Vasto Journals

Vasto, a gem of the Adriatic

An August 2003 trip to Vasto by melissa_bel

Spiagga Aurora Photo, Vasto, Italy More Photos
Quote: A journey through a city by the sea, filled with medieval buildings and its bustling seaside extension.

Vasto, a gem of the Adriatic

Overview

Vasto, Abbruzzo, Italy Photo, Vasto, Italy
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Vasto is a city dear to my heart. The first time I went there, I was six years old. My father's family is from one of the Val del Trigno villages, in the Vasto's mountainous backcountry and it was the first time my brother and I were visiting. Once we were settled in the village, my dad took us to Vasto. It was the first time we were going to sea. And what experience! In fact, Vasto is a city perched on a cliff with many medieval building and Vasto Marina is its more modern beach extension. Vasto has changed over the years. It still remains a pretty family-oriented sea-side town but the space of public beach (especially on Spiagga Aurora) has been, unfortunately, greatly reduced. Don't let it s...Read More

Spiagga Aurora

Attraction

Spiagga Aurora Photo, Vasto, Italy
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The most central and busiest beach in Vasto Marina, located north of Vasto Marina, Unfortunately, a big part of the beach is "private" that means that companies running snack bars and umbrella and chairs businesses have a concession which means that the space is taken. You can stay there of course, but you won't have much room. It's very common for Italians to rent a space for the whole summer season. A piece of public beach still remains near the "Sirenetta" (the "Monument to the swimmer" that is one of Vasto's landmark). The advantage is, you won't get thirsty or hungry and they have lavatories. The waters of Vasto have, once again, received the Blue Flag award for the quality and cleanliness of its...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Spiagga Aurora
Lungomare Cordella
Vasto, Italy

Trabocchi

Attraction

Trabocchi Photo, Vasto, Italy
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A "trabocco" (plural trabocchi) is a makeshift wooden structure made by fisherman to tie their boats or to fish. Their delicate structures are part of the landscape here and all along this part of the Adriatic coast. You can reach one (and get away from the crowd) starting from Spiagga Aurora (but you have to be able to swim if the tide is high). Walk along the beach toward the "Sirenetta" statue then carry on in the water (attention to the rock) after 5 minutes, you'll reach your reward: a small cove and the trabocco. Try and walk on it: it's not as easy as it seems!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2004

Trabocchi
Near Spiaggo Aurora
Vasto, Italy

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If you don't have a car, getting to Vasto is quite easy! 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, Sulmo...Read More
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If you don't feel like spending 5 hours in the train, the alternative is to take private bus lines. It will get you there faster but not cheaper (but not by much). Di Fonzo, a company whose seat is in Vasto, will take you there in over 3 hours: http://www.bus.it/difonzo/index.htm where you can book your trip. 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 ...Read More