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Rodi Garganico

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Rodi Garganico is a town and commune in the province of Foggia, Apulia, south-eastern Italy. Located on a promontory east of the Lago di Varano, it is part of the Gargano National Park and of the Mountain Community of Gargano.Rodi is center for the production of citrus fruits such us Arance del Gargano and Lemon "Femminiello" of Gargano, both DOP products cultivated since the Middle AgesIt is a seaside resort with several long beaches located both north and south to the town.HistoryRodi is located in an area inhabited since prehistoric times. According to early 19th century historian Michelangelo Manicone its origins are connected to the Dauni ancient people, while, according to other version, it could have been founded by Greek colonists from Rhodes. Pliny the Elder mentions a Portus Garnae which has been identified as the modern Rodi Garganico.After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Rodi was destroyed by the Ostrogoths in 485 AD and rebuilt in 553 after the Gothic War. In 950 it was attacked by the Saracens. In 1461 it was occupied by the Aragonese. Starting from the 16th century, it became one of the main center for the production and trading of agrumes in southern Italy.
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