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Diomede, Greek hero

The birth of Vasto is lost in legend. It is said that the name originates from Histon and given the name by Diomede, from Greek mythology. Son of Tideo and Deipile, and the land that the city rests on was occupied by the tribes of Dalmatia.

What is certain is that the Frentani family were early inhabitants of this territory (mainly in the area known today as Punta Penna).

The Frentanis came into contact with the Samnites and with some important greek colonies mainly from the South and from Sicily.

In Roman times, between the late fourth century and the beginning of the third century B.C., the Frentani family decided to submit to the Roman empire and become allies.  They formed the first town just south of Punta Penna which soon had a Roman City Hall, the name turned Latin and became known Histonium.

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