On the Trabocchi coast
Overlooking the Golden Gulf in Abruzzo, Vasto is famous for its Coastline of Trabocchi, historical fishing machines built on the shoreline to intercept fish. Among the most beautiful places in the area is the Punta Aderci Nature Reserve, stretching for 5 kilometres and including the beaches of Punta Penna, Libertini, Punta Aderci and Mottagrossa.
Explore the historic centre on foot, losing yourself in the romantic Roman-era alleys that suddenly open up to panoramic sea views. The most beautiful square is Piazza Rossetti, where you will also find the Bassano Tower, the only one of the five pinnacles that formed the city's defensive walls. Not far is the Caldoresque Castle built in 1439. Don't miss St Joseph's Cathedral a short walk from the square. Discover also the Renaissance-style Palazzo d'Avalos, presently housing the civic museum, the archaeological museum and the art gallery.
Complete the walk with a sunset stop at the Loggia Amblingh, offering a magnificent view of the sea. The sunrise, on the other hand, can be admired through the door that leads nowhere, to Belvedere San Pietro: it is the only remaining piece of a church swept away by a landslide.