Jori's Vasto Guide

Locations for lodging, transport, fun, and food in and around Vasto - personalized by Jori!
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A gem on the Adriatic

It's the land of fishermen and farmers, it's the land of vineyards and olive groves, it's the land of traditions and spectacular villages overlooking the sea. Abruzzo is where history and traditions blend into popular culture: the Trabocchi Coast. The Trabocchi Coast offers a diverse coastline, from sandy beaches to rocky stretches, creating unique coves, true postcards

In this guide to Vasto, you'll find details for food and activities around the area. This guide is divided into five sections ( 1. Lodging & Venue;  2. Transportation;  3. Things to Do & See; 4. Food & Restaurants; 5. General Information) with details as well as an interactive map. Happy exploring! 

🏨 Lodging & Venue

The venue is Vistamare and the lodging is onsite at Camping Village Grotta Saraceno. 

Options include bungalows or a hotel. At the venue there is a cafe, restaurant, and mini market as well as a pool and beach. The wedding venue and lodging are the same location. However, the venue is approximately a 10-15 minute drive from Vasto’s city center and to the beach town, Vasto Marina. 

Camping Village Grotta del Saraceno
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Bagni Vistamare
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🚞 Transport

Vasto has a historic city center and beachside town, Vasto Marina. The surrounding area is also lovely to explore. In this section you'll also find options for connecting to other parts of Italy and Europe.

Bus Terminal

Another option for traveling around Italy is taking a bus. A coach runs from Vasto’s bus station to terminals in Rome and to the airport, as well as other Italian cities. 

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Bus terminal in Vasto.
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Here is the direct site for the company that offers Rome <> Vasto trips: ​​

Train Station

The train station Vasto San Salvo (Vasto S. Salvo) is the closest station. From here, you can connect to other stations around Italy. 

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More details can be found on the Treinitalia website. If you’re looking to travel around Italy after the wedding, this is an option!

Car Rental

Driving can be a great way to see the historic center and Vasto Marina. Europcar provides options for cars for rental in Vasto. 

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Nearest Airport - Abruzzo Airport

The nearest airport is located in Pescara. It flies to domestic destination like Milan and Sicilia if you are looking to connect to other locations in Italy as well as locations abroad like London.

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Taxi Service

Nicola Taxi n.1.  - 3318858080

Cristiana Taxi n.3.  - 3490510172

Vincenzo Taxi n.4 - 3891720053

Luigi Taxi n.8. - 3381189332

☀️ Things to Do & See

Museum and Gardens

Palazzo d'Avalos
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Giardino Napoletano di Palazzo D'Avalos
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Fun fact! 

Roberto gave a TED talk in gardens above in the summer of 2022.

Biking

The Trabocchi Greenway "Via Verde" traces its path along the Abruzzo coastline, following the historic route of the Adriatic railway. It begins its journey in Ortona, a city steeped in both history and natural splendor, and winds its way to Vasto.

Traversing the Trabocchi Greenway unveils the captivating natural beauty of the Abruzzo coast. Towering cliffs command breathtaking vistas over the sea, while secluded coves beckon for moments of pause amidst the soothing sounds of lapping waves and tranquil ambiance.

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Pista Ciclabile San Salvo-Vasto
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A beautiful bike trail that goes along the Adriatic.
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For more information on the bike path, you can visit the official site to learn more about the route. 

You can also view a detailed map of the bike route at the link below:

Here's me and Roberto riding along the path! 

Sightseeing

Punta Penna Lighthouse
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Castello Caldoresco
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Belvedere Loggia Amblingh
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A gorgeous viewpoint - great for pictures! Make a stop here on your walk around Vasto.
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Resti della chiesa di San Pietro
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This is all that's left of an ancient church! The rest was destroyed in a landslide.
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Piazza Gabriele Rossetti
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The largest piazza in Vasto, named after Gabriele Rossetti with his statue in the middle.
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Gabriele Rossetti's Birthplace
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🍝 Food & Restaurants

Abruzzo - a region of mountains & sea - is home to both delicious seafood as well meat dishes. The most famous meat is arrosticini, skewers of roasted lamb, is popular here. Brodetto, a slow cooked seafood stew, is another typical dish of the regions. Fried fish, calamari, and stuffed clams are other delicious foods of the area. And don't miss "Montepulciano d'Abruzzo" wine, local to the region!

