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Medieval house located in the historical center but a short walk to the beach

Bedrooms 1
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Town center house sleeps 4. In the pedestrian town but short walk to the beach

This quaint recently restored Medieval house 'Casa in Piazza' is located in a the cobbled pedestrian residential part of the historical center of Vasto on the Adriatic coast of Italy in the unspoilt region of Abruzzo. Only a minutes walk to the many bars, restaurants and boutiques and from the main piazza. You can also walk to the beach in 15 minutes. It is located in a residential area, so is perfect if you want to immerse yourself in the local life and colour of REAL Italy !

* 4GB Wifi internet access is available in the house*

Certificate of Excellence winner 2017. Please visit the TA site to read all our 5* reviews and see why we earned this coveted award.

Please see my site Abruzzorentals (dot) com for more information

The centrally heated house has an open plan ground floor with a kitchenette, electric oven and gas hob. The lounge /diner has an antique decorative brick fireplace typical of an Italian medieval town house. The opening shuttered front windows by the extending dining table (seats 4) look out onto the piazza.. The lounge area contains 2 single sofa-beds. We also supply a range of DVD's and books.

The marble stairs lead up to the large character family bathroom with high wood beamed ceiling and features a wc, bidet, basin with vanity unit and mirror, bath with shower over and heated towel rail and radiator. The double bedroom also features a high wood beamed ceiling, with king size bed, and french doors leading to a small sunny Juliette balcony. Fans are provided free and air-conditioning is optional on request (€7 a day payable on arrival if required during the hot summer months). Included in our prices, we provide all bathroom towels and bed linen (changed weekly), a welcome pack including wine, final cleaning costs and a full brochure of recommended restaurants, things to see and do in the area,maps and local events.

There is free street car parking 2 mins walk from the apartment should you need it. Parking is also available in a toll car park nearby or a large secure multi-story car park about a 5 minute walk away from the house. We prvide a parking map for all our guests before arrival. A car is not needed in Vasto unless you wish to explore further afield.

Casa in Piazza is an ideal base for a couple to see local life and colour and sample 'real' Italy and those wishing to explore the beautiful town and for a beach holiday too. The house is also suitable for families as there are two separate single sofa-beds in the lounge and children over 5 years of age are welcome. (sleeps max 4 persons) May not be suitable for under 5's, please enquire first .

We also own our award winning Medieval apartment near beach (sleeps 4) with vaulted ceilings also in Vasto only 5 mins walk from this house should you require accommodation on one level or extra accommodation for a larger party. Children of all ages are welcome at the apartment.

Vasto marina beach is a huge sandy shallow sloping beach with water ideal for children. Here you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas and behind the beach there are snack bars and restaurants. You can also hire motor boats and pedalos from here. It is reachable by car or regular bus in 5 minutes. It holds the prestigious Blue Flag award.

The closest beach is reachable down steps and is a 15 minute walk. It is a small rock and pebble beach ideal for snorkeling and fishing.

Aqualand water park is only 15 minutes away by bus and is ideal for a day with children.

If you are looking for 'real Italy' then look no further than Abruzzo. Just don't forget to bring your phrase book! Vasto has everything right on it's doorstep and is ideal for both a city break or a few weeks in the sun on the beach. Unlike most hill towns in Abruzzo, a car is not necessary here as everything you need for a fantastic holiday is right here in Vasto.

April and May are beautiful, with many days in the 70's ( low 20's) and the flowers and plants are blooming. June is my favourite month with warm sea and deserted beaches. Then comes the high heat and humidity in the summer months of July and August, which is a great time to visit for the beaches and the sea, where the sea temperature rises to 80 degrees (26) and the activities that the town arrange for the visiting Romans, such as jazz in the park, rock bands in the piazza, carnival, local pageant, and wine tastings etc, most of which are free to attend. The town is very lively at this time of year.

September is quiet when all the Romans have left, but the summer is by no means over, and the beaches are once again deserted and quiet, but with high temperatures and perfect for a peaceful beach holiday, we also have our patron saint festa the last weekend in September with concerts, bands and fireworks.

