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Guide to visiting Manfredonia – Siponto


Said the pearl of the Gargano, marks the border between the Gargano and the Tavoliere delle Puglie. It is known as a seaside resort but has a lot to offer even under the historical artistic profile. Siponto is the ancient Manfredonia

Guide service

The guide service requires half a day.
Please contact Mr. Giampaolo Nanula +39 333 2637942
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The half-day visit of Manfredonia can be combined with the visit of San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte Sant’Angelo, Vieste, Peschici, Barletta, Canosa, Canne della Battaglia.

Half day itinerary

Meeting with the guide at the ancient abbey of San Leonardo in Lama Volora which rises on the road from Foggia to Manfredonia.
The enchantment of the Middle Ages here presents itself before our eyes. Great is the suggestion in visiting San Leonardo on the first day of Summer when the alignment between sun and this point of the earth is completed and a ray of sunshine, a single ray of sun, penetrates an oculus aligned on the roof.
The second stage is equally extraordinary: the park of the Basilicas. An artistic complex that contains both ancient and contemporary art, both of the highest level. And so here is next to the other the Basilica of Santa Maria di Siponto that carries on itself the burden of the centuries and side contrasted and harmonious at the same time the work of the artist Edoardo Tresoldi: a virtual and real, ancient church modern and postmodern at the same time.
Here is when contemporary art manages to leave everyone with an open mouth in amazement. A church made of wire mesh, transparent and almost incorporeal that blends with the landscape and the excavations of the ancient city of Siponto.
Finally we arrive in the city in Manfredonia where we visited the castle and then with the Gargano behind and the gulf in front we can eat an ice cream (famous ice cream of a kiosk near the castle)


Opening of the main monuments and fees

The national museum housed inside the Castle of Manfredonia to date (October 2018) can not be visited

The other two significant goals
San Leonardo in Lama Vlora and Santa Maria di Siponto are located outside the city

Castle of Manfredonia

Address: Corso Manfredi, 71043 Manfredonia FG
Opening hours: From Tuesday to Saturday open from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm, last entry at 7.00 pm. Sunday open from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm, last admission 7.00.
Price: Free admission
Note: Attention: at the moment the exhibition halls of the National Archaeological Museum can not be visited

Parco Archeologico Santa Maria di Siponto

It is a small church of probably Byzantine origin of great charm. It is located a couple of kilometers from the town where the ancient city of Siponto stood, of which some remains can be admired.

Address: Strada Statale 89 Garganica, 71040 Manfredonia FG
Opening hours: From 1/10 to 31/3 9.00-18.00. From 1/04 to 30/09 12.00-21.00. Closed on Monday and Tuesday
Price: Free admission

Abbey of San Leonardo in Lama Voltera

Address: Strada Statale 89 Garganica km 175,800
Opening hours: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm

Reconstruction of the Paleochristian Basilica of Siponto by the artist Edoardo Tresoldi

It is a work of contemporary art with a great impact. The artist Edoardo Tresoldi recreated the ancient medieval Paleocristine Basilica of Siponto using 7 tons of wire mesh. The result is very suggestive, and the public comes to see this work that combines the artistic vision of a contemporary artist with a historical scientific value.

Address: Parco Archeologico Santa Maria di Siponto
Opening hours: Summer 12.30 am - 9,30 pm. Winter 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Price: Free admission

(Italiano) Cattedrale di Manfredonia

Address: Via Arcivescovado
Opening hours: 8,30 am - 11,15 am. 4,30 pm - 8,00 pm
Price: free entrance

Diocesan Museum

Address: Via Arcivescovado (near the Cathedral)
Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10.00 am - 7.00 pm

Bus Parking

To visit the historic center, it is advisable to load and unload behind the castle.


No public toilets, ask the bars to use theirs


At midday on June 21st, the day of the summer solstice, the sun is aligned with an oculus on the church vault. In recent years, beautiful events have been organized to coincide with this event

Festival of farrata and u skagghjuzze – carnival period

Le informazioni contenute in questa pagina sono aggiornate al 23/02/2020