Citta' del Vasto
Vasto is a small (approx 40,000 inhabitants) town located in the region of Abruzzo in Italy. Overlooking the Adriatic sea, it is composed of the main town up on a hill and a seaside area referred to as "Vasto Marina". There are plenty of activities to enjoy both in the city as well as in the neighbouring Abruzzo region. Follow the links below for more information on its history, beaches, culture, and more. Most of the information below will also give suggestions on things to do during spare time, and most of the information can be found in english.
- Golfo d'Oro - Information on Vasto compiled by local tourism operators. Available in English.
- Regione Abruzzo - Information on the surrounding Abruzzo region. Available in English.
- The Vasto Unknown - Article published in The Guardian newspaper describing the city and surroundings.
How to get to Vasto
The closest airport to Vasto is the Aereoporto Internazionale d'Abruzzo located in Pescara PSR (approx 1 hr drive north of Vasto). Airline companies that regularly fly to Pescara Airport are Ryanair, Wizz, ITA and Volotea. Direct flight to Pescara Airport are available from national italian airports (Bergamo BGY, Cagliari CAG, Catania CTA, Milano LIN, Palermo PMO), and some international airports (Brussels CRL, Krakow KRK, London STN, Manchester MAN, Memmingen FMM, Prague PRG, Warsaw WMI). Similar connection are also available from Ancona at the Aeroporto Internazionale di Ancona (approx 2 hr drive north of Vasto). Please regularly check both airport webpages for updates and changes to flight destinations. Pescara and Ancona are the most convinent airports to reach Vasto.
The closest large international airport is that of Rome Fiumicino FCO, which serves a large number of national and international destinations/airlines. Please vist their website for more information. Alternativley Rome also operates the smaller Rome Ciampino CIA airport.
Shuttle busses operate between Rome Fiumicino FCO and Vasto every few hours. More details can be found from the shuttle operator Clikbus. Alternativley rental cars are also available from all airports if that is a preffered mode of transport. Designated conference shuttle busses from Pescara Airport PSR and Ancona Airport AOI will be organised at reduced rates, as well as from Rome Fiumicino FCO, if there is enough demand for them from participants.
Alternativley, travel to Vasto can also be arranged by train. The most connected station is that of Vasto-San Salvo. Note however, that the best mode of arriving to Vasto from Rome is either by rental car or shuttle bus.
There are limited hotels close to the conference venue in Vasto city centre. Many more options are available in Vasto Marina, close to the beaches. Shuttle busses will be made available every day at the start and end of the conference to transport participants from their accomodations to the conference venue and viceversa. A list of accomodation options will be added closer to the conference date. If you prefer staying in Vasto city, then you may want to check Airbnb for availability closer to the conference venue.
There are currently no COVID-19-related entry restrictions in Italy. As of 1 June 2022, Covid-19 green certification is no longer required for entry into Italy from EU and non-EU countries. More information can be found on the Italian Ministry of Health website.
Whether you are arriving by bus, train, car or taxi, here is some information you may find useful.
Organised VAM events
Throghout the week there will be several organised events, including aperitifs and social dinner.
Vasto Marina <> Vasto shuttle busses
There will be daily shuttles taking participants to/from Vasto city from Vasto Marina.
Departure times are specified in the conference programme.
Local bus transport
The Linea 1 and Linea 4 operate regular busses between Vasto Marina and Vasto city operated by Tessitore between Monday-Saturday. On Sunday the Linea Festiva operates only.
Below a PDF with the highlighted route times For Linea 1 and Linea 4. Tickets can be purchased directly on the bus with cash.
Restaurants & Bars
Agreed rates for VAM participants on second page and close to Palazzo D'Avalos.
Especially useful when trying to find somewhere to go for lunch!
Activities & spare time
The schedule is packed. But don't feel guilty for taking time to relax! Here some tips.
Below contact details for three taxis in Vasto:
List of various shops (farmacy, clothing, bakery) around Vasto City with agreed special rates for VAM participants.
If you require a babysitter please reach out to us via email.