October is still summer here, and you can still expect weather similar to that in May if not warmer. Whichever month you choose to come, you can be sure of a real Italian experience!

November is relatively quiet, but December is a beautiful time to visit, when near Christmas, the town is bedecked with lights, Christmas trees and baubles. Carole concerts are held in the churches and cathedrals and groups of local folk singers walk the streets. There are also local produce Christmas markets and art festivals. On December 26 and 30 and January 6 the town holds it's annual Presepe Vivente.(living nativity) where the towns folk (including us!) dress up in period costume and set out their houses as scenes from a nativity. It's a wonderful event.

Vasto town is built on the Roman ruins of Histonium, and is a Medieval town with great charm and character. There is plenty to see and do in the town itself, churches and cathedrals, the Roman baths with mosaics, a Medieval Castle, the lovely park with it's large duck pond and fountain and the Palace.There is also a running track, a tennis club, and indoor swimming pool and fitness club with gym, all within a few minutes walk of the house.

On a Saturday morning there is a local produce market selling cheese, cured meats and fresh fruit and vegetables from the local farms. It is full of local characters and a great photo opportunity. There is also another Saturday market selling a variety of goods including leather bags and belts, clothes and shoes.

There are plenty of pavement cafes and bars and restaurants to while away the days in, along with the many high class boutiques to window shop in, including Burberry, Gucci Jewellery, Marella, MaxMara and of course a huge array of beautiful shoe shops!

There are museums, art galleries, a costume museum, archaeological gardens in the Palazzo. A large portion of the town is pedestrian only and therefore safe and quiet. A favourite pastime of the Vastese is the passegiata or evening stroll, where everybody dresses in their finest and strolls around the town chatting and stopping for aperativo with friends.

Although Vasto is little known in Europe, it is an Italian secret, and a favourite summer destination of the wealthy Romans, who have been coming here for years, many having second homes here. It offers plenty to do for a long weekend or with the added bonus of the beach, a fortnights holiday. Please remember this is the 'real' Italy, so not many people here speak English. You will need to bring a phrase book and dictionary if your grasp of the language is limited. All restaurant menus are in Italian. I do provide a brochure in the house with a guide of what to expect, but you will not find International cuisine here, it is very Italian and restaurants serve mainly fish based dishes. The local delicacy is Brodetto, a fish stew cooked with olive oil, tomatoes and garlic, delicious! The locals here rise early, eat at 12.30 then have a siesta, then aperativi are served at 18.00. The restaurants do not open until 20.00 after which it is time for another passagiata before bed which is midnight or later in high summer.

Cultural events occur throughout the year, with festivals of music, classical and rock concerts, Jazz in the park, film festival and food festivals, along with historical pageantry dating back to the 17th century. The local saints day of San Michele is a festa held on the last weekend in September and is a massive celebration with bands, music, market stalls all ending the the biggest and best firework display you have ever seen! Almost all of these are free to attend or watch. Aqualand water park (15 minutes by bus)is one of the biggest in the region and has many fun slides and amusements for children.

The closest beach is pebble and rock and ideal for snorkeling. The Blue Flag sandy Marina beach is gently shelving and ideal for children. Here you can find all amenities such as sunbeds, umbrellas, toilet and shower facilities, restaurants, snackbars, gelateria, motor boat hire and pedalo hire.

You can hire a car in Vasto if you wish to explore further afield, including the nature reserves, the Majaletta mountain park and the caves and grottoes. There are nearby old hill towns to explore too.

Vasto is on the Adriatic coast of the Chieti region of Abruzzo and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are many national parks and nature reserves, with caves and grottoes nearby, both inland and by the sea. The Appenine mountains are only 1 h 15 mins by car should you wish to explore further afield and drive up to the Maiella mountain.

The cavellone caves are a fantastic day out in the summer, and a break from the heat in July or August. The view from the cable car over the mountains is not to be missed.

The Tremiti Islands are reachable by ferry (50 mins) which goes daily from Termoli and Vasto port in the summer. Here you can sit on the beach or hire a boat and go snorkeling or diving in the crystal clear water. Rome is less than 3 hours away, and can be reached by air-conditioned coach from Vasto bus station.

