What to see in Monte Sant'Angelo: History and Spirituality in the Gargano

Monte Sant'Angelo, perched on the  Gargano  hills in the heart of Apulia, is a gem steeped in history, spirituality and natural beauty. This town, nestled between the sky and the sea, offers an authentic and evocative experience. It rests on a limestone rock, in which numerous caves open up, including the sacred one dedicated to the Saint.

The Sanctuary of Saint Michael

The  Sanctuary of St Michael Archangel  in Monte Sant'Angelo is one of the oldest and most significant places of worship in Christianity. Its spectacular location, set on the summit of the mountain, makes it a symbol of spirituality and devotion, a  UNESCO World Heritage Site  and a place of prayer and, above all, reconciliation with God. Access to the famous  Grotta  is through the Bell Tower dating back to the late 13th century and into the Upper Atrium. On the bronze door to the left is the history of the shrine up to the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1987. Immediately after the entrance is the famous Angevin staircase consisting of 86 steps divided into five flights. This staircase ends with a door called the  Porta del Toro  from the fresco above it. Passing through this door, one finds oneself in the Lower Atrium, which then allows one to enter the mystical cave where we find the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament , the Altar of the Madonna and, at the end of the cave, the Altar of St Michael Archangel . His statue was carved from the famous Carrara marble and is a good 130 cm high.      

What to do in Monte Sant'Angelo: the most beautiful attractions

Monte Sant'Angelo, a town rich in history and spirituality, offers various activities for visitors wishing to explore the town and its beauty. Below is a list of the most beautiful attractions.

Visit to the Sanctuary of St Michael Archangel: Start your journey with a visit to the famous Sanctuary of St Michael Archangel. Explore the church, the grotto and the impressive Holy Staircase. Admire the icon of the Archangel Michael and immerse yourself in the spirituality of the place.

Visit the Abbey of St Mary and the Hermitages of Pulsano: a monastic complex that stands out for its natural beauty and rich religious history, Positioned on a rocky rise about 250 metres above sea level, the Hermitages offer a spectacular panoramic view of the Gargano coast and the Gulf of Manfredonia. This secluded location was chosen by hermits to live in contemplation and prayer away from the world, for information on visits Find out more. Read more .

Historical Centre Exploration: Walk through the narrow streets of Monte Sant'Angelo's historical centre. Admire the medieval architecture, the picturesque squares and discover the small craft shops. Visit Rione Junno, one of the most characteristic quarters of Monte Sant'Angelo, with its picturesque streets and historic buildings. 

Visit the Norman-Swabian Castle: Climb up to the Norman-Swabian Castle to enjoy a panoramic view of the town and surrounding countryside. Explore the castle walls and learn about the region's military history.

Church of Santa Maria Maggiore: Visit the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, another artistic gem of Monte Sant'Angelo. Admire the frescoes and works of art inside the church.

Panoramic Walks: Take advantage of the scenic roads that offer breathtaking views of the countryside and the sea. Via Tabor is particularly renowned for its spectacular views.

Museum of Popular Culture: Discover the traditional life and customs of the region at the Museum of Popular Culture in Monte Sant'Angelo. Explore the exhibits and delve into the complex history of the community.

Attend Religious Events: The patronal feast of San Michele, celebrated on 29 September, attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. The celebration is characterised by processions, solemn masses and a vibrant atmosphere of devotion.

Local Gastronomy: Taste the local cuisine in one of the typical restaurants. Try Apulian specialities such as orecchiette pasta, extra virgin olive oil and cheeses.

Hiking in the Gargano National Park: Monte Sant'Angelo is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Gargano National Park. Organise excursions or walks to explore the flora and fauna of the Foresta Umbra.

Explore nearby towns:  Explore nearby villages such as San Giovanni Rotondo, Manfredonia and Mattinata, each with its own history.