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It is the municipality that is the leader of the Costa dei Trabocchi. It has very ancient origins, dating back to the Frentani people, which founded Histonium in the 12th century BC. Histonium was an important seafaring village and a port of the Adriatic sea. It was destroyed by the Longobards and it was rebuilt in a Medieval style as we see it now. In the historic center there is the Caldoresco Castle, the cathedral and the Palazzo d’Avalos that houses museums on the local culture.

The city centre stands on a promontory at 144 meters above sea level and for this reason you can enjoy a panoramic viewpoint on the 20 km of coastline, of which 7 km are made up of sandy shores and 13 Km are made up of a cliff, which includes the Golfo of Vasto, that is the unique coastal inlet of the Adriatic Sea, between the Golfo di Manfredonia to the south and the Golfo di Ancona to the North.
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Barbacani square, 2
66054 Vasto, Chieti,
Abruzzo, Italia
Inhabitants 41317
Altitude 144 m slm

Monuments and places of interest

  • Religious architecture
  • Cathedral of St. Joseph
  • Church of Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Church of Maria Santissima del Carmine
  • Church of San Michele Arcangelo
  • Church of Sant’Antonio da Padova and ruins of the convent of San Francesco d’Assisi
  • Church of San Giovanni Bosco
  • The church of Santa Lucia
  • Church of San Francesco di Paola
  • Remains of the church of Santa Croce
  • Former convent of Sant’Onofrio
  • Monumental complex of Santa Lucia
  • Church of Our Lady of Punta Penna (Pennaluce)
  • Church of Santa Maria Stella Maris in Vasto Marina
  • Church of Sant’Anna
  • Church of Francesco da Paola or of the Addolorata (Piazza Rossetti).
  • Church of the Madonna delle Grazie
  • Church of Our Lady of the Snow (destroyed)
  • Church of St. Nicholas
  • Church of San Giovanni Bosco
  • Church of the Madonna dei Sette Dolori
  • Church of San Marco Evangelista
  • Church of St. Paul the Apostle
  • Church of Santa Maria of the Holy Saturday.
  • Church of Santa Filomena (Palazzo Genova Rulli)
  • Church of the Annunciation
  • Church of San Teodoro (Palazzo Ciccarone)
  • Church of Sant’Antonio Abate
  • Church of San Lorenzo
  • Sanctuary of Maria SS. Crowned
  • Church of Santa Maria di Pennaluce
  • Church of La Maddalena.
  • Church of Santa Maria Stella Maris.
  • Church of Francesco d’Assisi (Vasto Marina)
  • Church of Our Lady of Sorrows.
  • Chapel of Santa Maria of Constantinople
  • Palazzo Aragona
  • Palace of the Penna
  • Palazzetto Nibio Cardone
  • Palazzo Marchesani
  • Palazzo Genova-Rulli
  • Palazzo Benedetti.
  • Palazzo Mennini.
  • Palazzo Smargiassi.
  • Palazzo Palmieri
  • Palazzo Miscione, located in Via Pampani
  • Palazzo Ciccarone.
  • Palazzo del Carmine.
  • Palazzo Fanghella-Caldarelli-Michelangelo.
  • Palazzo Mayo, located in Piazza Pudente
  • Palazzo Palmieri.
  • Palazzo Ritucci Chini
  • Palazzo Bottari, Brindisi, Della Penna
  • Palazzo Cieri-Cavallone
  • Palazzo De Sanctis
  • Palazzo Martella
  • Palazzo Melle-Molino
  • Politeama Ruzzi
  • Tenaglia Palace
  • Palazzo Vicoli
  • Palazzo Florio
  • Caldoresco Castle
  • Castello Aragona and Miramare Castle
  • Torre di Bassano
  • Torre Diomede del Moro
  • Tower of the Holy Spirit
  • Torre Sinello
  • Tower of Punta Penna

Archaeological sites

  • Piazza Rossetti preserves the ellipsoidal shape of the amphitheater.
  • In Via Cavour are the ruins of the Santa Chiara cisterns made in opus signinum.
  • In Via Adriatica there are the baths dating back to the 2nd century AD. divided into three levels.
  • At the hospital there are some remains of a building from the end of the first half of the 2nd century AD.
  • In Via V. Lancetti there are small cisterns.
  • At Via S. e F. Ciccarone there is an archaeological ruin called the chapel of the Madonna del Soccorso. From this place comes the
  • funeral slab of Caius Hosidius Veteranus now placed in the archaeological museum of Vasto.
  • In Via Antonio Bosco 16 there is a Roman temple.

Museums and libraries

  • Archaeological Civic Museum
  • Municipal art gallery
  • Museum of Costume.
  • Politeama Ruzzi.
  • Civic Library
  • Gabriele Rossetti civic library
  • Palazzo Mattioli civic library


  • The historical re-enactment of the Toson d’Oro

Vasto cuisine

  • Brodetto alla Vastese.
  • Ventricina del Vastese.
  • Pallotte “Cace e Ove”.

Twinned with

  • Perth, Australia – dal 1989

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