More Details

Judy and James
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
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Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Judy and James

I live in Vasto, Abruzzo with my wife Judy. We bought our apartment in 2006 for a holiday home, and loved it so much here that within 3 years we had moved here permanently! We have now bought another house in the same town only 5 minutes walk away from the apartment, so are always on hand with advise information and help for our guests. We spend most of our time snorkelling and spear fishing. In the winter, we drive up to the Maiella mountains, just over an hour away and go skiing. We have settled into life in Italy very well, and have befriended many of the locals, which has in turn given us local knowledge and an insider view of Vasto that most visitors or tourist would not experience. We are now happy to pass on our knowledge to our guests. We can help with trips to local vineyards to taste the wine and be treated to lunch by the owners. We can help with restaurant recommendations, the best beaches to go to, where to hire a car, a taxi, bus times and a multitude of other information. We supply a brochure in all our properties outlining what to see and do around Vasto and we try to help our guests have the best holiday for them that is possible. We also supply guide books, maps and brochures on the area. We inform all our guests on arrival of any special events taking place in the town during their stay. We are pleased to say that our apartment and casa both earned a Certificate of Excellence for 2017.

Judy and James purchased this house in 2014

Why Judy and James chose Vasto

In 2006 we were looking for a holiday home in Italy, and stumbled across the fairly unknown Abruzzo. It's beautiful countryside and lively towns drew us to it along with it's huge sandy sweeping beaches. Vasto is one of the very few Medieval towns that sit along the coastline, close enough to walk to the beach. Most are located in the hills a good drive away from the sea. This is what makes Vasto so special. The town has grown into a sophisticated holiday resort for wealthy Romans, many of whom have a second home here for the summer. We bought our Medieval apartment, and then after 3 years decided to move here permanently and rent out our apartment. We had such a great success with it, this year we decided to buy another property for rental and were lucky enough to find this fantastic little house in a bright and sunny residential piazza . It is also only 5 minutes walk from our other apartment. The town is still relatively unknown outside of Italy, and therefore unspoilt by tourism. If you want a 'real' Italian holiday, then come here not only for the beaches, but the beautiful town itself and all it has to offer.

You can fly direct from London Stansted to Pescara in 2 hours, and Vasto is 50 minutes from Pescara airport. We can arrange a private pick-up service for you on request. Car hire is readily available at Pescara airport on arrival.

Vasto is also easily reachable from Rome, and air-conditioned coaches run from Tiburtina in Rome direct to the coach station in Vasto. The journey is about 3 hours, and is very comfortable . I can provide timetables on request. The journey costs around €16 one way. Some coaches also run direct to/from Fiumicino airport in Rome.

A good cheap train service runs up and down the coast from Vasto - San Salvo station.

The local transport network is cheap, €1 a ticket on the bus. Coaches run to Naples and Bologna as well as Rome.

I can supply local taxi numbers too

What makes this house unique

Whilst you might find other properties for rent in Abruzzo, almost all will be located in or near hilltowns a long drive from the coast. In Vasto, we have the best of both worlds, with beautiful scenery, and a town with a sea view and walkable beach. There really is no need for a car here, unlike other hill towns, as everything is right here on your doorstep. Not only is the house walking distance to the beach, it is only a couple of minutes walk to the many restaurants, bars and pavement cafes. Everything is here for a perfect holiday all within easy reach.

Vasto town is situated just above the Adriatic coast of Italy and the house is within walking distance 15 mins (down steps) or 5 minutes on the bus, of the beach.

Vasto marina beach is a huge sandy shallow sloping beach with water ideal for children. Here you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas and behind the beach there are snack bars and restaurants. You can also hire motor boats and pedalos from here. It is reachable by car or regular bus in 5 minutes or a 20 minute walk down. It holds the prestigious Blue Flag award. The closest beach is reachable down steps and is a 15 minute walk. It is a small rock and pebble beach ideal for snorkeling and fishing.

Aqualand water park is only 15 minutes away by bus and is ideal for a day with children.

Vasto is on the Adriatic coast of the Chieti region of Abruzzo and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are many national parks and nature reserves, with caves and grottoes nearby, both inland and by the sea easily accessible from Vasto.

