Casa in Piazza Near Beach
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House | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This quaint old Medieval house is located in a the pedestrian part of the historical center in a quiet piazza (square) in the center of Vasto with views into the square. Only a couple of minutes walk from the many bars, restaurants and boutiques and from the main piazza in 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. Vasto marina beach (25 mins walk, or 5 mins by bus/car) has miles of golden sand where you can hire sun beds and umbrellas. You can also hire a motorboat here for the day, or by the hour, also pedalos. The beach is very wide and sandy and very gently shelving making it perfect for children.
The house has a large open plan ground floor with a kitchenette and lounge /diner with an antique brick open fireplace typical of an Italian medieval town house. The opening shuttered front window by the dining table has views out onto the piazza. The marble stairs lead up to the large character family bathroom with w.c, bidet, basin and vanity unit with mirror, and bath with shower over. The high ceiling in the bathroom is full of character with wooden beams.The bedroom also has the beautiful high beamed ceiling and features a king size bed with side cabinets and lamps, and French doors leading to a small south facing balcony with lovely views over the piazza. The 2 single sofa-beds in the lounge can be made into either single beds or a king size bed. There is car parking 2 mins walk from the apartment should you need it. The perfect location for either a beach holiday, or a city break at any time of the year. This house has just been restored and refurbished ready for 2014.
We are English and have been living and renting in Vasto for the last 7 years. We also own a characterful apartment set in a Medieval house with vaulted ceilings, only 5 mins walk from this house. (ref: 325359) It also sleeps 4 guests but is open-plan so more recommended for couples although children are welcome. Please look at our fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor to see why our guests regularly return. We live close by both properties, so are always on hand for advise and help when needed.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Trabocco Trave beach 15 mins walk, Vasto Marina be 700 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara) Ryan Air f 75 km, Nearest railway: Vasto-San Salvo Station (10 mins) local bus runs e 7 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Marche/Abruzzo region
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. 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 now housing a wine bar and restaurant, 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 apartment.
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. 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 apartment no matter what the time of arrival.
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31 May 2014
"Cosy, smart and well located"
The house is in a wonderful position, right in the middle of the old town and a very short walk from restaurants and shops. It was the perfect size for the two of us with a bedroom and bathroom upstairs and a sitting room and kitchenette downstairs, though we hardly used the sitting area as it was nicer to sit outside a cafe in the sunshine. There are sofa beds downstairs so it's possible to sleep more than just two. The house is very smartly and tastefully decorated and decked-out and the owners went out of their way to be helpful. An ideal place to stay and explore the town and nearby beach.
Thank you for writing this great review!We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in Vasto, and even happier that you are planning to return to our Casa in Piazza next year with your family. We look forward to welcoming you all back to Vasto! Regards, James and Judy
20 Apr 2014
spent a couple of days here in the heart of Vasto centro storico (historical centre)and could have stayed longer at this delightful well equipped and tastefully furnished house which is set on a quiet little piazza just a few steps from the bustling bars and restaurants and historic sights and the belvedere promenade with the amazing views over the sandy bay. Ground floor lounge with fireplace and dining area overlooking piazza but my favourite time of day was having a glass of chilled prosecco at the Juliet balcony reading my book before stepping out to the many restaurants on the doorstop at such reasonable prices. Owners welcoming, helpful and nearby if required. A hidden gem.
Thank you for writing this great review. I am so glad you had such a good (albeit brief) time here in Vasto. I am so happy that you have decided to return in the summer to experience everything the town has to offer. There is now a brochure supplied in the house detailing what to see and do in the area, and of course, we email every guest before arrival letting them know of any special events in the town prior to their arrival. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Regards, Judy and James
5 Mar 2014
"The best place to stay in vasto"
We really enjoyed our stay in this delightful little house in the lovely town of Vasto. It is ideally situated in a quiet piazza right in the historic part of the town, minutes walk away from the bars, restaurant sand shops. Everything is close at hand. The house itself is very comfortable, well furnished and equipped with everything you could need. It was also spotlessly clean. It's a fairly easy walk down to the beach, but walking back up requires a bit more effort, especially when it's very hot (as it often is) as it is quite steep. However, there is a bus service which is both frequent and very cheap.
We were met on arrival by the owners Judy & James who were extremely helpful and gave us a lot of useful information on what to see and where to go, especially the best places to eat. We shall certainly be returning.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review. I would just like to point out to future guests that the bus service to and from the beach runs every 20 minutes in the summer and every 30 minutes the rest of the year and takes only 5 minutes to get to the beach. The bus stop is only a couple of minutes walk from the house. The cost of the bus is €1 If you want to drive to the beach there is lots of car parking there. We always walk to and from the beach in about 20 minutes, but the walk back is steep so you need to be fortified with icecream to tackle it! Best regards, Judy and James
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