It is likely that Rodi Garganico’s area has been inhabited since prehistoric days; however it was the Late Middle Ages that brought prosperity and a large and thriving farming community growing sweet citrus, especially oranges.
So it is no surprise that Rodi Garganico’s oasi agrumaria (citrus sanctuary) was a landmark for processing and exporting oranges, which were appreciated as far as in America.
What today appears as the beautiful Gargano sea was once also the bearer of serious threats. These included not only sea storms and gales, which caused frequent accidents to fishermen, but also pirate raids. The fear of those times can still be clearly seen in the town planning of Rodi Garganico, with houses built one on top of the other, narrow and winding streets that sought to offer hiding places and shelter to those who were pursued for some reason.
The new marina in Rodi Garganico is one of the main points of interest, as it is a perfect example of how landscapes, services and respect for nature can be combined. It is the privileged place to embark towards the Tremiti Islands and also for those arriving by boat it represents a convenient and functional support for visiting the nearby islands of the Croatian archipelago.
Apulia is also a highly spiritual and religious land, with Gargano encompassing essential destinations such as San Giovanni Rotondo and Monte Sant’Angelo.
Rodi Garganico itself hosts impressive churches, like St. Nicholas, whose belfry was once used as a watchtower.
The most important is probably the Santuario di Madonna della Libera sanctuary, from which the procession for the patron saint feast takes off on 2 July.