VASTO

Histonium. With this name it was known from the Roman but its foundation is linked to the history of the Troyans and Greek kings who arrived in Italy after the war of Troy: it was Diomede, King of Etolia, that voluntarily exiled himself from its native land and disembarked with its people in Southern Italy founding some cities between which Histonium.
More prosaicly the city is believed to be founded by Illiri who arrived from the Albanian coasts around year 1000 b.C. Surely it was the city of the Frentani, italic people of Indo-European origin.
The name of Vasto instead, is perhaps of Longobard derivation because the city was gastaldato of their reign resisting fiercely to besieges of the troops of Carlo Magno or perhaps it derives from Guasto d’Aymone di Dordona, commander of the French troops, who after the conquest and the devastation of the city operated by its army, decided to to rebuilt it.
It then passed under the Angioini and the Aragoneses like many cities of the region.

Dating back to the Roman period remain some rests in the historical center. A cultural visit of Vasto must include the Cathedral of San Giuseppe, the Palace of Avalos (wanted by Cesar Michelangelo d' Avalos), the Castello Caldoresco, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Speaking about Vasto we cannot remember the promenade at the base of the hill on which the city rises, goal of many holidayers during the summery season.

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