Medieval Apartment Near Beach
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Tripadvisor certificate of excellence winner 2014
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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10 Oct 2014
"Couldn't have asked for a better location!"
We were fortunate enough to spend three weeks in this Vasto apartment. Judy and James were extremely helpful and nearby when needed. There was no need for a car as we could easily get around town and … More
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! We are so happy that you loved Vasto so much and that you will be coming back again for an even longer stay next time. Vasto has free Wifi in the main Piazza but this is only in the summer season (June - September) There is also free wifi on the main Vasto marina beach during the summer. There are many cafes and restaurants that offer wifi along with Bar in Piazza, but I think you were using this as a good excuse for another glass of Prosecco! We're looking forward to your return visit, see you next year! Ciao, Judy and James
14 Sep 2014
We loved staying Vasto and exploring the beautiful town. Lovely beaches and great snorkelling were found nearby. The apartment was really lovely inside and felt very spacious, even for the four of us.… More
Thank you so much for this great review! We are really pleased that you all enjoyed your time here in Vasto and that you will be returning next year. We look forward to seeing you all again soon! Best wishes, Judy and James
29 Aug 2014
I came to Vasto with three friends this summer. We rented this apartment for an exceptional price, which was worth a lot more than the money we paid. The holiday would have been a totally different ex… More
Thank you so much for this fantastic review. It is so good to know that all of our efforts for our guests are appreciated. We don't just rent out an apartment, we work very hard to make sure all our guests have a fantastic holiday by sending them information on Vasto and showing them around the town and informing them of events that we think may be of interest. We believe that this approach has led to our guests returning year after year, and we are happy that you plan to do the same and that you will be visiting again next year. We both look forward to welcoming you back to Vasto! Best Wishes,Judy and James
21 Aug 2014
"Très bel appartement"
Bel appartement dans le centre du vieux village de Vasto. Tout près de la mer, à 2 minutes en voitures, beaucoup de restos aux alentours, très pratique pour 2 personnes. Seuls inconvénients: Pas t… More
Merci pour votre avis 4 étoiles. Je suis heureux que vous aviez un bon séjour dans notre bel appartement. Pour répondre à vos points - parfois le lit est trop mou pour certains clients et parfois le lit est trop dur pour les autres clients, si nous changeons, il ne plaira pas à tout le monde! L'appartement est situé dans un quartier très calme de la ville médiévale de piéton et si il y avait beaucoup de places de stationnement dans la rue où il se trouve alors dans la rue ne serait pas si calme et paisible. Il est très facile de se garer dans le parking en haut de la rue ou dans la plusieurs étages, mais vous devez payer. Si vous voulez un parking gratuit dans la rue en Août, il n'est pas toujours facile car la ville est très occupé en ce moment de l'année dans la haute saison de vacances. Dans tous les autres moments de l'année stationnement gratuit dans la rue n'est pas un problème. Je suis heureux que vous aurez de bons souvenirs de vos vacances et j'espère que vous reviendrez à Vasto! Cordialement, Judy et James
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
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