Lively, picturesque, tourist and industrial town, San Salvo lies on a large hill of the southern coast of Abruzzo, bordering Molise, three km far from the shores of the Adriatic sea. In the last few decades there has been a remarkable development of San Salvo Marina, which almost joins Vasto Marina to the north, with many tourist facilities along the seafront.
Once it was believed that the center rose in the late 11th century around a Benedictine monastery that was destroyed in later centuries. However, in the area called Bufalara a bronze inscription was found dated 384 AD and very recently while excavating to restore the "Vecchia Fontana", Roman ruins were found. This is important for the history of the place, which was believed to have risen in the Middle Ages. around a Benedictine monastery. The Benedictines settled in this territory in the second half of the 8th century after the longobard invasion of the Monastery of Montecassino.
San Salvo began its social and economic revival after the discovery of methane deposits: this energy resource allowed to improve a degrading economy and to stop an encreasing emigration. New industries settled in the area, immigrants arrived from the hinterland, from the different Communes of the Region, and also from the South and North of Italy.