I am not sure how we stumbled on the town of Vieste, but we were very fortunate. We visited Caserta and needed a change. Vieste is on the Adriatic and has many beach areas.
We arrived mid afternoon and found a good sized village on the coast which seemed very inviting. The photo shows the major landmark, Pizzomunno, a vertical monolith standing about 82 feet high on the Spiaggia del Castello. Castle Beach
A link to a short YouTube video I did after one of our visits:
There are many areas for swimming in Vieste. We enjoyed the warm waters of the Adriatic.
The Vieste Lighthouse, or Faro di Vieste is llluminated day and night. You see it from the beaches and the restaurants which are plentiful.
This is a fishing town, many boats are seen in the harbor. Sailboats are plentiful, and charters are available.
The town is built on a hill and the views from the top are incredible We attended the festival of the bitter stone, Chianca Amara which had surprising origins. It recalls the 5,000 people who were beheaded when the Turks sacked Vieste in 1554. Not really a happy time, but the festival recounts much more and has many artistic performances. Some photos below depict the activities.
After the festival we enjoyed the restaurants in the area.
Like many Americans, we end up being early. At 7:30 pm we were the only ones there. By the end of dinner the place was full.
Our real interest lies in gelato. So many choices.
We enjoyed the evening walks and the streets and piazzas were full of people.
Love the name of the restaurant “Sapore di Mare” “Taste of the Sea:
It was world cup time , il mondiale di calcio Along with the festival crowds, people flowed out from the bars and restaurants which placed TV outside to view the action.
You can find a lot of information on Trip Advisor, Wikipedia, and Google. There are additional sights nearby. The National Park is a short drive. Driving is not a problem but do not speed as cyclists are pedestrians will be on the shoulders.
Night time on the waterfront.
The faro at night.
Views we saw as we entered the Vieste area.
our first trip we stayed in a hotel directly across from the beach. Next to this wonderful pool, we found the country just a few feet away.
You can hear the cow bells at the pool
The beach was included with our hotel and it was a short drive to Vieste.
From Naples figure about 3 1/2 hours using the Autostrada. From Rome about 4 1/2 hours on toll roads. You can visit the National Park of Gargano and Monte Sant’ Angelo. Also San Giovane Rotondo to visit the church of Padre Pio.