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Top Choice Puglian in Vieste

Vecchia Vieste

Look beyond the stony, cavernous interior of this modest-seeming restaurant to find what is possibly the best homemade, hand-shaped orecchiette in Puglia (and that's saying something). Try it topped with the obligat…
Osteria in Vieste

Osteria Al Duomo

Tucked away in a picturesque narrow alley in the heart of the old town, this welcoming osteria has a cosy cave-like interior and outdoor seating under a shady arbour. And it's not relying on its plum position to get…
Cathedral in Vieste


Built by the Normans on the ruins of a Vesta temple, this 11th-century 'co-cathedral' (so called because its bishopric is shared with another) is in Pugliese-Romanesque style with a fanciful tower that resembles a c…
Italian in Vieste

Taverna Al Cantinone

Another of Vieste's above-average dining choices, Al Cantinone is a convivial, welcoming place set in a deep, vaulted room. Pugliese classics are rendered with aplomb, and there are more unusual dishes (such as squi…
Cemetery in Vieste

La Salata

This palaeo-Christian graveyard dating from the 4th to 6th centuries AD is 9km out of town. Inside the cave, tier upon tier of narrow tombs are cut into the rock wall; others form shallow niches in the cave floor. G…
Museum in Vieste

Museo Malacologico

This esoteric shell museum has four rooms of fossils and molluscs, some enormous and all beautifully patterned and coloured. Note the seasonal opening hours.
Historic Site in Vieste

Chianca Amara

Vieste's most gruesome sight is this worn and polished stone where thousands were beheaded when Turks sacked Vieste in the 16th century.