With these few words I want to give you the welcome in this land, in this realm of different beauties based on light and water. And give you some small instructions for eye and ear use.
You have probably said that, in this landscape, in a particular moment of its history, man conceived certain monuments to the white that here we usually call Masserie , daughters of a peasant culture of which we are proud. Profiles of a continuous humanism of narranean stones, between lakes, forests and the sea.
Rural architectures that embrace a wide territory ranging from the countryside of Vico del Gargano to the coasts of S. Menaio and Pienta Marzini to reach the dense, fresh, monumental beech woods of the Umbra Forest, today a UNESCO heritage.
A sort of pleasant loss you will try if you leave to their discovery. The same feeling that will keep your attention alive if you choose to lose yourself in one of the amazing villages of Monti Dauni. Faces of improbable houses, narrow and high like coastal towers, or single-story , with or without shingles, with a domed roof covered with plaster and the edges turned to wave to channel the rains inside the cisterns.
Shaded and lime houses, or the gray-pink color of the ancient walls. White and blue that recall a bit ‘to nearby Greece.
Over the Rainbow
Not just Masserie , historical centers. Immediately you will caress with the eye the deep sea, its sea caves, the heritage of a marine culture, whose anthropological synthesis are in the extraordinary trebuchets, ancient and rudimentary fishing tools, today defended, symbol and cultural “lighthouse” of this Gargano. You will hear the verse of certain rocks, the lights of its caverns, of certain islands that keep each other company. Elements that together start to tell, to tell you stories and memories in which even the man has done his part.
How much spirituality you will find in certain places of the soul, in this land kissed by the sacred, that of the Saint of Pietralcina who was intimately linked to it. Let’s talk about a deep religious sense from certain architectural beauties such as the hermitages of Mount Pulsano or the convent of San Marco in Lamis, not far from Monte Sant’Angelo, another UNESCO site of this landscape. Here, in this suggestive corner of the Gargano, where an important testimony of faith flows, you will cross the sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo, a place of pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries and still now a place of worship and prayer.
On the top of Monte Sant’Angelo, 800 meters above sea level, almost suspended between sky and earth, overlooking the Gulf of Manfredonia , stands this sacred rock complex that hides its grandeur in the underground parts. It will take your breath away.
Listen: this is the realm of the sea, the stones and lakes.
This Gargano is testimony to the vestiges of an unwritten culture, engraved in the tuff, in the frescoed niches of the crypts, in the semi-underground “ Trappeti ”, in the coastal towers, among the trebuchets, in the sea.
But more than historical documents, it serves your eye as a photographer, who breaks the silence, serves the flash to pierce the mists of time, to search the dark corners of history. You need your eye to the sky to discover the essence of things in the magical light of this land of the sea.
More than a good stay – as they wrote in “Capitanata” by Mario Cartaro and Cola Antonio Stigliola already at the end of the 16th century 1590-1597, in our Gargano I wish you “an endless journey, constantly changing, made of water and dust, of sun and clouds.
A long research work started with the still green wheat, the black earth and the deserted streets and ended with the golden fields, the flowering ferrules and the umbrellas open on the beaches “.
Coffee or Letter ? The experiences are not all the same, this is why we personally take care of personally testing all the itineraries and recommending only what represents us and of which we are sure.
From adventures by boat to those in the forest, passing through the hamlets to discover the best restaurants in the area carefully chosen and tested personally by us in our moments of relaxation.
So here is the desire for a romantic trip to the quake islands, the search for a pastry and a gift for an anniversary or the search for a particular itinerary comes true.
In Cala Molinella we not only select the best of our region and we recommend it, but we recommend our guest to our colleagues who take care of excursions and services.
We do it because we like having you with us, but we like it even more to make you discover what is outside, we guide you with kindness and grace, as you guide and pamper a friend who comes to visit us for the first time.
If you want to make me happy, do not risk, ask me for advice or a simple coffee.