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.