Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vieste, Gargano Peninsula in Puglia. Love this town. Better than Amalfi

It's true - I really do think the Gargano Peninsula is better than the Amalfi coast. The Amalfi coast, while gorgeous, is such hard work walking up and down all the steep steps. And it is so busy and full of tourists. Honestly for me seeing anyone follow a tourist guide holding up a stick with a fluffy toy on the end of it getting 40 international tourists to follow them, makes me want to run in the opposite direction. Anyway Phil and I spent a week on the Amalfi coast years ago so we decided to have a week at the beach in Vieste, Puglia. Best decision:)

We stayed 6 nights at the Hotel Falcone: a family run business: 3 generations of family, grandparents, 5 brothers and then all the kids who are working and studying at uni. They were so friendly and the hotel is so lovely and a great price. 

What a civilised way to go to the beach. Lunch in the shade with an aperol and a farmers plate : piatto rustico. We loved it all. And the water here is crystal clear. 

We went on a boat trip on the "Desiree" with Francesco and his dad. They are great hosts and the boat trip in the grottoes and cliff lined beaches was amazing. Well worth the 20E a person. Just a half day trip but we swam at the beach lined with white cliffs and it was divine. I came home and slept 3 hours straight in the afternoon that I never do. 

Vieste is an old walled town with marble streets and beautiful views. We celebrated Phil's 45th birthday. Beautiful seafood dinner and lots of fun.

What great views. We were almost crying leaving Vieste. One of the grandkids, Juicy,who worked in the hotel had also studied engineering (like me and Phil) and she was so gorgeous and friendly and we now want her to come visit us in Australia. Funny how you can connect with people completely different ages but really like them a lot.

So relaxed and happy 😊 

 Lots of photos of Vieste but I think it's definitely underrated. Maybe I should be the Italian ambassador:)

Fiona xx


  1. Looks so lovely and relaxing. It also looks as though you all enjoyed it so much but the smiles I see!!

  2. Wow Fiona! I think you've just convinced me to add Puglia and Vieste to our destination list for next year. Thank you! Tina :)


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