About the property
- House699 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Casa in Piazza, Vasto, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy - Central Yet Quiet Location Close To Restaurants, Bars & Shops, 15 Minutes Walk To The Beach!
certificate of excellence winner 2017.
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 walk to the beach in 15 minutes. It is located in a residential part of the center, so is ideal if you want to immerse yourself in the local life and colour of REAL Italy. More on our website 'Abruzzorentals'
*Wifi internet is available we provide up to 4GB free*
Pescara airport via Ryanair from Stansted is 50 minutes from Vasto. You can hire a car here, or I can arrange a taxi pick up service on arrival (advance notice required)
Rome is 3 hours away, and Vasto can be reached by direct air-conditioned coach. Details will be sent after booking if requested.
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.The opening shuttered front windows by the extending dining table (seats 4) look out onto the sunny piazza.The lounge area contains 2 single sofa-beds. We also supply a range of DVD's and books and wifi internet connection is available.(up to 4GB free)
The marble stairs lead up to the large character family bathroom with high wood beamed ceiling and features a wc, bidet, basin,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 for hot summer months. air-conditioning in bedroom (supplement €7 a day on arrival) 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.
Beach towels can be provided with advanced notice, one per person per stay (supplement payable €10 total to cover laundry costs)
There is free street car parking 2 mins walk from the house should you need it. Parking is also available in a toll car park or a large secure multi-story car park both 5 minute walk away from the house. 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 suitable for families as there are two separate single sofa-beds in the lounge and children over 5 years of age are welcome. Please ask if you have very young children as this house may not be suitable. (sleeps max 4 persons)
We accept arrivals on any day of the week, check-in is 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 try to be flexible on this when ever possible depending on other bookings.
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. Children of all ages are welcome at the apartment.
Vasto marina beach is a huge sandy shallow sloping beach ideal for children. Here you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas and there are snack bars and restaurants. You can also hire motor boats and pedalos. It is reachable by car or regular bus in 5 minutes.
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.
Please read my reviews on Trip Advisor, and you will see why my guests regularly return!
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.
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 January 1 and 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, 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) daily from Termoli and Vasto port in summer.
James and Judy
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About James and Judy
I retired young (under 40) and 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 and messing about in our boat. 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. Please read our Trip Advisor reviews to see what our previous guests think about our properties, Vasto and us. We are pleased to say that our apartment earned a Certificate of Excellence for 2014 and 2017
James and Judy purchased this House in 2014
Why James and Judy 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 where the locals sometimes like to gather for a chat in the hot summer months. It is also only 5 minutes walk from our other apartment. The town is still relatively unknown elsewhere, 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.
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The property is very well maintained in a great location and the hosts James and Judith are helpful
Overall I would recommend the property for its location very clean hosts are very helpful. All in all a good experience and we had a lovely holiday.
Great end to our Italian vacation!
We loved this little house and its location. Our family of 4 stayed for a week and it was a perfect respite after having flitted all about the west side of Italy for 2 weeks. Far from the madding crowds, yet close to all that you could want. We used it mainly for sleeping and eating and chose to spend our days at the beaches.
James and Judy were very helpful: welcoming us, getting us acquainted with the area and their house, answering any questions we had, and seeing us off.
We are so glad we decided to try a bit of the real Italy and hope to return again one day.
Thank you so very much for this wonderful review! I am so glad that after your first time tour of the main tourist cities of Italy, that you chose to come to Vasto to see the 'real' Italy, untouched by mass tourism. I can see why after the rigours of your tour this relaxing beach stay is just what you needed to refresh and unwind. I hope that if you decide on another grand tour of Italy you will come back again and see us. Best regards, Judy and James
Charming place for a short break
This 'casa' is full of charm, both inside and out. Inside, the accommodation is clean and well decorated but with some old features that give it a real home-like feel. Outside, the location is stunning, set amongst the winding back-streets of the medieval town of Vasto. We really enjoyed being able to 'fall out of bed' into sunny cafes and restaurants right on the doorstep. The beach is a short walk (down a hill). Vasto is a beautiful town and this casa lets you soak in the beauty from a great location.
Thank you for your great 5 star review. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay in our Casa. We have worked very hard to refurbish the casa to modern standards whilst retaining it's original character so I am so pleased that you liked it. We bought the house because of it's fantastic location, in the center of historical pedestrain part of the town and all it has to offer, yet in such a peaceful piazza. Vasto is a great town for a short city break, but because we are so close to the beach, it's also great for a fortnights summer beach holiday too. There is no need for a car here as everything is right on the doorstep of the casa, even the beach! Hope to see you again soon in Vasto! Ciao, Judy and James
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 and nearby if required. A hidden gem.
Thank you for your lovely review of our Casa in Piazza. We're so glad you had such a relaxing time here in Vasto. I have just updated the brochure supplied in the casa with more recommended restaurants and a new section on vineyards and cantinas to visit in Vasto where you can do some wine tasting. I do hope that you will be able to visit again next year for longer. Best regards, Judy and James
our stay in vasto
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.
Thank you for writing this great review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay here in Vasto at our Casa. The bus service to the beach goes every 20 minutes and the bus stop is only a few minutes walk from the Casa. It only takes 5 minutes by bus and cost €1. We walk to the beach in about 15 minutes, but I find walking back up does take more effort as it is all up hill and up steps, so I find it best to fortify myself with a gelato before attempting to walk back! Or you can just catch the returning bus up the hill. I am glad you will be returning, just let me know when and I shall chill the Trebbiano wine ready for you! Hope to see you again soon! Ciao, Judy and James
Great house in Fantastic Location
We had a fantastic time exploring the area around Vasto on our bicycles, sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the sea and relaxing with a glass of wine in the local bars. Eating out is cheap and very good, although the house has full cooking amenities, we didn't use them much as there are many restaurants within a few minutes walk of the house. The house was very comfortable in an excellent location in the center of the old town, but in a quiet pedestrian only piazza. We could walk to the beach down the steps and be back in the piazza in time for passigiata. The owners were very helpful and provided loads of information in a brochure in the house, they also answered any questions we promptly.
Thank you for taking the time to write this great review of our newly refurbished 'Casa in Piazza'. I am glad you had such a good time exploring the area, in particular the wonderful dunes and beaches in the nature reserves of Punta Penna and Punta A'Derci just outside the town. I am really happy that you will be returning again next year for another couple of weeks. See you in Vasto! Ciao Judy and James
Coast/Beach: 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. Located in the historical center of the town but only 15 minutes walk from the beach. Vasto is surrounded by countryside and other small hilltowns to explore. Aqualand water park is 15 minutes drive. Vinyards 10 minutes drive. The Majeletta mountains and nature park are one and a half hours dirve. Rome is 3 hours. 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. Travel: 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.) Distances: 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.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: 50% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking to secure accommodation, balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. Prices are for 2 to 4 person occupancy. max 4 guests €100 refundable deposit payable on arrival, and refunded on departure (less any breakages) Check-in after 3pm until 8pm. Late check-in is available but may incur extra charge and is by prior agreement only., check-out before 10am (we try to be flexible on this whenever possible, depending on bookings) Changeover day flexible, we accept arrivals any day of the week at any time. We meet all our guests personally on arrival. Notes on prices: Prices are for 2 to 4 person occupancy. max 4 guests (Two guests in the double bedroom, and 2 single sofa-beds in the lounge area) Prices include bathroom towels and bed linen (changed weekly), final cleaning and a welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk & wine Supplement €7 a day for air-conditioning in the bedroom payable on arrival on request if needed