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San Marco in Lamis is a town and comune in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of Southern Italy. It is on the Gargano peninsula, an isolated mountain massif at the "spur" of the Italian "boot". San Marco in Lamis is part of the Gargano National Park, a protected area founded in 1991, that is mainly covered by forest (the so-called Foresta Umbra).


The town was built around the Monastery of St. Matthew (Santuario San Matteo sul Gargano), which was erected in the 10th and 11th century.

In 1793 San Marco in Lamis was designated a "city" by Royal Decree; this was due to enhanced agricultural activities which led to an economic recovery and a growing number of inhabitants.

The historical roots and traditions are important for many inhabitants and widely visible: the yearly Good Friday processions with the folkloric fracchie processions are well-known throughout Italy.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest airport is Bari (Aeroporto Bari Palese, BRI IATA) which can be reached from various European and Italian cities.

By train[edit]

The train station of San Marco in Lamis was on the main road SS 272, about 11 km outside the city, along the railway line connecting Peschici and San Severo. Since 2015 the station has been permanently closed.

By car[edit]

You can get to San Marco in Lamis by A14 highway, which runs from Bologna to Taranto following the Adriatic coast.

By bus[edit]

The bus service in the region is offered by the bus company SITA.

Get around[edit]


There are some historical and religious sites visitors of San Marco in Lamis should not missː

  • Santuario San Matteo sul Gargano, Via 20 Luglio, San Marco in Lamis. Monastery on the slopes of Monte Celano, that is a popular destination for pilgrims.
  • [dead link] Santuario Oasi Santa Maria di Stignano, Strada Statale 272, Contrada Stignano, San Marco in Lamis. The Santuario Oasi Santa Maria di Stignano is the oldest Marian sanctuary in the area with fine architecture of the 16th century.
  • Museo Paleontologici Dei Dinosauri, Borgo Celano, San Marco in Lamis. Interactive museum dedicated to the prehistoric times of the dinosaurs






  • 1 Agriturismo Le Chiancate (Agriturismo nel Gargano), Località Coppa di Mezzo, C. da Micheletti, 71014 San Marco in Lamis, +39 0882 1995666, . Charming farm house in the Gargano National Park offering rooms and apartments; ideal for families, relax and sport activities, pet friendly. Double rooms from €50, triple rooms from €65, quadruple rooms from €75, apartments from €80.


Go next[edit]

Nice locations near by and worth a visit are the towns Vieste and San Giovanni Rotondo as well as Monte Sant'Angelo and the lovely Foresta Umbra.

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