Vasto Marina (Beach Town)

Caffè il Pontile
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A lovely beach front cafe great for morning coffee or an evening drink. 
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The sweet life
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Gelato shop at Vasto Marina.
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Arrosticini have been called "the best Italian food no one know about" for good reason: they're delicious meat skewers made of lamb and slow roasted. 

The two locations below are two casual food stands open in the warm summer evenings at Vasto Marina. There's a bit of a competition: who does it better? Fernando or D'Ottavio? Try for yourself and make the call! 

Fernando Arrosticini
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Gastronomia Paninoteca Street Food Da D'Ottavio
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Historic Center

Calú - Bar Gelateria
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Fusion Cocktail Bar
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Fun fact!

Jori loves the cocktail bar above! Here's a picture of her and Roberto's drinks along with some salami. Yum!

La Votta Piene Osteria
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Ristorante La Paranza
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Surrounding Areas

Era Ora Braceria Wagyu e Arrosticini
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Ristorante Da Ferri
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Trabocco Cungarelle
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Ristorante La Balena
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✏️ General Info

Travel Requirements

No visa is needed to enter Italy, just a passport. (ETIAS has also been postponed to 2025  so no further documentation is needed - yay!). 

Phone use and wifi

Many phone plans offer international packages. You can call your cell provider before to learn rates. In addition, many phones are compatible with "eSim" cards that allow you to purchase a temporary pass via an app. 

Currency

Local currency is in Euros. 

Weather

Here is the current weather in Vasto. 

About Vasto & Abruzzo

Vasto is a town and comune on the Adriatic coast of the Province of Chieti, in southern Abruzzo. The old part of the town features a number of buildings and churches dating from the 12th-18th centuries, including: Vasto Cathedral, Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, with a quite tall bell tower, Castello Caldoresco, D'Avalos Palace and the Musei Civici.

Below the hill on which the town is located, the beach resort town of Marina di Vasto offers a large sandy beach and several hotels and other facilities. Further north the coast becomes rocky and features interesting pebble and stone beaches and coves, as well as the typical "trabocchi", typical wooden fishing machines of the Southern Abruzzo coast. Amongst the natural areas, also featuring a number of sandy and rocky beaches, is the protected natural area of the Riserva Naturale di Punta Aderci.

What is a trabocco?

These are fishing machines built on architecture with ancient traditions that, given their fundamental role for the people and tradition, have given the name to this magnificent stretch of coastline: the Trabocchi Coast.

Fun Fact!

Vasto is the birthplace of Gabriele Rossetti. The Rossetti family, including Dante Gabriel and poet Christina, were well known in 19th century literary, artistic, and poetic circles. (Jori also loved studying Christina Rossetti's poems at SIU!)

Hope you will fall in love with Vasto like I did! Here's a few snapshots I've taken. - Jori

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Born in Chicago, Jori always knew she wanted to travel. After her first trip to Rome she was hooked. After studying at John Cabot University in Rome and graduating with a Master’s degree in Art History (focusing on the ancient Romans, of course!) she combined her love all of all things Rome to create Caput Mundi Co. and to offer tips to visitors in her adopted city. Now living in Rome full-time, you can find Jori searching for the best cacio e pepe in the city, searching for Roman sarcophagi, or jogging along the Tiber.
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Jori's Vasto Guide

Locations for lodging, transport, fun, and food in and around Vasto - personalized by Jori!
28 Places • 1 Save • ago
Free

A gem on the Adriatic

It's the land of fishermen and farmers, it's the land of vineyards and olive groves, it's the land of traditions and spectacular villages overlooking the sea. Abruzzo is where history and traditions blend into popular culture: the Trabocchi Coast. The Trabocchi Coast offers a diverse coastline, from sandy beaches to rocky stretches, creating unique coves, true postcards

In this guide to Vasto, you'll find details for food and activities around the area. This guide is divided into five sections ( 1. Lodging & Venue;  2. Transportation;  3. Things to Do & See; 4. Food & Restaurants; 5. General Information) with details as well as an interactive map. Happy exploring! 

