We arrived late on a Thursday night and checked the forecast for the next few days. The one day that looked good was the following day, the rest were forecast to have heavy showers. We decided that on Friday we would visit Vasto and the Costa dei Trabocchi, as Laura had not visited this part of Abruzzo before.
On arriving at Vasto the following morning, bathed in glorious sunshine, we were very pleased with ourselves. Laura because she drove there and me, because I navigated and we managed to avoid tolls and parking fees.
Vasto's promenade was the busiest I have ever seen it. We found out later that it was a National Holiday in Italy. Everybody was out on their passeggiata, although normally this takes place in the evenings when the weather is cooler.
After a wander, it was already lunchtime, so we found a restaurant on the seafront where we grabbed the last available table. If a restaurant is busy with locals then you know the food will be good, in general.
|Seafood restaurant at Vasto seafront|
Now, I love seafood, but I ordered a frutti di mare misti (mixed seafood salad) and I got a plate of octopus. The lollo rosso was there....but seriously, the octopus.....basta! (enough!). Laura (whilst not so secretly relieved she didn't order this) had chosen carpaccio di pesce spada (swordfish carpaccio). I tried it and it was divine! Even with Laura having some of my octopus, there was still half a plate left when the waiter took it away. Octopus is one of those things where I want a couple of bits and then I've had enough, even when cooked well, I find it chewy and I'm quickly over it.
|My scary salad, (at the top) Laura's lovely carpaccio|
Thankfully, we had ordered the same main, calamari. The calamari put the smile back on my face. Cooked to perfection in a light as air, melt in the mouth batter. We both agreed that we could have eaten another plate. It was so nice that I gobbled it up and forgot to take a photo of it! This lunch cost us €13 each. I don't think I will ever order a mixed seafood salad again because I am quite frankly frightened that I will end up with a load of octopus.
We meandered back in the afternoon sun to our car and drove up the hill into the historical centre of Vasto. After a stroll around the pretty town, we found a nice cafe overlooking the coastline and had a coffee (always served with a glass of water here), for €1 each. The town was almost deserted as most people were on the seafront.
|Beautiful town of Vasto, Abruzzo, Italy|
On the way home, we followed the coastal route before turning back toward the mountains, so that Laura could see the trabocchi (fishing huts).
|I took this photo from the car as were driving along the coast!|
After a lovely first day, we headed back home to the mountains, where we chilled out with a bottle of Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, some fresh mozzarella and bread, and watched the Season 1 boxset of Nashville. Bliss!