Lying just to the south of the medieval town of Vieste and nestled in part below white cliffs is Pizzomunno Beach, also known as Castle Beach. This long stretch of fine sand shelves gently into the sea and is named after a large limestone monolith at its northern end.
This huge rock is approximately 82 feet (25 meters) high and is the subject of a local legend, of which there are several versions. According to one story, a young man called Pizzomunno was turned into the stone by sirens who were jealous of his love for Cristalda, a local girl. Another account says he turned to stone in grief after the sirens threw Cristalda into the sea in a fit of jealousy.
Find a spot on one of the beach's free spaces or rent a sun lounge and umbrella at any of the private beach clubs known as lidos. Some of these bathing establishments have bars and restaurants.
In between bouts of sunbathing, go for a swim or a paddle in the water, which is at its warmest in July and August. The shallow depth makes Pizzomunno an ideal place for inexperienced swimmers and young children to splash around.
Stretch your legs with a walk along the promenade or by the long shoreline. Stroll up to the monolith and take photographs by the legendary limestone column.
Pizzomunno Beach is an easy walk from the center of Vieste, which sits on the cliffs that border this stretch of the coast. If you are driving to the beach, park in the metered parking spots. Access the beach from several points along the promenade.
While you are in the area, visit some of Vieste’s main attractions. Stroll along the medieval town’s narrow streets and visit the cathedral, the shell museum and the 13th-century castle.