Along the continuous succession of golden beaches, verdant coves and overhangs over the crystal clear sea that characterize Rodi Garganico, grow the gardens of scented orange trees that have made Rodi the small capital of Gargano citrus fruits, already one of the main centres of production and export of oranges and lemons at the beginning of the twentieth century.
But the history of Rodi, suspended between heaven and heart, starts much farther away.
The medieval walls of the village surround the historic centre creating foreshortenings to be admired. Particularly noteworthy are the picturesque neighborhood of “Vuccolo”- with its steep streets and stairways leading to the sea- and il borgo “Sotto il Castello”, which preserves the remains of the ancient fortifications and offers a suggestive and very long terrace overlooking the murge (the particular rocks that rise from the sea).
The historic centre of Rodi Garganico preserves traces of its ancient origins. The typical white houses that develop vertically, almost overlapping each other were built so close together in order to protect themselves from enemy incursions coming from the sea.
Today it is absolutely necessary to feel the sensation of walking through the narrow streets that climb, leaving you the feeling of being protected by a hug.
Among the places of interest, we point out the Church of San Pietro, with statues dating back to 1500.
Equally noteworthy are the splendid Greek-Byzantine bell tower of San Nicola di Mira Church and the Sanctuary of Madonna della Libera, in elegant baroque style where the precious “Quadro della Madonna” is kept.
If you are lucky, you may find yourself on vocation in Rodi Garganico on one of its special days.
On starts in May, the season of citrus fruits in bloom.
Towards the end of the month the usual Orange Festival is held, during which it is possible to consume sweets, jams and liqueurs prepared with our fruits and to admire along the streets of the town particular compositions and arrangements with citrus fruits.
In the first 3 days of July, for example, the patronal feast dedicated to Madonna della Libera and San Cristoforo is held. For this circumstance the sacred effigy of the Madonna and the imposing statue of the Saint are accompanied in procession along the streets of the historic centre. The whole town participates.
Without forgetting, in July and August the programming of Rodi Summer enliven and accompanies the evenings with musical performances, film festivals, theatrical events, painting exhibitions, concerts and festivals. The event ends with the Festival delle Bande in which the most famous bands of Puglia participate.