When the moon hits you eye like a big pizza pie
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
Bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
And you’ll sing “Vita bella”
Dean Martin – That’s amore
That song was the first thing to come to my mind the second my husband suggested to have a romantic night by the sea, one September evening in Italy. He had spotted a place with a nice view and asked me if I had any idea how to get there. Oh but I did!
Vieste Vecchio (Old Vieste or Old Town Vieste) is compact and lovely, but instead of going up the narrow streets, make a left towards the water and pass by the Museum and keep going to your left. You’ll see a string of cafes and restaurants with a view of the lighthouse.
We stopped at one of them, took a look at the reasonably priced menu and sit down to order. A pizza (shared) and two cappuccini. Meantime, it got darker outside and , to our lovely surprise, the waiter bough a candle to the table. And we ordered some wine.
With such a romantic setting, it turned out to be , probably, the best romantic night we have had so far. And if you are interested in the cost, it was under 20 euros including tips!
We have always loved an authentic atmosphere which resonates with the place we visit. It certainly made sense to enjoy a romantic night out, sampling the local wine and pizza.
Vieste is located on the Garganic Coast, facing the Adriatic Sea. It is the largest resort in the area (Peschici, close by, is another gem worth exploring) and a place where English is not spoken. Yet, it didn’t bother me. We both speak enough Italian to get by so we got a chance to learn more Italian. Plus, that’s the best way to get to know a place, by talking the language and shopping where locals shop.
The small town is all but deserted during winter – yet it can offer a lovely experience, too – and springs back to life during the summer season.
How to get to:
During summer, a host of airlines (including low cost ones) fly to Bari. From there you can get on an express bus directly to Vieste in less than 3 hours. During winter, you’d need to take the train or bus to Foggia and then connect to another bus to get to Vieste.
Accommodation can be pricy but expect to find doubles for 60 euros a night.
You can easily find places to eat for less than 20 euros / 2 adults including drinks. Pizzas are big enough to be shared between two adults.
The market is also an excellent place to dig for local products. Different types of olives and cheeses will make you drool.
All photos by Traveling Cricket and may not be used without permission.