The Tremiti islands are not only beautiful because of their crystal clear seas and unspoilt nature, but also because they are rich with historical monuments. The island of S. Nicola is a beautiful, exquisitely beautiful, open-air museum. We suggest you walk up following the walls, taking time now and again to admire the view through the openings in the fortification.
Once in the centre of the village, you should go up the steps leading to the Abbey.
The interior of the church is a true marvel: from its mosaic floor to the central nave, undoubtedly the most impressive part of the church. Looking up, you will also see the wooden polyptich on the main altar, a masterpiece of gilded carving, and the wooden cross with its particular shape, typical of Greek/Byzantine iconography, that it is said was carried here by the sea. And, lastly, the wooden statue of the Virgin Mary and child, S. Maria a Mare, whose deep complexions also reveal Greek/Byzantine influence.
The San Nicola archipelago was also a prison during the Fascist period, where even the future president of the republic, Sandro Pertini was once detained.