Mattinata is one of the smallest inhabited centers of the Gargano, it is located at 78 m asl on a hill on the edge of a wide plain planted with olive trees. The village, whose rural origins date back to the 18th century, has a checkerboard layout. The urban agglomeration lacks historically and architecturally relevant artefacts. Palaces of some importance, more for their size than for their architecture, are: the Mantuano palace in the Iunno district, the poorest in the town; the Barretta palace, currently the Town Hall and the parish church. The Mantuano palace is the oldest of all, dates back to 1840. It consists of a mezzanine floor, a basement and a basement. Very characteristic are the portal, a chimney, some windows and a small balcony overlooking the plain and the sea. Mattinata had a certain importance in Roman times (Matinum), when ships loaded with oil and wine departed from its port. The remains of a villa discovered near the marina date back to that period, but the place was already inhabited in much more remote times, as evidenced by the traces of a Bronze Age settlement discovered near Monte Saraceno.