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This quaint old Medieval house 'Casa in Piazza' is located in a the pedestrian only part of the historical center in a small piazza (square) in the center of Vasto on the Adriatic in the unspoilt region of Abruzzo with views over the square. Only a couple of minutes walk from the many bars, restaurants and boutiques and from the main piazza and the pedestrian marble and cobbled streets.
The town is situated just above the Adriatic coast of Italy and the house is within walking distance 15 mins (down steps) of the beach.
The house has a large open plan ground floor with a kitchenette with oak worktop, electric oven and gas hob. The lounge /diner has an antique brick open fireplace typical of an Italian medieval town house. The opening shuttered front window by the extending dining table (seats 4) has views out onto the piazza. The lounge area contains 2 single sofa-beds which can be put together to make another double bed if required.
The marble stairs lead up to the large character family bathroom with high wood beamed ceiling and features a wc, bidet, basin with vanity unit and mirror, bath with shower over.The double bedroom also features a high wood beamed ceiling, with king size bed, and french doors leading to a small south facing sunny Juliette balcony with lovely views over the piazza. There is free street car parking 2 mins walk from the apartment should you need it . Parking is either in the street which is free of charge on a first come first served basis, or you can park in a toll car park nearby or a large multi-story car park about a 5 minute walk away from the house. A car is not needed in Vasto unless you wish to explore further afield.
Casa in Piazza is an ideal base for a couple to sample 'real' Italy and those wishing to explore the beautiful town and for a beach holiday too. The house is also suitable for families as there are two separate single sofa-beds in the lounge and children are welcome. The house is also suitable for two couples, as the single sofa-beds can be put together to make another king size bed in the lounge. (sleeps max 4 persons) No under 5's sorry.
We also rent a character Medieval ground floor apartment (sleeps 4) with vaulted ceilings also in Vasto only 5 mins walk from this house should you require accommodation on one level or more accommodation for a larger party. Children of all ages are welcome at the apartment.
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.
If you are looking for 'real Italy' then look no further than Abruzzo. Just don't forget to bring your phrase book! 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 as everything you need for a fantastic holiday is right here in Vasto.
Please read my reviews on Trip Advisor, and you will see why my guests regularly return!
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, and 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. Vasto has a micro climate and is sunny and warm for most of the year.
April and May are 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.
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 wonderful stay!
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.
The Tremiti Islands are reachable by ferry (50 mins) which goes daily from Termoli and Vasto port in the summer. Here you can sit on the beach or hire a boat and go snorkeling or diving in the crystal clear water. Rome is less than 3 hours away, and can be reached by air-conditioned coach from Vasto bus station should you wish to have a day trip or over night stay there.
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.
There really is no need for a car here as everything you could want is on your doorstep for either a weekend city break or for 2 weeks on the beach!
We are English, and now live close by and are always on hand with help and advice. We provide a full information brochure in the apartment with areas of local interest, maps, recommended restaurants and a full programme of events for during your stay. We email each guest before their arrival with information of events that may interest them that are happening in and around Vasto during their stay. We meet and greet each and every guest on arrival, and show them to the house. We look forward to welcoming you to Casa in Piazza in beautiful Vasto!
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 plenty of nearby antico borgi (old hill towns) to explore nearby as well as miles of golden beaches.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the high number of inquiries we receive on a daily basis, unless you intend to book, please do not email to ask availability or price as these are kept up to date and are displayed on this advert Please email me if you have any other questions and I will be happy to help.Th
All bed linen is provided free of charge and is changed weekly. For occupancy over 2 people, there is a charge of £10 per extra person per week (or per stay if less than a week) to cover laundry costs...moreless
Living room has 2 single sofa-beds which can be put together to make a king size bed. There is a tv for dvd's and a selection of dvd's and books.The living room is open plan with the kitchen/diner ...moreless
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Mar 28 - May 31, 2015
5 night min stay
Jun 1 - Jul 10, 2015
5 night min stay
Jul 11 - Aug 31, 2015
5 night min stay
Sep 1 - Oct 11, 2015
5 night min stay
Oct 12 - Dec 18, 2015
5 night min stay
Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016
5 night min stay
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5 night min stay
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Car: Not Necessary
Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: I retired young (under 40) and live in Vasto, Abruzzo with my wife Judy. We bought our apartment in 2006 for a holiday home, and loved it so much here that within 3 years we had moved here permanently! We have now bought another house in the same town only 5 minutes walk away from the apartment, so are always on hand with advise information and help for our guests. We spend most of our time snorkelling and spear fishing and messing about in our boat. In the winter, we drive up to the Maiella mountains, just over an hour away and go skiing.
Why the Owner Chose Chieti:
In 2006 we were looking for a holiday home in Italy, and stumbled across the fairly unknown Abruzzo. It's beautiful countryside and lively towns drew us to it along with it's huge sandy sweeping beaches. Vasto is one of the very few Medieval towns that sit along the coastline, close enough to walk to the beach. Most are located in the hills a good drive away from the sea. This is what makes Vasto so special. The town has grown into a sophisticated holiday resort for wealthy Romans, many of whom have a second home here for the summer. We bought our Medieval apartment, and then after 3 years decided to move here permanently and rent out our apartment. We had such a great success with it, this year we decided to buy another property for rental and were lucky enough to find this fantastic little house in a beautiful piazza only 5 minutes walk from our other apartment. The town is still relatively unknown elsewhere, and therefore unspoilt by tourism. If you want a 'real' Italian holiday, then come here not only for the beaches, but the beautiful town itself and all it has to offer. Don't forget to bring your phrase book though!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Whilst you might find other properties for rent in Abruzzo, almost all will be located in or near hilltowns a long drive from the coast. In Vasto, we have the best of both worlds, with beautiful scenery, and a town with a sea view and walkable beach. There really is no need for a car here, unlike other hill towns, as everything is right here on your doorstep. Not only is the house walking distance to the beach, it is only a couple of minutes walk to the many restaurants, bars and pavement cafes. Everything is here for a perfect holiday all within easy reach.
Casa in Piazza. Looking out onto the pedestrian only square 2 mins walk to shops
Bedroom with original wood beamed ceiling and balcony
Bathroom with original high wood beamed ceiling and window with view.
Single sofa-beds can also be made into a king size bed if put together
Bar in Piazza, great for people watching! only 3 minutes walk
Piazza Rossetti 3 minutes walk from the house
Vasto park 4 minutes walk
Local produce market 3 minutes walk
Pavement cafe next to the Cathedral 4 minutes walk
Medieval festa in August through the town
Vasto Historical Center where the house is located in a pedestrian piazza
Dining area with fireplace
Kitchenette with oak worktop, oven with gas hob, extractor and fridge.
Bathroom with shower over the bath
Vasto Marina beach 5 mins by car/bus or 25 mins walk
Trabocco beach (wooden fishing pier) 5 mins by car or 20 mins walk
Beach at Punta Penna nature reserve in Vasto
Local produce market 3 minutes walk
Trabocco beach 15 minutes walk down steps, great for snorkeling and fishing
Castle 5 minutes walk from the house
Palazzo gardens overlooking the Adriatic 3 minutes walk
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