History of Vasto


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The famous crescent-shaped bay of Vasto

Vasto is a delightful and tranquil small tourist town and seaside resort located in the south of Abruzzo, full of history, art, culture and lined with splendid beaches.

Our town is divided into two main areas: Vasto city and Vasto Marina. Vasto city sits on a hill about 150m above sea level. From the panoramic viewing point east of the city center, you can see Vasto Marina and the famous crescent-shaped bay that hugs the Adriatic Sea.

If you ask a fisherman who lives here, whilst casting the nets early in the morning, the name of our city, he will say to you, in dialect: Lu Uašt. 

Vasto also preserves the Latin name Histonium which in ancient Greek is Istònion. There are more than 40 thousand peoplwho live here and the population grows substantially in the summer with the arrival of tourists from Italy and all of Europe

A Roman town, Vasto has preserved examples of it's history, such as the Castle Caldoresco, the Palazzo d'Avalos and important churches such as Cathedral of Saint Joseph and the church of Saint Mary where the Holy Thorn of Jesus lays.

Our art galleries preserve large collections, as well as several extremely interesting works of art, for example from the Palizzi brothers.

The main square is dedicated to Gabriele Rossetti, a poet exiled in England, born here on 28 February 1783. His children, Maria FrancescaDante GabrielWilliam MichaelChristina Georgina, all working in the artistic sector, have made the name Vasto famous in all of Europe.

The town of Vasto is bordered to the north by the river Sinello, to the south by the valley Buonanotte and the Adriatico sea to the east. The towns that are close by are Casalbordino, Pollutri, Monteodorisio, Cupello e San Salvo.

Thanks to the Apennines (Majella and Gran Sasso) only an hour away which protect the town from the cold winds and thanks to the sea which brings a cool breeze in the summer, Vasto enjoys a mild climate all year round. The average temperature in the coldest month, January, is +7.1°C; the temperature in the hottest month, August, is +24,9 °C.

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