Vasto and surroundings
An Adriatic coastline area rich in culture, history and tourism. Sea, food and entertainment are only a part of what this area has to offer.
Overlooking the crystal Adriatic waters protected by a belt of the Apennines, Vasto has always been considered one of the most fascinating cities of central Italy. It is loved and appreciated for its ancient history which originated by the Homeric hero Diomedes, and admired for its natural beauty. Vasto is a unique city where tradition blends with modernity.
Vasto is waiting for you with its wonderful beaches surrounded by the Mediterranean scrub vegetation, guaranteed to impress even the pickiest guests.
Diving in the waters of Punta Aderci, one of the most important regional nature reserves, walking on the beaches of Libertini and Punta Penna, discover the characteristic "trabocchi" are just some of the options to be discovered!
Vasto is the ideal place for those seeking a holiday full of nature and relaxation but also with the options to have fun and do sports such as trekking, cycling or horse riding.
Vasto offers a fascinating nature walk that starts from the beach Mottagrossa and finishes at the protected area of dunes to the south of Vasto Marina.
It is impossible to resist the breathtaking views of the wonderful turquoise-blue sea among the green hills and the fine, golden sand.
The treasures of the city
Vasto is a treasure trove of art and culture waiting to be discovered. There is a rich historical heritage and testimonies of great characters enclosed within the walls of the beautiful old town which overlooks the Adriatic Sea. You will become enchanted by visiting the historic buildings and architectural masterpieces that overlooks the romantic Loggia Amblingh, one of the most beautiful panoramic walks of Abruzzo which descends towards Palazzo d'Avalos, the historic residence of the Marquis of the city, and then walk up to discover the Caldoresco Castle and Tower of Bassano.
The Archaeological Museum, the Art Gallery, Teatro Rossetti, the Gallery of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Costume, together with the artistic exhibition Premio Vasto, will take you on a journey through archeology and contemporary art. There are plenty of places of worship in Vasto, there are about 26 cathedrals and small chapels, the most impressive being the St. Joseph's Cathedral, that dominates the main square and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, with its wide aisles, which houses the precious Holy Thorn.
Alternatively you can visit the house of Gabriele Rossetti (now the Centre for Rossettiani Studies) who was born in Vasto and died in exile in London, where his son Dante Gabriel became one of the leading exponents of the Pre-Raphaelites.
The surrounding area... a scenic landscape
The "Green Region of Europe", Abruzzo, where nature and art blend harmoniously, boasts the most extraordinary and varied historical and artistic heritage of the country and has numerous cities, located between the mountains and the sea, to enchant visitors. The medieval Guardiagrele, the capital of wrought iron, Rocca S. Giovanni, Fossacesia with the beautiful Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere, Fara San Martino, an ancient and picturesque village of Longobard origin, famous for its brands De Cecco, Del Verde and Cocco, pasta producers of unrivaled quality, and Villa Santa Maria, the "homeland" of the best chefs in the world.
From a naturalistic point of view the badlands of the Alento valley and the Foro valley are interesting visit. They are located in the district of Fara Filiolum Petri, Bucchianico and Casalincontrada, and the waterfalls of Rio Verde, in Borrello, which, with a drop of about 200 meters, represent the highest waterfalls in Italy and among the largest in Europe. The two artificial lakes of Bomba and Casoli are also popular sights to see where the dams made by man have created a favorable habitat for many species of fish, while in the oasis Serranella, the river Aventine and the Gogna stream, flowing into the Sangro, form a pond frequented by wading birds.
The mountainous territory, including the area of the Majella National Park, offers well-known winter sports centers such as Maielletta, Passo Lanciano, Pizzoferrato, Gamberale and beautiful sceneries as the Blockaus or the Valley of Santo Spirito.
“Trabocchi” are the most fascinating of the rugged southern coastline, which culminates, a few kilometers from the border of Molise, with the steep and wild cliffs of Punta Aderci, and the Marine Nature Reserve nicknamed the little Normandy. These amazing and picturesque fishing huts sitting on stilts hang over the sea like enormous spiders, joined to the mainland by long wooden walkways. You can find these extraordinary architectures along the coast from Francavilla al Mare to San Salvo, known as La Costa Trabocchi. One of the most famous is, without any doubt, the "Trabocco Turchino" which Gabriele D'Annunzio described in the novel “Il trionfo della Morte” as «the great Fishing machine, similar to the skeleton of a giant amphibian».
It is on these shores that man, not satisfied with the generosity of Mother Nature, wanted to include sublime architectural elements such as the "Trabocchi", solitary stilts connected to the mainland by rickety bridges that stubbornly resist the waves. How wonderful Trabocchi are! Stationary, like giant spiders hanging over the sea, large woven webs which have been from hardened by salty hands that catch darting fish ... Musical Angels, illuminated at night by the white moonlight, strings plucked by the Wind crying at the memory of the alleged gifts from God Neptune...
- Rocca San Giovanni
- Fossacesia and the San Giovanni in Venere Abbey
- Fara San Martino: village of Longobard origin, famous for pasta producers of unrivaled quality
- Villa Santa Maria: the "homeland" of the best chefs in the world
- The "calanchi" of Alento and Foro valleys
- The natural waterfalls of the Rio Verde in Borrello, defined the highest in Italy and the largest in Europe
- The mountainous territory