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Vasto: photo description (Vasto)

Vasto is an ancient town near Pescara. The first settlement here was founded in the 13th century BC, and the city, according to legend, was founded by the Greek hero Diomede. However, today most of the surviving monuments of history and architecture in the city dates from the Middle ages.

Vasto was once one of the major cities of the people frentani. It was founded on the Adriatic coast, 9 km South of the promontory of Punta della Penna. In Roman times it became a colony and was given the honored title of the municipality is a thriving and wealthy city. Talking about this extant ruins of a theatre, baths and other public buildings, decorated with numerous mosaics, statues and marble pillars.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire Vasto was in the hands of the Byzantines, then the Franks and Lombards, and finally, in the 11th century it was conquered by the Normans. And since the 13th century it was part of the Kingdom of Naples, which was later transformed into the Kingdom of the two Sicilies. In the 15th century in the city of rule's family Calderas, on the initiative of which the city was built the castle and numerous defensive towers, preserved to our days, Torre Bassano Piazza Rossetti, Torre Diomedes in the town of Vico del Passero Store, Torre diamante, Piazza Verdi and Port of Catena.

Today, Vasto is especially famous for its beautiful churches you can admire the Cathedral of San Giuseppe, the churches of Santa Maria Maggiore, Sant'antonio, San Francesco di Paola and Santa Maria dal Carmine. Among them stands out the Church of Sant Antonio - the well-preserved stucco of the Baroque era of luxury. Besides the fact that the churches are beautiful and deserve attention by themselves, they still can meet the real works of art.

Besides the churches in Vasto deserve the attention of the aforementioned castle and two aristocratic Palazzo which was particularly emphasized by the and Palazzo d'avalos. In the last building now houses the city Museum.