An August 2003 trip
to Vasto by melissa_bel
Quote: A journey through a city by the sea, filled with medieval buildings and its bustling seaside extension.
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Near Spiaggo Aurora
You will need to catch a train from Roma Tiburtina to Pescara Centrale and from there, take another train to Vasto.
The first train leaves at 7:45, then 10:36, 12:46; 14:03 and the last one you can take without arriving too late is 16:12 because the trip is 5-5h30. It will cost EUR 16,94. I must say it is quite worth it because the train is crossing the scenic Appenin mountain range and it's a sight to see! Abruzzo is one of the wildest regions, and on the way, you will be able to see why it's one of the few untouched areas in Italy. It will be hard not to want to get off the train! Important stops along the way are Avezzano, Sulmona and Chieti. Taking the train from Pescara to Vasto is different are the train is following the coast, going through the different sea towns along the way and you'll see a lot of the Big Blue!
Now... the train station is the in an odd place. No doubt by wanting to do some savings and not have to build two stations for Vasto and neighbouring San Salvo, the train station has been built just right in the middle! Which is not practical at all for the traveller! Hopefully, you will be able to catch a bus to town or you can take a taxi (go to the station's bar and you'll find the number).
For more information about schedule and price:http://www.trenitalia.com
If you are in Rome, you can buy the ticket or make a reservation (highly recommended) there:
Agenzia Piccarozzi - C/o TIBUS - Stazione Tiburtina - Tel. 06.97749140.
The other possibility is to take the ARPA bus from Vasto to Chieti then to Rome (arpaoline.it). The bus from Rome leaves at 2:30 and 5:30 PM. The bus from Vasto to Rome leaves at 7:30.
Unfortunately, none of these companies tells you where to wait for the bus! Although betting on the train station is probably safe, it's better to get in touch with them and ask.
As a rule of thumb, you can find a lot of information at Roma Tiburtina, where most buses linking Rome to other parts of the country are leaving.