Vasto (Lù Uàštë in dialetto abruzzese, Histonium in latino e Ἱστόνιον, in greco antico) has very ancient origins, dating back to Frentani people, which in the 12th century BC founded Histonium, an important fishing village and Adriatic port. Destroyed by Lombards, it was rebuilt becoming an important stronghold during Caldora’s lordship, until the proclamation of Vastese Republic in 1799, at the end of the domination of D'Avalos family over the city .
Nowadays Vasto historical center is represented by Caldoresco Castle, the Cathedral and Palazzo D’Avalos in particular, which hosts the ancient museum, the museum of modern art and the Neapolitan Garden. Among Vasto’s historical wonders, we mention the Cathedral of San Giuseppe, the Santa Maria’s Church and La Loggia Amblingh, which offers one of the most beautiful walks along Abruzzo coast. A visit to Punta Penna Lighthouse and The Nature Reserve of Punta Aderci is a must.
In the summertime Vasto is full of people until late and there are many events: great concerts, dancing evenings, festivals of typical products and the traditional parade of Toson D’Oro. Also 3 km away from the center there is Aqualand del Vasto, the largest waterpark estate in Abruzzo.
Vasto coast is the largest one in Abruzzo with sandy and pebble seabeds. Visiting Vasto Marina don’t forget about La Sirenetta (o Monumento alla Bagnante), Il Pontile and I Trabocchi.