequent pirate raids on the town. The castle also played a vital role in minimising damage to Vieste during the Ottoman Empire's invasion of 1480.