The path develops along a very interesting route because it goes through one of the most enchanting rocky landscapes of Gargano. During the itinerary you can observe well-preserved terracing , ancient tuff caves, small inlets dug into the rock and underground settlements. Among those, the most interesting is the rocky church “Ognissanti” dug into the rock on the right side of the Valley Scannamugliera.
In the IX century, the inhabitants of the underlying plane , probably because of the pressure of Arabic raids, built a village around the church. Here, from Coppa Turmite al Monte Stregaro to Coppa Turanda a Ripa Santa, you can see houses dug into the rock, all with a fireplace and connected one another by small ways and stairways dug into the rock.
From here it is possible to see the deep valleys, covered by broad-leaved trees, in particular holm oaks, which slope from the mountains to the sea. The view is charming: a wide panorama form the Gulf of Manfredonia to the Tavoliere delle Puglie and a southern part Monti Dauni.
MEETING PLACE: MONTE SANT’ANGELO, Via Sant’Antonio, headquarter of Gargano National Park
ITINERARY START: MONTE SANT’ANGELO / ITINERARY END: “MACCHIA”
PATH LENGHT: 5 km
JOURNEY TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes (Planned stop have been foreseen in order to favor the full body efficiency)
DIFFICULTY: T = Touristic (it consists of itineraries on small routes, mule tracks and easy, visible paths, that do not present uncertainties, difficulties or orientation problems. Those kind of itineraries are also suitable for hikers on their first experience).