Manfredonia: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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To see it Manfredonia is a very pretty town, which lives thanks to its port and tourist activities, mainly seaside, with a historic center full of shops where to buy typical handicraft products: but Manfredonia boasts much more than this. Built by the will of the king of Sicily, Manfredi, from which it took its name, the city houses a vast historical heritage, which the tourist can access for free


  1. 10 things to see in Manfredonia in a weekend
  2. What to see in Manfredonia in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Manfredonia: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Manfredonia
  5. Plan your stay in Manfredonia: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Manfredonia in a weekend

1 - Swabian Castle and National Archaeological Museum

The Swabian Castle was built starting from 1256, by the will of the Spanish king Manfredi, who wanted to make it the symbol of his power. Over the centuries, however, the structure has undergone a series of extensions and renovations, which have transformed it into what we know today. In fact, in the original project, the structure had to be composed of a single square space enclosed by walls, and delimited by five towers useful for controlling the surrounding area. Today the Swabian Castle houses the National Archaeological Museum where an interesting collection is exhibited that traces the whole history of the ancient Sipontina lagoon, and some important finds including the Daune Stele, dating back to the th and th centuries, depicting human figures.

  • on foot, as the castle is only a 10 minute walk from the city center - Get directions
  • the castle is open from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 19:30 - Sunday from 14:30 to 19:30. The archaeological museum is currently closed for refurbishment.
  • Free
  • Manfredonia: Manfredonia and Tour of the Daunian Stele

2 - Cathedral of San Lorenzo Maiorano

The Cathedral of Manfredonia was built in the Gothic style with three naves, but was then destroyed by the Ottomans in 1620. The current building dates back to 1643-48, and is in travertine marble: the foundations of the ancient structure are still however visible. The Cathedral was dedicated to the patron saint of the city, San Lorenzo, whose relics are kept inside the cathedral together with numerous works of art, transferred in the twentieth century from other churches in the area. Between these the ancient icon of the Madonna of Siponto should be remembered, the polychrome wooden statue called Madonna with wide eyes or La Sipontina and a thirteenth-century wooden crucifix.

  • located near the city center it is therefore advisable to walk there in about 2 minutes - Get directions
  • from 8:30 to 19:00 every day
  • Free

3 - The Diocesan Museum

The Diocesan Museum of Manfredonia exhibits a series of archaeological finds of ancient Siponto, flanked by sacred and ecclesiastical objects, found in deposits or taken from churches now in disuse. The gallery has seven exhibition spaces, each of which responds to a name given on the basis of the most famous exhibit exhibited in it: the first room, for example, is called The dawn of the first millennium, and houses sculptural fragments that come from the excavations of the paleochristian episcopal church of Santa Maria a Siponto; continuing, you reach the "Lion Room", reserved for the exhibition of one of the two marble lions, which was part of the session of the bishop's throne of the cathedral of Siponto and so on.

  • the museum is located adjacent to the cathedral of San Lorenzo Maiorano. Walking to it might be a good opportunity to visit both - Get directions
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 17:00 to 19:00
  • Free

4 - Salty Lake Oasis

The Oasis of Lago Salso, managed by the WWF, is a wetland made up of reeds and ponds, which welcomes, both in winter and in summer, a very high number of birds. Of great naturalistic interest, the Oasis opens upon reservation, and it is possible to make excursions, guided tours or simply trips with the family aboard the electric boats, with which you can visit the entire valley. Inside the Oasis there is a path of bird watching about five kilometers long, equipped with observation towers.

  • the oasis is about 10 kilometers from Manfredonia, which can be covered in 14 minutes by car - Get directions
  • by reservation, through the contact page of the official website
  • € 5,00 for adults, € 3,00 for children from 3 to 14 years

5 - Siponto Archaeological Park and Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

In 194 BC the town of Siponto became the main port of the Regio II and the Archaeological Park of Siponto testifies to this growing importance that the area had reached in Roman times. To testify it are the greatness of the early Christian basilica, deducible from its still well preserved remains, which they show the three naves with central apse and mosaic floor. Precious floors are also visible inside the medieval church of Santa Maria Maggiore, built between the end of the th and the beginning of the th century, and the cornerstone of Apulian Romanesque architecture. Between the end of the th and the beginning of the th century it underwent numerous renovations and, for the construction and architectural decoration, materials taken from the oldest part of Siponto were reused. At the moment excavations are still in progress, involving the medieval age of the city.

