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About Manfredonia

This Italian commune and town sits on the coast of Puglia, and it has historically served as an important center for trade and commerce. It remains well-linked with surrounding towns, and even though Manfredonia retains its rustic air, it has been a seat of industry throughout modern times.

Manfredonia Weather: The area enjoys moderate temperatures typical to Puglia, featuring low-humidity summer averages between 18 and 32 degrees C along with cooler, wet winters.

Regional Cuisine of Manfredonia: Fish, ricotta, local mountain herbs, lasagna, penne, macaroni

Regional Wine of Manfredonia: Castel Del Monte Bianco DOC, Brindisi Rosso DOC, Alezio Alezio DOC, Lizzano Rosso DOC

Things to Do in Manfredonia: Palazzo Celestini, Chiesa di San Domenico, Monte Gargano

Where is Manfredonia? Manfredonia is located to the south of Monte Gargano and faces the coast to the east. It’s only around 35 kilometers east of Foggia.

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What is the easiest way for visitors to get around Manfredonia?

Manfredonia is directly connected to Foggia, the provincial capital, by a dual highway; most people can make the trip in around half an hour. The same highway hooks up with the A14 motorway, so it’s pretty easy to travel all the way up the coastline to Bologna or south towards Taranto. Those who want to sit back and enjoy the ride can also hop on the Foggia-Manfredonia railway line.

Insider Tip: Don’t fear the unknown. The detours and hidden pathways just outside of town are great ways to access cool bike trails and stunning views. Even inside the city, places like Marina Del Gargano make great stops you might not expect, so feel free to explore.

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Lido del Sole Siponto Beach

This beach in the lovely town of Manfredonia is pretty popular with a diverse range of visitors, including families, honeymooners and international youth tourists. The beach is long enough that you can explore for quite some time without getting too tired of the vacationing crowds.

Address: Lungomare del sole 37, 71043 Manfredonia

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Why I love Manfredonia

You always remember where you were when you found yourself, and for me, it happened in the forested slopes near Manfredonia.

Although the friend who recommended the trip told me about how great the beaches were, I took a chance and ventured into the surrounding hills. The hike was an eye-opening experience. I discovered spectacular views and cliffs that made me realize just how small I was without ever blocking my view of the coastlines and farmland below.

When I was done getting my fill of the wilderness, I rode my bike back through the winding tunnels, which were cut right into the rock, and headed back into town. Soul-searching can be pretty exhausting, but fortunately, I found an out-of-the-way osteria that wasn’t too crowded and ordered some great wood-fired pizza to recharge.

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Miles loves everything about Italy, not just the popular tourist spots. He’s always prepared to venture off the beaten path and discover the unknown.

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What’s the best place to learn about the history of Manfredonia?

Manfredonia is a repository of ancient and modern culture. Establishments like the Museo Nazionale Archeologico are well-known for collections that include everything from ancient Grecian artifacts and Roman murals to flint arrowheads once used by Neolithic hunters. Of special note are the stele Daunie, ancient funeral monuments dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries B.C., and other artifacts of the Daunian culture that are distinctly different from Greek and Roman remains.

For those interested in more modern relics, there are a number of ornate palaces and villas that date back to the Middle Ages and represent multicultural European influences. The city’s historically artistic traditions can also be seen in the form of fountains and other public art.

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Paraty Pub

Although the area as a whole doesn't cater to the typical nightlife scene, it does host its own unique bars like the Paraty Pub, which offers free babysitting during the summer for parents who want to cut loose with a beer. Patrons enjoy the chance to drink and eat right at the foot of the cathedral while they enjoy the open night air.

Address: Piazza Pericle Felici 2, Foggia, Italy

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Is Manfredonia Carnival worth visiting?

Yes, absolutely! Manfredonia Carnival is definitely one worth visiting. Italians and travelers alike have been gathering together for this coastal Carnival in Manfredonia, Puglia for over half a century! So you can be sure they’ve mastered the art of celebration.

Carnival festivities in Manfredonia begin on January 17th, but preparations begin way in advance. Months’ worth of work go into making detailed carnival costumes following elaborate handmade floats all displayed during parades with colors and music which completely transform this city into Spring!

Now let’s talk food! You cannot celebrate Manfredonia Carnival without having eaten a farrata… or 2 or 3… These small ricotta & grain pies have become synonymous with festive food during carnival so put it high on your list!

Manfredonia Carnival is ideal for families, as many festivities cater to the little ones. But anyone looking for traditional southern Italian custom will experience a carnival to remember in Manfredonia.

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Lido Aurora Beach

One of the more popular beaches, Lido Aurora is right in the heart of town. The beach can be accessed directly from the Lungomare del Sole street and has nice facilities, plenty of open space, and a cobblestone avenue. This is the perfect place to view the marina before tackling the nearby attractions or stopping for lunch.

Address: Lungomare del Sole, 71043 Manfredonia

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Why I love Manfredonia

Trying to think of just one thing I loved about carnival in Manfredonia, Italy is impossible!

We were lucky enough to be visiting friends in Foggia which is also in the Puglia region so a trip to the coast plus a carnival was too good to miss. I was particularly keen on all the delicious festival food, especially the fried custard cubes and little crispy pastries filled with ricotta which just melt in your mouth.

The carnival in Manfredonia has a terrific 'star' in the form of Ze Peppe, a kind of cartoon type character who is featured in the massive floats in Saturday's parade.

The story goes that Ze Peppe comes to town, has a great time drinking and dancing at the carnival before he gets struck down with a mysterious illness and dies. Of course he has to be cremated, which is the excuse for a bonfire.

The parade is one of best I've seen, and as I live in London, I've been to Notting Hill a few times so that's praise indeed.

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Diana is native to the UK but calls Italy her second home.

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Varano Island Nature Reserve

A part of the larger Parco Nazionale del Gargano, this densely wooded area on the Varano Lake caters to nature lovers with protected coastlines and a wildlife reserve. Visitors enjoy taking a holistic look at the geological and historical origins of the region in the form of natural stone arches and rock outcroppings that float above the blue waters; this area is a nice break from the hubbub in the city.

Address: Via Santҁntonio Abate, 121 - 71037 Monte Sant'Angelo

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Things worth remembering in Manfredonia

Fun Fact: Settlements around Manfredonia predate the ancient Greek colonists who believed they were the first ones there. Caves like Grotta Scaloria house neolithic bones and tools believed to have been used in prehistoric rituals.

Local Dish: Ragu del Macellaio, or Butcher’s Sauce, is a great way to sample a range of fresh meats and savory regional produce with your pasta of choice.