Certificate of Excellence Winner 2017
Located directly in the historical city center of Vasto on the Adriatic coast of Italy, this large and spacious 70 sq.m. open plan apartment (monolocale) is located on the ground floor of a typical medieval town house, with opening windows to the front aspect, vaulted ceilings and antique brickwork.
*Wifi internet is available in the apartment, we provide up to 4GB free *
Pescara airport via Ryanair from Stansted is 50 minutes from Vasto. You can hire a car here, or I can arrange a taxi pick up service on arrival (advance notice required)
Rome is 3 hours away, and Vasto can be reached by direct air-conditioned coach. Details will be sent after booking if requested.
The apartment has a romantic intimate feel, with Art Deco style furniture, silk and brocade soft furnishings, and plenty of space to relax and unwind. Recently restored and refurbished , the lounge area has a double sprung sofa-bed and an extra sofa (seating for 4), a tv with a large range of DVD's and we also provide books and guide books on the area.Internet connection is also available and we provide up to 4GB free. There is a lovely feature decorative fireplace and Art Deco coffee tables and sideboard.
The fully equipped kitchen has an oven and 2 ring electric hob, fridge and freezer. The dining area has an extending table and seating for 4.
The large bedroom area has king sized bed and dressing area with 2 wardrobes and a dressing table. Fans are provided for the summer, but the vaulted ceiling in the apartment tends to keep it cooler inside than the outside temperature, which is a huge bonus in the hot summer months.
The apartment has a separate shower wetroom (no curtain) set under the Medieval brick vaulted ceiling. It has a w.c, bidet and basin with vanity and shaving mirror as well as a heated towel radiator and window to the side. There is a small front porch which is useful for drying out beach towels (clothes rack provided) or you can sit outside if you wish with an aperativo!
Please note that this is an open plan apartment only a curtain separates the large bedroom from the lounge area (to preserve the vaulted ceilings) There is a sprung sofa-bed in the lounge and a double bed at the back, and children of all ages are welcome. Maximum number of guests is 4.
Beach towels can be provided with advanced notice, one per person per stay (supplement payable €10 total to cover laundry costs)
We accept arrivals on any day of the week Check in after 15:00 until 20:00. Late check in may incur an extra charge and is by prior arrangement only. Check out before 10:00. . We try to be flexible on this when ever possible depending on other bookings.
We also own Historical Center house near beach if you wish to have an separate bedroom upstairs also listed on this website.
There is free street car parking and several car parks including a secure multi-story car park all only 2 mins walk from the house should you need it. We provide all our guests with a parking map after booking, along with a pdf brochure on Vasto detailing what to see and do in and around town.
Positioned in a quiet street but only 2 minutes walk to restaurants, cafes, boutiques, churches, museums and art galleries, it is ideal for both a short city break and a beach holiday, with the nearest beach 15 minutes walk away (down steps), or the prestigious Blue Flag awarded Vasto Marina beach only 5 minutes by the regular bus service or 20 minutes walk. There are miles of golden sands, where sun beds and umbrellas can be hired and also excellent snorkeling and fishing opportunities with lots of quiet coves all along the coast. You can even hire a motorboat at Vasto beach and go and explore the coastline.
Vasto has everything right on it's doorstep and is ideal for both a city break or a few weeks in the sun on the beach. Unlike most hill towns in Abruzzo, a car is not necessary here.
Vasto marina beach is a huge sandy shallow sloping beach with water ideal for children. Here you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas and behind the beach there are snack bars and restaurants. You can also hire motor boats and pedalos from here. It is reachable by car or regular bus in 5 minutes. It holds the prestigious Blue Flag award. The closest beach is reachable down steps and is a 15 minute walk. It is a small rock and pebble beach ideal for snorkeling and fishing.
Aqualand water park is only 15 minutes away by bus and is ideal for a day with children.
May is beautiful, with many days in the 70's ( low 20's) and the flowers and plants are blooming. June is my favourite month with warm sea and deserted beaches. Then comes the high heat and humidity in the summer months of July and August, which is a great time to visit for the beaches and the sea, where the sea temperature rises to 80 degrees (26) and the activities that the town arrange for the visiting Romans, such as jazz in the park, rock bands in the piazza, carnival, local pageant, and wine tastings etc, most of which are free to attend. The town is very lively at this time of year.