Cultural events occur throughout the year, with festivals of music, classical and rock concerts, Jazz in the park, film festival and food festivals, along with historical pageantry dating back to the 17th century. Most events are free to attend.

The seafood is Vasto is some of the best a freshest you will have tasted. Our speciality is Brodetto, a fish stew with garlic, tomatoes and olive oil. Shellfish is also a local dish.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved this house in the square. It was immaculate, with everything we could have needed to cook our own meals, which we did sometimes because the food available to buy in the nearby shops and markets was so tempting. We also loved eating in the local restaurants which are just minutes walk from the square. We especially enjoyed sitting reading in the sun on the 1st floor balcony or walking down to the beaches. The upstairs bedroom has loads of character and a very comfortable bed. For us, it was perfect, great location, excellent accommodation and equipment, in a lovely city, and the owners went out of their way to make our visit a success. It was fantastic value for the price.
Oct 2014
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Vasto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • Bathroom with shower over the bath. Large mirror and vanity cabinet. Hairdryer provided. Basin, bidet and w.c The bathroom has a window looking into a cobbled street. It has a radiator and a heated towel rail. We supply hand soap and shampoo.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • Bedroom with south facing small sunny Juliette balcony overlooking the piazza and original high beamed character wooden ceiling. King size bed and side tables with lamps and 2 double wardrobes. It also has a small table and 2 chairs so you can sit by the window and watch the world go by. We supply a fan in the bedroom for summer, and in winter it is centrally heated. Air-conditioning is also available on request for a supplement of €7 a day (payable on arrival)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
€100 refundable damage deposit payable on arrival (refunded on departure and return of the keys, less any breakages) Check in after 15:00 until 20:00. Late check in may incur an extra charge and is by prior arrangement only. Check out before 10:00. We accept arrivals on any day of the week. Supplements: €7 a day for air conditioning if requested and is payable on arrival. Beach towels can be provided for all guests (up to 4 per stay) for a total supplement of €10 payable on arrival and with prior notice of requirement.


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Medieval house located in the historical center but a short walk to the beach
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

A great place to stay in Vasto

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this delightful little house in the lovely town of Vasto. It is ideally situated in a quiet piazza right in the historic part of the town, minutes walk away from the bars, restaurant sand shops. Everything is close at hand. The house itself is very comfortable, well furnished and equipped with everything you could need. It was also spotlessly clean. It’s a fairly easy walk down to the beach, but walking back up requires a bit more effort, especially when it’s very hot (as it often is) as it is quite steep. However, there is a bus service which is both frequent and very cheap.

We were met on arrival by the owners Judy & James who were extremely helpful and gave us a lot of useful information on what to see and where to go, especially the best places to eat. We shall certainly be returning

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review! We are glad you had such a good time at our house here in Vasto. I would just like to point out to future guests that the bus service to and from the beach runs every 20 minutes in summer, and every 30 minutes the rest of the year. The bus stop is located a couple of minutes walk from the house and the journey is only 5 minutes and costs €1. There is also now a brochure in the house detailing all the information you could need about the town and surrounding area including maps and recommended restaurants. I am very happy that you will be returning, and look forward to welcoming you again to Vasto. Best regards, Judy and James.
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Little gem

  • 4 of 5

spent a couple of days here in the heart of Vasto centro storico (historical centre)and could have stayed longer at this delightful well equipped and tastefully furnished house which is set on a quiet little piazza just a few steps from the bustling bars and restaurants and historic sights and the belvedere promenade with the amazing views over the sandy bay. Ground floor lounge with fireplace and dining area overlooking piazza but my favourite time of day was having a glass of chilled prosecco at the Juliet balcony reading my book before stepping out to the many restaurants on the doorstop at such reasonable prices. Owners welcoming helpful and nearby if required. A hidden gem.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing this great review. I am so glad you had such a good (albeit brief) time here in Vasto. I am so happy that you have decided to return in the summer to experience everything the town has to offer. There is now a brochure supplied in the house detailing what to see and do in the area, and of course, we email every guest before arrival letting them know of any special events in the town prior to their arrival. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Regards, Judy and James
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Abruzzo Airport (Pescara) or Rome airports 3hrs
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
restaurants and bars within 1 minutes walk
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Porto di Vasto ferry to Tremiti Islands
Nearest Golf
37 Miles
Miglianico Golf Course
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Vasto-S.Salvo station
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Autostrada A14
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
nearest restaurant within a minutes walk
Nearest Ski
56 Miles
Passo Lanciano/Mama Rossa and Roccaraso
Nearest Beach
700 Metres
15 minutes walk or Vasto Marina 5 mins by car/bus
Car: not necessary


