Casa in Piazza, Vasto, Italy - Central Yet Quiet Location Close To All Amenities
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 5
- €100 refundable damage deposit payable on check-in and refunded on departure (less breakages)
- Maximum number of guests 4 Minimum age 5 years old We do not accept pets
- Please be respectful of our house and leave it as you found it (no washing-up, no refuse etc) Penalty of €25 for non-compliance. Thank you
Enhanced cleaning practices
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Cleaned with disinfectant
My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful trip to Vasto. This rental was in a great location - set just a little back from from the main streets, it was close enough to be part of everything but still be private and quiet once we tucked in for the night. It was literally just steps away from the best view in town. James and Judy were wonderful hosts and provided so many good recommendations of restaurants and things to do. They clearly love this town and are excited to share it with you.
We only speak a little Italian, but everyone we interacted with in Vasto (and the rest of Abruzzo) was very warm and welcoming, and we were able to get along great. Really, this is a lovely home in a lovely place - we will certainly be back!
Properly was located very centrally. While small it met all our needs. Judy and James met us in the plaza and were very gracious hosts. Some many great restaurants and shops. Excellent people watching. Would definitely recommend this apartment to others.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us this review! So glad you found our medieval casa in piazza had everything you needed for a great holiday and that we could help you with ideas of what to see and do in and around town. Hope to see you back again really soon for more ancestor hunting! Ciao, Judy and James
Centrally located little gem
Good central location, close to shops, bars & restaurants. Situated in a quaint little Piazza with many alleyways which lead to different parts of the old town - but you soon find your way around!
The property was very clean, the bedroom was confortable & bathroom very spacious.
Judy & James were very helpful and even text us to see if we wanted the air conditioning on when it got very hot - we were glad we accepted their offer. The A/C was very effective and very quiet.
We soon got into the Italian routine of having our Siesta between 12.30 and 4pm, we enjoyed breakfast at Bar Roma in the Piazza Rossetti and our Apperol Spritz at Bar Miro in the evenings. Vasto beach is long & sandy & very clean and it is an easy walk from the old town. It's a good idea to get the bus back up the hill!
If you're looking for a centrally located but tucked away property in the old town, this is it.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us this review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time here in Vasto in our casa in piazza. There was a heatwave on when you visited so we thought the airconditioning would be a good idea, it is usually only needed in July and August, but the weather here can surprise you! Glad you liked our recommended bars and you enjoyed the vegetarian restaurants here and the seasonal dishes. There is something for everyone in Vasto, (it's not all pizza and pasta here in 'real' Italy!) Hope to see you both again for more adventures in Vasto. Regards, Judy and James
Delightful little house in centre of the old town
At just stones throw from the sea views and great bars and restaurants this little house offers the holidaymaker a great base for exploring all that Vasto offers.
Thanks so much for this review! So happy that you enjoyed your stay in our casa in piazza. Hope you can return soon! Ciao, Judy and James
Perfect House in a Perfect Location!!
This house is beautiful and in a perfect location to the old town of Vasto. The house is very well presented, spotlessly clean and everything had been thought of from linen to pots, pans, cooking essentials such as olive oil to dvds and beach toys for the children. We were very impressed with the owners Judy and James for their efficiency and accuracy in everything, they supplied us with a lot of information on Vasto such as local restaurants and places to visit, as well as parking, they were very thorough. They also kept us informed of everything that was going on in town so we didn’t miss out. We absolutely LOVED Vasto. We will definitely come back again. Thank you!
Thank you so much for doing this fantastic review for us, we really appreciate that you took the time. We are so happy when guests really have such a wonderful time in Vasto, we try so hard to make sure every guest has the best holiday possible, and great reviews telling us we are doing it right make it all worth it! Really glad you enjoyed your time here and the kids liked the beach toys and dvd's. It was great that you happened to be here whilst our local town pageant was on and that the kids got to experience it! You were all such lovely guests, hope you can visit again soon! Regards, Judy and James
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.
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
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.
James and Judy
- english, french, german, italian
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 on hand with advice information and help for our guests. We spend most of our time snorkelling or fishing or at our country house in the garden. 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 tourists 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 local delicacies. 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 and now 2019.
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.