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VASTO

The Town
A small town overlooking the Adriatic coast, it has very ancient roots. Already from the Roman times it had been the Town Hall, but the archaeological evidence found in the area bear even older origins. Legend has it that it was the Greek hero Diomedes in 1170 BC to found the city. Passing from legend to history, it was the Frentani, who settled on the coast to found the ancient city of Histonium in the ninth century BC. The city had its moment of splendor during the imperial age in which they erected temples, public buildings and probably the amphitheater on which Piazza Rossetti then rose. Scattered throughout the city are still walls and evidence of the glorious past of Vasto. You can also admire findings from local archaeological sites at the Museo Civico of Palazzo D'Avalos.
Vast in 802 the city was besieged and conquered by the frank army led by Aymone di Dordona who entrusted the city in guastaldia, hence the name GUASTO DI AYMONE later transformed into the current VASTO.
In the fifteenth century Vasto was a lordship under the control of Giacomo Caldora, who left the magnificent Caldoresco Castle to the city. From the 16th to the 18th century it was the D'Avalos who controlled the center, building the imposing Palazzo D'Avalos which rises up on the coast where today there are three civic museums: the ancient one, the modern art museum and the Neapolitan garden of Palazzo D'Avalos which in summer is open to the public. Vast city of art and culture. Also you can visit the remains of the Roman Baths, where they are visible, in excellent condition, the mosaic of Neptune and another depicting marine scenes.

The list would be very long and interminable of the historical wonders that are present in Vasto. We mention, among the churches, the Cathedral of San Giuseppe and the church of Santa Maria, as examples of different artistic styles in the city. You can not forget the Amblingh Lodge which offers one of the most beautiful walks of the Abruzzo coast. In addition to the historical richness of the place, a visit to the Punta Aderci Nature Reserve is a must, a real natural gem.

Vasto is not only culture and nature, but also a lot of fun in fact in addition to the promenade of Vasto Marina, which every night is filled with boys and girls until late at night, there are many clubs, discos, and a fun water park like Aqualand. During the summer the appointment calendar is dense, big concerts, dance evenings, festivals of typical products, guided tours, sports tournaments and historical re-enactments like the traditional Toson D'Oro parade.
Tremiti islands
About 12 miles off the Gargano are the Tremiti Islands, defined for their enchanting and pristine beauty "the pearls of the Adriatic". The small archipelago consists of the islands of San Nicola, San Domino, Cretaccio, Caprara and, about 11 miles from these, from the island of Pianosa. The crystalline waters of the Tremiti attract thousands of tourists every year.

The archipelago of the Tremiti Islands in the province of Foggia, also called Diomedee islands, are a favorite destination for many tourists who love nature and tranquility. The pearls of this magnificent archipelago are San Nicola, San Domino, Cretaccio, Caprara and Pianosa. Some photos of the trembling islands. San Nicola is the historical, religious and administrative center of the archipelago. Due to the numerous traces of an ancient and glorious past, it is considered an open-air museum. The island measures 42 hectares, has a coastal development of 3,700 meters, a length of 1,600 meters and a maximum height of m. 75.

San Domino is largely covered by woods of Pino d'Aleppo, for the fertility and spontaneity of flowers of all colors, it was called by the Benedictine monks "Orto di paradiso". The waters are clear, the coast is jagged with coves, spikes and rocks, admirable are the rock of the Elephant, from the shape it takes and the Pagliai, pyramid-shaped monoliths resembling real haystacks. By going around the archipelago by boat you can visit, among other things, the Grotta delle Viole, the Bue Marino and the Rondinelle. In San Domino there are the beaches of Cala delle Arene, that of Cala Matano and the beach under the Pagliai, which can only be reached by sea. The island covers 207 hectares, has a coastal development of 9,700 meters, a length of 2,600 meters and a maximum height of m. 116 at the tip of the Chapel of

Cretaccio is a rocky mass of yellow color due to its clayey nature and is disappearing due to the incessant corrosion of atmospheric and marine agents. The island measures 3.5 hectares, has a height of 30 meters and a coastal development of 1,300 meters. At 20 meters is the rock of the Vecchia.

Caprara (or Capraia or Capperaia), uninhabited but interesting as the others, at the tip of the lighthouse has a grandiose architiello of natural architecture. The island is 45 hectares wide, 1,600 meters long, has a coastal development of 4,700 meters.

Trabocchi coasts

Abruzzo is known above all as a region of national parks and as a mountainous region, due to its peaks which are the highest in the Apennine system.
Abruzzo, however, is also a seaside region, with kilometers of coastline full of extraordinary landscapes, very different from each other.
In the province of Chieti this coast becomes very interesting, with coves, promontories, high and jagged cliffs, which make it unique and comparable to the oceanic coasts of Portugal or Scotland. This stretch, which stretches from Ortona to San Salvo, including San Vito Chietino, Rocca San Giovanni, Fossacesia, Casalbordino and Vasto, is known as "Costa dei Trabocchi" and takes its name from the trabocco, an ancient and typical maritime construction , which is frequent to meet on the coast and has become its symbol.

National natural park

The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise is famous in Italy, and a little 'all over the world as a model for the conservation of nature and the defense of the environment.
In the last 20 years the park has been able to develop harmoniously thanks to the "zoning" of the territory, which has allowed the integration of conservation and development and an agreement with the municipalities of the park to overcome the urban problems. The visits to the park are controlled and selected, and there are many achievements to continue making this park ever more modern and efficient.
The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise is famous in Italy, and a little 'all over the world as a model for the conservation of nature and the defense of the environment.
In the last 20 years the park has been able to develop harmoniously thanks to the "zoning" of the territory, which has allowed the integration of conservation and development and an agreement with the municipalities of the park to overcome the urban problems. The visits to the park are controlled and selected, and there are many achievements to continue making this park ever more modern and efficient.
The National Park of Abruzzo, is one of the oldest parks in Italy known internationally for its role in the conservation of some of the most important Italian fauna species, such as the wolf, the Abruzzo chamois and the brown bear Marsicano, as well as for the first and numerous initiatives for the modernization and localized diffusion of environmentalism. It is covered with beech woods for about two thirds of its surface. It extends mainly in mountainous and pastoral territory, where the cultivation of the vine and the olive tree is not feasible, trespassing in the cultivation plan in the Giovenco valley and in Val di Comino.
The Hotel San Marco, recently renovated, will be the perfect setting for your stay in Vasto: in our practical and elegant environments you can relax with all the most modern comforts and in absolute tranquility.
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