  • by car, direction Foggia, in just 10 minutes - Get directions
  • in winter from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00. In summer from Tuesday to Sunday: from 12:30 to 21:30, closed on Mondays in any season
  • Free
  • Siponto: guided 3D reconstruction experience

6 - Abbey of San Leonardo

The Abbey of San Leonardo is located about 20 km from Manfredonia but, having regard to its great artistic and historical value, it is worth a visit. Founded in the th century, the Abbey is part of a larger settlement, consisting of the abbey remains, a church and the hospital, which for centuries was the resting place of pilgrims. Characterized by a three-nave layout with three apses, both the portal and the exterior of the Abbey preserve a series of sculptures and bas-reliefs, depicting biblical episodes and elements of the mystical life during the Middle Ages.

  • by car in 19 minutes, through the Gargano state road - Get directions
  • in winter, every day from 09:00 to 19:00. In summer from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 19:00, on Sundays and on religious holidays from 09:00 to 20:00
  • Free

7 - The chapel of Santa Maria Maddalena

Palazzo San Domenico is the seat of the Municipality of Manfredonia. Inside the structure it is possible to visit an ancient chapel - belonging to a previous church - called Santa Maria Maddalena. Inside this is exposed the Rizzon collection, composed of valuable artifacts of ancient Siponto, for a long time owned by the Venetian collector Mario Rizzon. This priceless historical asset returned to Manfredonia only in 2014, after a long bureaucratic process. Within the same exhibition you can admire the watercolor "Vista di Manfredonia" by the French artist Claude Louis Chatelet.

  • the chapel is located in an area full of attractions and a few steps from the seafront, it is therefore recommended to get there on foot, and then take a look around - Get directions
  • Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 12:30 and from 16:00 to 20:00
  • Free

8 - The Lungomare di Manfredonia and the port

The seafront of Manfredonia is one of the most famous of all the Gargano, focal point of the city's summer nightlife. From here it is possible to enjoy a wonderful view of the Gulf of Manfredonia, an ancient landing port for Greeks and Romans. Towards the port, divided into Old and Commercial, they are present remains of Roman structures, located below the sea level, while, towards Marina del Gargano - close to the Molo di Ponente - there is a elevated panoramic walk adjacent to the historic center.

  • easy walking distance from anywhere in the city - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Free

9 - Hypogea Capparelli

The Hypogea Capparelli are the largest early Christian Necropolis of Daunia. Known in ancient times as the caves of Siponto, they then took their name from the homonymous farm of the Capparelli, whose stables have incorporated everything. To date there are 9 hypogea left and each of these is composed of 1 to 4 ambulatory or vestibules divided by large rock pillars. The interiors have sarcophagi closed by marble slabs that follow one another along the walls, tombs with two or more niches, including those of children, lamp-rest niches and engraved Greek crosses. Over the centuries the site was used for various purposes, including that of a tuff house.

  • by car, along via Giuseppe di Vittorio for about 10 minutes - Get directions
  • at the moment the opening of the site is by reservation, to be made using the contact details in the appropriate section of this page
  • Free

10 - Piazza del Popolo

On the central Piazza del Popolo, located almost halfway between the Castle and the Cathedral of the city, overlook theformer Convent of San Domenico, now the seat of the Town Hall and the Church homonymous: both erected by Charles II of Anjou towards the end of the 60th century. The first, of which some floors are reserved for the exhibition of works of art with free access, has kept intact all the elements of the original structure while. The church has undergone some restorations during the s but the beautiful portal remains intact, a testimony of the ancient importance of the building and a rose window

  • from any place in the city you move towards Piazza del Popolo you will encounter monuments or places of interest therefore, it is recommended to move on foot - Get directions
  • Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00.
  • Free

What to see in Manfredonia in one day: recommended itinerary

With only one day available, you cannot expect to visit everything. Since it is not possible to go to the Seponto Archaeological Park, which is slightly out of the way, it is advisable to start the visit from Diocesan Museum, where the most important finds are kept, which came to light precisely from that archaeological excavation. Near the Museum are located both the Cathedral of San Lorenzo Maiorano, where you can admire a series of works of art of immense value that the Coffee Encounter 2, ideal for breakfast.