🏨 Lodging & Venue

The venue is Vistamare and the lodging is onsite at Camping Village Grotta Saraceno. 

Options include bungalows or a hotel. At the venue there is a cafe, restaurant, and mini market as well as a pool and beach. The wedding venue and lodging are the same location. However, the venue is approximately a 10-15 minute drive from Vasto’s city center and to the beach town, Vasto Marina. 

Camping Village Grotta del Saraceno
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Bungalows and hotel rooms available, as well as on site cafe, restaurant, mini-market + beach and pool.
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Bagni Vistamare
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Beach & venue.
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🚞 Transport

Vasto has a historic city center and beachside town, Vasto Marina. The surrounding area is also lovely to explore. In this section you'll also find options for connecting to other parts of Italy and Europe.

Bus Terminal

Another option for traveling around Italy is taking a bus. A coach runs from Vasto’s bus station to terminals in Rome and to the airport, as well as other Italian cities. 

Terminal bus Vasto
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Bus terminal in Vasto.
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Here is the direct site for the company that offers Rome <> Vasto trips: ​​

Train Station

The train station Vasto San Salvo (Vasto S. Salvo) is the closest station. From here, you can connect to other stations around Italy. 

Vasto-S. Salvo
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Train station to connect you to other stations in Italy.
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More details can be found on the Treinitalia website. If you’re looking to travel around Italy after the wedding, this is an option!

Car Rental

Driving can be a great way to see the historic center and Vasto Marina. Europcar provides options for cars for rental in Vasto. 

Europcar Vasto
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Renting a car can be a great way to explore the area.
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Nearest Airport - Abruzzo Airport

The nearest airport is located in Pescara. It flies to domestic destination like Milan and Sicilia if you are looking to connect to other locations in Italy as well as locations abroad like London.

Abruzzo Airport
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Local airport with domestic and EU flights.
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Taxi Service

Nicola Taxi n.1.  - 3318858080

Cristiana Taxi n.3.  - 3490510172

Vincenzo Taxi n.4 - 3891720053

Luigi Taxi n.8. - 3381189332

☀️ Things to Do & See

Museum and Gardens

Palazzo d'Avalos
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Giardino Napoletano di Palazzo D'Avalos
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Fun fact! 

Roberto gave a TED talk in gardens above in the summer of 2022.

Biking

The Trabocchi Greenway "Via Verde" traces its path along the Abruzzo coastline, following the historic route of the Adriatic railway. It begins its journey in Ortona, a city steeped in both history and natural splendor, and winds its way to Vasto.

Traversing the Trabocchi Greenway unveils the captivating natural beauty of the Abruzzo coast. Towering cliffs command breathtaking vistas over the sea, while secluded coves beckon for moments of pause amidst the soothing sounds of lapping waves and tranquil ambiance.

Bikexplora
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Add to
Details
Pista Ciclabile San Salvo-Vasto
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A beautiful bike trail that goes along the Adriatic.
Add to
Details

For more information on the bike path, you can visit the official site to learn more about the route. 

You can also view a detailed map of the bike route at the link below:

Here's me and Roberto riding along the path! 

