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Vieste
—  Comune  —
Comune di Vieste

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Vieste is located in Italy
Vieste
Location of Vieste in Italy
Coordinates: 41°53′N 16°10′E / 41.883°N 16.167°E / 41.883; 16.167Coordinates: 41°53′N 16°10′E / 41.883°N 16.167°E / 41.883; 16.167
Country Italy
Region Puglia
Province Foggia (FG)
Frazioni Pugnochiuso
Government
 - Mayor Ersilia Nobile
Area
 - Total 167.52 km2 (64.7 sq mi)
Elevation 43 m (141 ft)
Population (31 December 2004)[1]
 - Total 13,600
 - Density 81.2/km2 (210.3/sq mi)
 - Demonym Viestani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 71019
Dialing code 0884
Patron saint Santa Maria di Merino, San Giorgio
Saint day 9 May and 23 April
Website Official website

Vieste is a town and comune in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy.

Cathedral of Vieste.

A renowned marine resort in Gargano, Vieste has often received Blue Flags for the purity of its waters from the Foundation for Environmental Education.

The town is bordered by Mattinata, Monte Sant'Angelo, Peschici and Vico del Gargano. Till a few decades ago, its main resources were fishing and agriculture. Now, however, the great development of tourism, with modern hotels, resorts and campings has transformed both the appearance of the place and its economy and style of life.

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Geography

An example of erosion on the coast.

The coast is very interesting from a geological point of view. Even if next to the town there are two long straight and large beaches, rest of the coast presents several gulfs and many small, hidden, sandy beaches.

The erosion by water and winds has shaped the calcareous rock into grottoes and arches. Since the coast is steep, some of the finest sights can be reached only by sea.

Main sights

Vieste's most famous point is the Pizzomunno, a vertical rocky monolith standing at 25 m near the Spiaggia del Castello ("Castle Beach"). Other sights include:

  • The Castle, with a triangular shape and bastions at its vertexes.
  • Cathedral, in Apulian Romanesque style. It is on the basilica plan with a nave and two aisles. It has a bell tower rebuilt in Baroque style in the 18th century after the previous one had crumbled down.

Notes and references

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics from the Italian statistical institute (Istat)

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