Continuing on via Arcivescovado you reach Piazza del Popolo where, within San Domenico Palace, the current seat of the Municipality, you can visit the ancient one chapel of Santa Maria Maddalena, and the exhibition of the sketches of Aronne del Vecchio, an important native artist of the city. After the visit, you can stop for lunch at the Gastronomy al Duomo.

After lunch, you can visit the Church of San Domenico, a valuable example of superimposition of eras and styles. Proceeding on the Corso you reach the Castle overlooking the sea, home of the National archeologic museum. Right in front of these is the famous one promenade of the eastern pier, with a splendid view of the Gulf of Manfredonia, which you can decide to do either before or after stopping for dinner, at the Il Porto restaurant.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Caffè Incontro 2, Corso Roma 130 - Get directions
  2. Diocesan Museum - opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 17:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: free
  3. Cathedral of San Lorenzo Maiorano - opening hours: every day from 7:15 to 11:15 and from 17:00 to 20:30 - ticket: free
  4. San Domenico Palace - opening hours: from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 12:30 and from 16:00 to 20:00 - ticket price: free
  5. Lunch at Gastronomia al Duomo, Corso Roma, 142 - Get directions
  6. Church of San Domenico - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  7. Castle - opening hours: from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00 - ticket price: free
  8. Walk on the western pier - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  9. Price at Ristorante il Porto via del Porto, 8 - Get directions

Where to eat in Manfredonia: the best restaurants

  1. Il Porto restaurant: Italian, Mediterranean and fish cuisine
    Average price per person: € 19,00 - € 45,00
    Address and contacts: via del Porto, 8 (Get directions) / tel (+39) 0884581800
  2. Osteria Boccolicchio: Italian cuisine based on fresh fish
    Average price per person: € 20,00 - € 45,00
    Address and contacts: via Arco Boccolicchio, 15 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0884090317
  3. Il Cappero restaurant: traditional cuisine at zero kilometer
    Average price per person: € 22,00 - € 49,00
    Address and contacts: Viale Beccarini, 2 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0884662716
  4. The Locanda del Torrione: traditional cuisine and grilled meat
    Average price per person: € 15,00 - € 20,00
    Address and contacts: via delle Antiche Mura, 74 / A (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0884662791
  5. Gastronomy at the Duomo: Italian cuisine, pizza, snacks and sandwich bars
    Average price per person: € 15,00 - € 20,00
    Address and contacts: Corso Roma, 142 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0884582331

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Manfredonia

The bulk of Manfredonia's nightlife takes place in summer, when the beaches and bathing establishments are transformed into open-air discos. Throughout the year, however, there are a number of different and beautiful venues, all focused on waterfront area And in the alleys of via Aldo Moro.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • 1920 Club: restaurant specialized in drinks and aperitifs / Address: via Maddalena, 92 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • John Bull Pub: "classic" pub with themed evenings organized on Friday / Address: via Torre Annunziata 3/5 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Dubliners Irish Pub: Irish pub with a wide selection of beers / Address: Corso Manfredi, 242 (Get directions) / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Manfredonia: info and useful tips

  • the city is connected to the major centers of the Gargano through the bus lines of the SITA of Bari and the Saps Bus Line. Those traveling by car from the north must follow the A14 Adriatica motorway which goes from Bologna to Taranto. Coming from the south, take the A16 Autostrada dei Due Mari. The nearest airport is Karol Wojtyła in Bari-Palese, 124 km away, about an hour and a half by car. From May to October a shuttle service is available from the "Gargano Easy to Reach" airport.
  • Getting around: the city should be explored on foot. To move to nearby towns you can use the train, which connects Manfredonia with all the nearby towns.
  • Where to park: Free parking is available on the Lungomare del Sole, near the A. Ceserano Rehabilitation Center. Get directions
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 49,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: The beautiful Parco del Gargano, about 30 km away, which can be covered in about 43 minutes by car, and gives tourists the embarrassment of choosing what to see. Known to most for its beautiful beaches surrounded by coastal forests of pines and holm oaks, for the Umbra Forest and numerous other natural beauties that attract hundreds of visitors every year, the park is also the cradle of beautiful medieval villages such as Vieste, San Menaio, Peschici, Mattinata.

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