Medieval Apartment Near Beach
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Located in a quiet street directly in the historical city center of Vasto. 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 apartment is within walking distance 15 mins (down steps) of the beach. It is a large 70 sq m. open plan apartment on the ground floor of a typical Italian medieval town house, with opening windows to the front aspect, vaulted ceilings and antique brickwork. There is car parking 2 mins walk from the apartment should you need it.
It has a romantic feel with Art Deco furniture, fittings and silk and brocade soft furnishings, with plenty of space to relax and unwind. Recently refurbished, with lounge, fully equipped kitchen and dining area (seating for 4), plus a large bedroom area with double bed. The apartment also has a separate shower wetroom (no curtain) set under the medieval vaulted brick ceiling. It is an ideal base for a couple wishing to explore the beautiful town and for a beach holiday too. The apartment is open-plan and therefore most suited to couples, but children are welcome and there is a sofa-bed in the lounge area which is separated by a curtain.(no wall so as to preserve the vaulted ceilings) If you require a separate bedroom, or wish to stay during the winter months, then please see our Casa in Piazza, little house also located in the Centro Storico only 5 mins walk from this apartment. (sleeps 4) ref. 324954.
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.
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 on your doorstep. Please read my reviews on Trip Advisor, and you will see why my guests regularly return!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Small beach down steps 700 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Abruzzo International Airport (50 minutes) 75 km, Nearest railway: Vasto San Salvo station (10 mins) 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
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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16 Jun 2014
We are two ladys and we stayed this apartment four days last week and we really enjoyed it! It was in the middle of old town, shops and cafes and restaurants very near. Apartment was very clean and th… More
Thank you Ladies for this great review! We are so glad that you both enjoyed your stay here in beautiful Vasto. Maybe you will return for longer next time! Best regards, Judy and James
8 Jun 2014
"Perfect location and just the right size"
The apartment is in a very central, walking location to sights and restaurants. The owners have thought of everything you will need to enjoy your stay. They walked us around the town and provided ma… More
Thank you so much for your great review! We do our very best to make every guest feel happy and welcome on arrival and during their stay, so it is very nice to know that it is appreciated! We are glad you had such a good time and chose Vasto for your Wedding Anniversary celebrations, and that you fitted in 'like a local' I hope you will return again to beautiful Vasto! Ciao Judy and James
9 Oct 2013
"it was exactly as described except the location was even better for us"
This is a large one bedroom apartment in the very old town district of Vasto. It provided us with the best access to local shopping from food, both market produce and restaurants, to clothes, history and by short bus ride or a more challenging walk - two types of beach, we have found in Italy in many years and many trips. It was quiet in a busy and active town and was good value. To get to Vasto try as recommended to us by the owners; Air to Rome, train to Rome coach station and coach direct to Vasto.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are so glad that you had such a great time in our apartment, and that you liked Vasto so much that you will be back next year! I would just like to point out that the easiest way to get to Vasto is from London Stansted airport to Pescara airport and then a 50 minute taxi journey direct to Vasto. I suggested the Rome route for you as you live too far from Stansted airport to make this option viable. There are flights from Gatwick and other UK and International airports into Rome, making this option easy for anyone coming from outside of London and from other International destinations. You can then get the shuttle bus from the airport in Rome to the coach station. (unless of course you want to spend a few hours or days in Rome, as you did) The coach runs direct from Rome to Vasto and you can walk from the coach station in Vasto to the apartment. We look forward to seeing you and your family next year! regards, Judy and James
22 Aug 2013
I spent a week in this lovely apartment . Vasto wasa brilliant place. Very beautiful with lot's to do and see.The apartment was well equipped and well located.… More
Thank you for your review. We are so happy you enjoyed yourselves here in Vasto, and hope that you will visit again in the future. Judy and James
22 Aug 2013
"Very, very nice"
Location superb in centre! Nice, peaceful place to rest and sleep well. Apartment was bigger than we thought, but max 4 persons. All the best restaurants, shops and piazzas only 50-300m. You can find… More
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're so glad you had such a good time here in our apartment in Vasto. We are both looking forward to welcoming you back next summer. Ciao for now! Judy and James
15 Jul 2013
"For a real Italian experience ..stay here!"
With so many wonderful areas to visit in Italy, perhaps Vasto would not be your first choice destination; we went to visit family but is you want to stay in a lovely medieval town close to a gorgeous… More
Thank you for your review. We're glad you had such a wonderful time in our beautiful town of Vasto, and look forward to welcoming you both back in the near future. regards, Judy and James
4 Jul 2013
"Honest Description of Apartment"
Apartment was everything we thought it would be - very close to bars, restaurant and bus stops. Judy and James were very nice and on hand when needed but not intrusive. The area is wonderful and we … More
Thank you for your review. We are very sorry that you had to cut your holiday short due to a family emergency but glad we were on hand to help. We hope you will return in the future to finish your holiday. We wish you the best, Judy and James
15 Jun 2013
"Great apartment, great location, wonderful hosts!"
Highly recommended! We loved our stay in Vasto and the apartment was great. Right in the heart of the historical district, 20 min walk to the beach. We usually walked down to the beach and took the bus up for 3 euro. Hope to stay again!
Thank you for your review. We're glad you both loved your stay here in our beautiful town of Vasto, and we look forward to seeing you back here in the future.
5 Apr 2013
"Perfect hide-hole in a picturesque town"
A well presented apartment which is more spacious than it might look from the pictures (for UK readers to whom 70 square metres means little, think 'a large lounge' then double it) certainly… More
Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your stay in the apartment, and hope you can return next year for another 'weekend away'. regards, Judy and James
8 Mar 2013
"Fantastic historic centre apartment"
Tastefully furnished and well equipped street level apartment, very centrally located in a quiet and quaint street in the historical old town just, a few steps from the many restaurants, bars, shops, … More
Thank you for your review. We're glad you felt so at home in the apartment and enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to seeing you again on your return visit. regards, Judy and James
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