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The wonderfully whitewashed town of Veste is a perfectly picturesque place that tumbles down a glimmering cliff face into the sparkling sea. Spectacular sunsets cast an incandescent light over the town, transforming it into a seaside sensation of ethereal beauty. A smattering of historic monuments add a cultural element to this coastal gem, providing a distraction from the gleaming sands of the blissful beach. Rustic restaurants and traditional taverns serve freshly caught fish and imitable specialities, nurturing an authentic ambience that originates from bygone days.
Indulge your morbid curiosity with a visit to La Salata, a magnificent Christian graveyard that dates back to the 4th century. Delve into the subterranean depths of the rugged cave in order to discover narrow tombs carved into the jutting rocks; the sacred and somnolent atmosphere in this fascinating space in entirely unforgettable.
Hailed as the town’s most iconic landmark, the Cathedral is a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture that is sure to arrest those who gaze upwards at it. A filigreed and flamboyant tower shoots skywards, while within religious relics and seemingly interminable arches create a palable air of ecclesiastical elegance.
Sample the sublime specialities characteristic of this rich region upon a visit to Osteria Al Duomo, a rustic restaurant that occupies a prime position beside the cathedral. A cosy, cavernous interior welcomes guests with it flickering candlelight and traditional décor, while a menu offers a tantalising selection of handmade pastas with sumptuous sauces and freshly caught seafood. (Via Alessandro III, 23, 71019 Vieste FG, Italy)