September is quiet when all the Romans have left, but the summer is by no means over, and the beaches are once again deserted and quiet, but with high temperatures and perfect for a peaceful beach holiday, we also have our patron saint festa the last weekend in September with concerts, bands and fireworks.
October is still summer here, and you can still expect weather similar to that in May if not warmer. Whichever month you choose to come, you can be sure of a real Italian experience!
Vasto town is built on the Roman ruins of Histonium, and is a Medieval town with great charm and character. There is plenty to see and do in the town itself, churches and cathedrals, the Roman baths with mosaics, a Medieval Castle, the lovely park with it's large duck pond and fountain and the Palace.There is also a running track, a tennis club, and indoor swimming pool and fitness club with gym, all within a few minutes walk of the house.
On a Saturday morning there is a local produce market selling cheese, cured meats and fresh fruit and vegetables from the local farms. It is full of local characters and a great photo opportunity. There is also another Saturday market selling a variety of goods including leather bags and belts, clothes and shoes.
There are plenty of pavement cafes and bars and restaurants to while away the days in, along with the many high class boutiques to window shop in, including Burberry, Gucci Jewellery, Marella, MaxMara and of course a huge array of beautiful shoe shops!
There are museums, art galleries, a costume museum, archaeological gardens in the Palazzo. A large portion of the town is pedestrian only and therefore safe and quiet. A favourite pastime of the Vastese is the passegiata or evening stroll, where everybody dresses in their finest and strolls around the town chatting and stopping for aperativo with friends.
Although Vasto is little known in Europe, it is an Italian secret, and a favourite summer destination of the wealthy Romans, who have been coming here for years, many having second homes here. It offers plenty to do for a long weekend or with the added bonus of the beach, a fortnights holiday. Please remember this is the 'real' Italy, so not many people here speak English. You will need to bring a phrase book and dictionary if your grasp of the language is limited. All restaurant menus are in Italian. I do provide a brochure in the house with a guide of what to expect, but you will not find International cuisine here, it is very Italian and restaurants serve mainly fish based dishes. The local delicacy is Brodetto, a fish stew cooked with olive oil, tomatoes and garlic, delicious! The locals here rise early, eat at 12.30 then have a siesta, then aperativi are served at 18.00. The restaurants do not open until 20.00 after which it is time for another passagiata before bed which is midnight or later in high summer.
Cultural events occur throughout the year, with festivals of music, classical and rock concerts, Jazz in the park, film festival and food festivals, along with historical pageantry dating back to the 17th century. The local saints day of San Michele is a festa held on the last weekend in September and is a massive celebration with bands, music, market stalls all ending the the biggest and best firework display you have ever seen! Almost all of these are free to attend or watch. Aqualand water park (15 minutes by bus)is one of the biggest in the region and has many fun slides and amusements for children.
The closest beach is pebble and rock and ideal for snorkeling. The Blue Flag sandy Marina beach is gently shelving and ideal for children. Here you can find all amenities such as sunbeds, umbrellas, toilet and shower facilities, restaurants, snackbars, gelateria, motor boat hire and pedalo hire.
You can hire a car in Vasto if you wish to explore further afield, including the nature reserves, the Majaletta mountain park and the caves and grottoes. There are nearby old hill towns to explore too.
Vasto is on the Adriatic coast of the Chieti region of Abruzzo and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are many national parks and nature reserves, with caves and grottoes nearby, both inland and by the sea. The Appenine mountains are only 1 h 15 mins by car should you wish to explore further afield and drive up to the Maiella mountain.
The cavellone caves are a fantastic day out in the summer, and a break from the heat in July or August. The view from the cable car over the mountains is not to be missed.
The Tremiti Islands are reachable by ferry (50 mins) which goes daily from Termoli or Vasto port in the summer. Here you can sit on the beach or hire a boat or go swimming, snorkeling or diving in the crystal clear water.