Foggia

Italy

In the heart of the plain called the Tavoliere delle Puglie, Foggia dominates “Italy’s granary,” enchanting visitors with its rich history and important archaeological artefacts.

Higlights

Foggia is a city and comune of Apulia, in Southern Italy, capital of the province of Foggia.

Main sights are:

The cathedral of Santa Maria de Fovea, which is directly linked with the patron saint “Madonna dei Sette Veli” (Madonna of the Seven Veils). This site has two levels of architectural style: the lower part is Romanesque, as with many Apulian churches; the upper part is a remarkable example of Baroque. The upper part was reconstructed after an earthquake that destroyed a great part of the historical centre.

Palazzo Dogana, the historical seat of the sheep custom. On July 2013 this Palace was elected by UNESCO as “Messenger Monument of the Culture of Peace” for its role in the cultural exchanges during centuries.
Chiesa delle Croci (“Church of the Crosses”), I Tre Archi (“The Three Arches”), Arco di Federico II (“Arch of Frederick II”) and Archaeological park of Passo di Corvo.

The 12th-century Cattedrale della Santa Maria Icona Vetere (tel. 0881-773482) lies off Piazza del Lago. The province’s largest cathedral, it was constructed in an unusual Norman and Apulian baroque style. Today, after extensive repairs and expansions, the Duomo is an eclectic mix of styles. The present campanile (bell tower) was built to replace the one destroyed in the 1731 quake. The crypt was built in the Romanesque style, and some of its “excavation” was compliments of Allied bombers in 1943. The cathedral is open daily from 8am to noon and 5 to 8pm; admission is free.

The other notable attraction is the Civic Museum (Museo Civico), Piazza Nigri (tel. 0881-720595), featuring exhibits on Apulia’s archaeology and ethnography. It’s housed in the remains of the residence of Frederick II and is open daily from 9am to 1pm and also Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 5 to 7pm. Admission is 3€ ($4.35).
It is a communication and industrial center and the main wheat market of Southern Italy. Foggia is famous for its watermelons and tomatoes.

Although less important than once before, the agricultural sector remains the mainstay of Foggia’s economy. This area is nicknamed the “granary of Italy”. The few industries present are mostly devoted to food processing. Craftsmanship is also encouraged and develope.

Planning a Trip in Foggia

Getting There

Foggia is at the crossroads of the Lecce-Bologna rail line and the Bari-Naples run, so it’s easy to get here from just about anywhere in Italy. Trains from Naples, involving a change in Caserta, arrive four times daily; the trip lasts about 3 hours and costs 21€ ($30) one-way. Trains arrive from Bari every hour during the day, taking 1 1/2 hours and costing 7.50€ ($11) one-way. There are also four trains daily from Rome, which take 4 hours and cost 30€ ($44). Trains arrive at Foggia’s Stazione Centrale in the center of Piazza Vittorio Veneto (tel. 892021).

By car, follow Route 90 from Naples to Foggia. From Bari, take A14.

Visitor Information

The tourist office is at Corso Giannone Pietro 1 (tel. 0881-720984), open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm and 4 to 7pm.

Contact

Municipality of Foggia
email
urp@cert.comune.foggia.it
address
CORSO GARIBALDI, 58
phone
0881.792111