Hotel Piccolo Paradiso, Rodi Garganico,near Foggia ***
The Hotel Piccolo Paradiso is newly built accommodation on Italy's gorgeous Gargano Promontory. Puglia and Gargano hotels online at ahotelinitaly.com. View hotel
Double rooms from €0
Hotel Pietrenere, Rodi Garganico ***
The family-run Hotel Pietrenere lies in Gargano, on southern Italy's Puglia coast. The hotel is beautifully situated, in a picturesque spot surrounded by pine trees and orange groves, close to the attractive whitewashed village of Rodi Garganico. View hotel
Double rooms from €40
Hotel Villamare, Rodi Garganico, near Foggia ***
A marvellous 19th century villa, beautifully restored - the Hotel Villamare overlooks the promenade at Rodi Garganico, and lies just 10 metres from the sea in this charming town on Puglia's Adriatic coast. View hotel
Double rooms from €50
A delightful resort on Puglia's Gargano Peninsula, the little Apulian town of Rodi Garganico has a population of less than 4000, yet fills up during the summer months. There are fine white sandy beaches and inland the Parco Nazionale del Gargano (the Gargano national park) rising steeply to Monte Sant'Angelo. And just west along the coast from Rodi Garganico, there are the twin sea lagoons of Lago di Varano and Lago di Lesina. The former lake swallowed the ancient Athenian town of Uria in the fourth century BC. Rodi Garganico too was originally a Greek settlement, the name is derived from 'Rhodes'. Today it's well set up for tourists and has a fast hydrofoil link out to the Isole Tremiti (the Tremiti Islands) offshore in the Adriatic.
Head into the hinterland of the peninsula for some pleasant surprises. This is all national park of course, with the coast road providing the only really reliable transport links. There is the charming village of Vicolo del Gargano, on a hill surrounded by lemon groves, its ancient centre a maze of steep winding streets. From here, the Forest Umbra (forest of shadows) stretches out, 11,000 hectares of beech, oak and pine, with deer and wild boar as inhabitants. There is the larger holiday resort of Vieste to see, and the pilgrim's route to San Giovanni Rotondo.