This quaint old Medieval house 'Casa in Piazza' is located in a residential, pedestrian only part of the historical center of Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy. Only a minutes walk from the many bars, restaurants and boutiques and main piazza. It's location is perfect for those wishing to immerse themselves in the local life and colour and experience 'REAL' Italy. The town is situated just above the Adriatic coast in the unspoilt region of Abruzzo. Vasto is easily accessible from Pescara Abruzzo airport in 50 minutes, or from Rome in 3 hours by direct air-conditioned 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, motorboats and pedalos. The beach is very wide, sandy and gently shelving making it perfect for children.
Please note the perfect location of my properties in the historical center of town close to restaurants and cafes NOT Vasto marina beach or outskirts (where most holiday property is located)
The house has an open plan ground floor. kitchenette with oven, 4 ring gas hob and fridge with freezer compartment. cool bag and chillers are also supplied.
Lounge/diner has a decorative brick fireplace.The shuttered front window by the dining table (seats 4) has views out onto a pedestrian piazza, where locals sometimes like to gather.The lounge area has 2 single sofa-beds ideal for children. We provide a range of holiday reading books, guide books and a large range of DVD's as well as a brochure on the local and surrounding area, with maps and recommendations. Internet is also available with up to 4GB provided free.
The marble stairs lead up to the large family bathroom with w.c, bidet, basin and vanity unit with mirror, heated towel rail, radiator and bath with shower over. The high ceiling in the bathroom is full of character with wooden beams. There is a window into a cobbled street.
The bedroom also has a high wood beamed ceiling and features a king size bed with side cabinets, lamps, 2 double wardrobes, small table and 2 chairs and French doors leading to a small Juliette balcony with views over the sunny piazza. Air-conditioning is available in the bedroom for a supplement of €7 a day
Beach towels can be provided with advanced notice, one per person per stay (supplement total €10)
There is free street car parking 2 mins walk from the apartment or you can park in one of the car parks around the town or secure multi-story car park all within a few minutes walk of the house. A car is NOT necessary here unless you want to explore further afield.Car hire is available in Vasto.
The tourists here are mainly from Rome, and it is geared very much to the outdoor Italian lifestyle. The town can become lively in the high summer months, with tourists and locals, who like nothing more than a passagiata and to gather to chat in the piazzi or in one of the many bars or cafes. English is not widely spoken but we do provide a 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. Sleeps maximum of 4 people. (please note that this house is not suitable for the under 5's)
*Wifi internet is available up to 4GB free*
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We also own a beautiful Medieval Apartment near beach which won a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014. The apartment is only a couple of minutes walk from the house, also located in the historical center of town. It also sleeps maximum of 4 guests. children of all ages are welcome in the apartment.
Check in is after 15.00 and check out before 11.00. We try to be flexible on this whenever possible.
Vasto is a charming medieval town and has plenty to offer for a weekend or for a fortnights holiday. Cultural events are put on throughout the year for visitors, most of which are free to attend. Concerts, opera in the palazzo gardens, rock bands, food and wine tasting, film festival and Siren Fest music festival.
Fresh fish and seafood is a Vasto speciality, as is suckling pig (porchetta) and steak. Our local wines for fish are Pecorino and Trebbiano and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo for meat. There is a farmers market with local produce and a weekly market on Saturday too.
There are lots of pavement cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, art galleries, museum and castle are all within a couple of hundred yards of our properties. Also an indoor swimming pool, gym, tennis court and running track.
Aqualand water park is 15 minutes drive/bus. The Tremiti Islands are 50 minutes by local ferry where you can dive, snorkel or hire a boat. The Cavallone Caves and Majaletta mountains are 1 1/4 hours drive. Rome and Naples are 3 hours
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Check in time:||15:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||beach 15 mins walk 700 m|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pescara airport (Ryanair) 75 km, Nearest railway: Vasto-San Salvo (10 mins) 7 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Furniture||Sofa Beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|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.