15 minutes walk down steps or 5 mins by car to the nearest pebble beach. There is an ancient wooden fishing Trabocco (pier) located here and it is a great beach for rock pools and snorkeling.

25 minutes walk down steps or 5 mins by car/bus to the wide shallow sandy Vasto Marina beach. Buses run from the bus stop which is 3 minutes walk from the property every 20 minutes to the beach and it takes only 5 minutes. Cafes, restaurants, Motorboats, sunbeds, brollies are available on this beach.


Vasto is 45 minutes by road from Pescara airport, which has direct flights from UK (Stansted via Ryanair), France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands and also from other parts of Italy. Cars can be hired via Ryanair website through Hertz, or on arrival at the airport. Taxi’s may be hired at the airport or I can arrange a pick up service for you in advance. Air conditioned coaches run several times a day from the coach station in Vasto to Rome in 3 hours (for flights to Rome.)


3 mins walk to nearest bus stop with buses to the beach/port/train station every 20 minutes

45 minutes drive from Abruzzo International Airport Pescara

1 mins walk Restaurants, cafes, bars and shops

15 mins by car/bus to Aqualand

1 hour drive Majaletta National Park, Gran Sasso

3 hours by air-conditioned coach from Vasto bus station to Rome

15 mins walk down steps nearest beach

25 mins walk/5 mins car sand beach

2 min walk parking

15 mins drive to woodland/seaside nature reserves

Further Details:

The town is bustling with life and apart from the shops, bars, pavement cafes, local markets and restaurants, the town has many activities put on by the Commune with Jazz in the park, classical piano concerto's in the Palace gardens and rock bands in the piazza. There is also a beautiful theatre (like a mini Convent Garden Opera House) with only 150 seats where they have a summer program. There are many activities for children, including pottery classes and face painting. There is also a festival of cooking with displays held in the piazza, and of course wine-tasting! In August we have our local pageant the Toson D'Oro with a procession through the town with horse and carriages carrying the dignitaries dressed in 18th century costume. The festivities continue with fire-eaters, stilt-walkers and of course a firework display. We also have a film festival with large screens set up in the piazza showing the latest releases (in Italian!) Almost all of these activities are free. Vasto Marina sand beach is gently shelving so ideal for children, pedalos, motorboats,sunbeds and brollies are for hire here, whilst the pebble beach is ideal for fishing and snorkeling. There is also a large water park Aqualand nearby (15 mins by car/bus) The Guidata Bosco Di Don Venanzio woodland nature reserve, and Punta Penna seaside nature reserve are both only 15 mins drive away.The Maiella national Park is just over a hours drive away, and further afield you can find caves and grottoes, waterfalls and beautiful scenery, should you wish to explore. There is a ferry based in Termoli -easily accessible in 25 mins by car - which can take you to the Tremiti Islands in 50 mins.These beautiful Islands have the clearest blue water and coral reef fantastic for divers and snorkelers. You can hire boats here for the day and return on the evening ferry.Car hire is available locally if you need it.There is a full information brochure provided in the property & we live nearby for assistance if needed.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates


All guests are required to make a payment of €100 on arrival for a refundable damage deposit.This will be returned on departure (less and breakages.)
All prices include;
bathroom towels
bed linen
a welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk, bottled water and wine
all final cleaning costs

Optional supplements...
supplement of €7 a day for air-conditioning payable on arrival
supplement of €10 for up to 4 beach towels on request in advance

Arrival is after 15:00 until 20:00 late arrivals may incur and extra charge and are by prior arrangement only.
Departure before 10:00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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