Sightseeing

Punta Penna Lighthouse
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Castello Caldoresco
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Belvedere Loggia Amblingh
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A gorgeous viewpoint - great for pictures! Make a stop here on your walk around Vasto.
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Details
Resti della chiesa di San Pietro
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This is all that's left of an ancient church! The rest was destroyed in a landslide.
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Piazza Gabriele Rossetti
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The largest piazza in Vasto, named after Gabriele Rossetti with his statue in the middle.
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Gabriele Rossetti's Birthplace
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🍝 Food & Restaurants

Abruzzo - a region of mountains & sea - is home to both delicious seafood as well meat dishes. The most famous meat is arrosticini, skewers of roasted lamb, is popular here. Brodetto, a slow cooked seafood stew, is another typical dish of the regions. Fried fish, calamari, and stuffed clams are other delicious foods of the area. And don't miss "Montepulciano d'Abruzzo" wine, local to the region!

Vasto Marina (Beach Town)

Caffè il Pontile
@joribonadurer
A lovely beach front cafe great for morning coffee or an evening drink. 
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Details
The sweet life
@joribonadurer
Gelato shop at Vasto Marina.
Add to
Details

Arrosticini have been called "the best Italian food no one know about" for good reason: they're delicious meat skewers made of lamb and slow roasted. 

The two locations below are two casual food stands open in the warm summer evenings at Vasto Marina. There's a bit of a competition: who does it better? Fernando or D'Ottavio? Try for yourself and make the call! 

Fernando Arrosticini
@joribonadurer
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Gastronomia Paninoteca Street Food Da D'Ottavio
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Historic Center

Calú - Bar Gelateria
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Details
Fusion Cocktail Bar
@joribonadurer
Add to
Details

Fun fact!

Jori loves the cocktail bar above! Here's a picture of her and Roberto's drinks along with some salami. Yum!

La Votta Piene Osteria
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Ristorante La Paranza
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Surrounding Areas

Era Ora Braceria Wagyu e Arrosticini
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Ristorante Da Ferri
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Details
Trabocco Cungarelle
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Ristorante La Balena
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Details

✏️ General Info

Travel Requirements

No visa is needed to enter Italy, just a passport. (ETIAS has also been postponed to 2025  so no further documentation is needed - yay!). 

Phone use and wifi

Many phone plans offer international packages. You can call your cell provider before to learn rates. In addition, many phones are compatible with "eSim" cards that allow you to purchase a temporary pass via an app. 

Currency

Local currency is in Euros. 

Weather

Here is the current weather in Vasto. 

About Vasto & Abruzzo

Vasto is a town and comune on the Adriatic coast of the Province of Chieti, in southern Abruzzo. The old part of the town features a number of buildings and churches dating from the 12th-18th centuries, including: Vasto Cathedral, Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, with a quite tall bell tower, Castello Caldoresco, D'Avalos Palace and the Musei Civici.

Below the hill on which the town is located, the beach resort town of Marina di Vasto offers a large sandy beach and several hotels and other facilities. Further north the coast becomes rocky and features interesting pebble and stone beaches and coves, as well as the typical "trabocchi", typical wooden fishing machines of the Southern Abruzzo coast. Amongst the natural areas, also featuring a number of sandy and rocky beaches, is the protected natural area of the Riserva Naturale di Punta Aderci.

What is a trabocco?

These are fishing machines built on architecture with ancient traditions that, given their fundamental role for the people and tradition, have given the name to this magnificent stretch of coastline: the Trabocchi Coast.

Fun Fact!

Vasto is the birthplace of Gabriele Rossetti. The Rossetti family, including Dante Gabriel and poet Christina, were well known in 19th century literary, artistic, and poetic circles. (Jori also loved studying Christina Rossetti's poems at SIU!)

Hope you will fall in love with Vasto like I did! Here's a few snapshots I've taken. - Jori

* * *
CURATED BY
Born in Chicago, Jori always knew she wanted to travel. After her first trip to Rome she was hooked. After studying at John Cabot University in Rome and graduating with a Master’s degree in Art History (focusing on the ancient Romans, of course!) she combined her love all of all things Rome to create Caput Mundi Co. and to offer tips to visitors in her adopted city. Now living in Rome full-time, you can find Jori searching for the best cacio e pepe in the city, searching for Roman sarcophagi, or jogging along the Tiber.
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