This quaint recently restored Medieval house 'Casa in Piazza' is located in a the cobbled pedestrian residential part of the historical center of Vasto on the Adriatic coast of Italy in the unspoilt region of Abruzzo. Only a minutes walk to the many bars, restaurants and boutiques and from the main piazza. You can also walk to the beach in 15 minutes. It is located in a residential area, so is perfect if you want to immerse yourself in the local life and colour of REAL Italy !
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The centrally heated house has an open plan ground floor with a kitchenette, electric oven and gas hob. The lounge /diner has an antique decorative brick fireplace typical of an Italian medieval town house. The opening shuttered front windows by the extending dining table (seats 4) look out onto the piazza.. The lounge area contains 2 single sofa-beds. We also supply a range of DVD's and books.
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 and heated towel rail and radiator. The double bedroom also features a high wood beamed ceiling, with king size bed, and french doors leading to a small sunny Juliette balcony. Fans are provided free and air-conditioning is optional on request (€7 a day payable on arrival if required during the hot summer months). Included in our prices, we provide all bathroom towels and bed linen (changed weekly), a welcome pack including wine, final cleaning costs and a full brochure of recommended restaurants, things to see and do in the area,maps and local events.
There is free street car parking 2 mins walk from the apartment should you need it. Parking is also available in a toll car park nearby or a large secure multi-story car park about a 5 minute walk away from the house. We prvide a parking map for all our guests before arrival. 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 see local life and colour and 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 over 5 years of age are welcome. (sleeps max 4 persons) May not be suitable for under 5's, please enquire first .
We also own our award winning Medieval apartment near beach (sleeps 4) with vaulted ceilings also in Vasto only 5 mins walk from this house should you require accommodation on one level or extra 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.
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. 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!
November is relatively quiet, but December is a beautiful time to visit, when near Christmas, the town is bedecked with lights, Christmas trees and baubles. Carole concerts are held in the churches and cathedrals and groups of local folk singers walk the streets. There are also local produce Christmas markets and art festivals. On December 26 and 30 and January 6 the town holds it's annual Presepe Vivente.(living nativity) where the towns folk (including us!) dress up in period costume and set out their houses as scenes from a nativity. It's a wonderful event.
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 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.