This quaint old Medieval house 'Casa in Piazza' is located in a the pedestrian only part of the historical center of Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy. 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 in the unspoilt region of Abruzzo. Vasto is easily accessible from Pescara Abruzzo airport in 45 minutes, or from Rome in 3 hours by direct coach. 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. If you want REAL Italy, come to Vasto!
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 (seating for 4) has views out onto the piazza. The lounge area has 2 single sofa-beds ideal for children or can be put together to make another double bed. 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. There is free street car parking 2 mins walk from the apartment should you need it or you can park in one of the several car parks around the town within a few minutes walk of the house . If you are looking for 'real Italy' then look no further than Abruzzo. Just don't forget to bring your phrase book! Vasto is 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. Sleeps maximum of 4 people.
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...'Medieval Apartment near Beach' (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 on hand if needed. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful Casa in Piazza!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Nearest beach||Trabocco Trave beach 15 mins walk, Vasto Marina 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 75 km, Nearest railway: Vasto-San Salvo Station (10 mins) by local bus 7 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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 house. If you are a foodie, then you will be in heaven in Vasto! Our local speciality is Brodetto alla Vastese, which is a fish stew, consisting of various types of locally caught fresh fish, prawns, langoustines, mussles, clams all cooked in local olive oil, garlic and tomato. Fresh fish is a speciality of Vasto as it has always been an important fishing port and the locally caught fresh fish is the best you will ever have! Another local fish dish is Seabass baked in the oven on a bed of rosemary potatoes. If you are not a fish lover, there is always porchetta - whole roasted suckling pig stuffed with rosemary, herbs and almonds or try a tagliata - sliced steak with cherry tomatoes, rocket and parmesan cheese. Don't forget to order a glass of local Pecorino or Trebbiano white wines to go with your fish, or a Montepulciano D'Abruzzo red to go with your steak! You can even visit the local vineyard here in Vasto for the afternoon for a wine tasting and a spot of lunch. 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 should you need us. 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 meet and greet each and every guest on arrival, and show them to the apartment no matter what the time of arrival.