It was our first visit to Vasto, and I’m hoping it won’t be our last.
Vasto is a charming, very ancient (1300 BC) small city perched above the sea. Unfortunately the ground has a way of sliding into the sea in this area and in 1956 a significant chunk of the ‘centro storico’ Vasto slid down the cliff into the sea. There is now a lovely promenade, lined with shops and restaurants that safely takes you along the cliff edge of the city.
Marina di Vasto is more of your typical Italian beach scene and if that’s your thing, you’ll be happy.
But we were happily rewarded by finding small, nearly hidden, ridiculously scenic rocky beaches. Follow the road along the sea, look for cars parked in clumps and a trail. If you ignore the ‘unsafe swimming’ signs and just forge ahead, you’ll be pleasantly rewarded. As long as you understand there are no life guards or amenities!
The water was shallow a good way out, but a storm was coming in and the water was becoming too agitated to contemplate paddle boarding. We did get to swim around a ‘trabucco’ or ‘fishing machine’ that is typical of that area. These land based massive fishing net contraptions are typical of the area. Some are still in use, others have become restaurants and it looks like some have just been abandoned.