San Vito Chietino, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Located in a beautiful panoramic position, offers stunning views of the sea and surrounding mountains. The old town is very interesting, with ancient buildings and decorative motifs from different eras. In 1864, with the construction of the Adriatic railway, the village of Marina di S. Vito developed along the coast and is now a lively tourist resort.
Altitude: 122 m a.s.l -- Distance from Chieti: 44 km -- Population: ca. 5300 inhabitants in 2010 -- Zip code: 66038 -- Phone Area Code: 0872 -- Frazioni: Anticaglia, Balsamate, Bufara, Castellana, Cese, Cintioni, Colle Capuano, Foresta, Mancini, Melogranato, Murata Alta, Murata Bassa, Paolini, Passo Tucci, Pontoni, Portelle, Quercia del Corvo, Rapanice, Renazzo, San Fino, San Rocco Vecchio, Sant'Apollinare, Sciutico, Strutte, Valle Ienno, Vicende -- How to reach it: motorway: A14 exit Lanciano - road: SS 16 Adriatica
According to historians, already in the Roman imperial period there was on the site an ancient port, still in operation in the 10th century AD. In the same century the Church of St. Vito Martire was mentioned, while in the 12th century Sanctum Vitum is recorded in the jurisdiction of San Giovanni in Venere. Destroyed at the end of the 14th century by the Earl of Manoppello, it passed later to the monks of the city of Lanciano.
Points of Interest
- Church of St. Vito, situated on a top of a flight of steps, with a late 16th-century façade and inside an interesting silver cross of the 16th century
- The trabocchi, along the coast to Vasto, traditional fishing cabins made of beams and planks of wood, which poet Gabriele D'Annunzio compared to huge "spiders".
- The fascinating Eremo (=hermitage), residence of Gabriele D'Annunzio, located in the hamlet of Portelle, surrounded by olive and orange trees, in front of a beautiful trabocco; in this residence the poet wrote his famous Trionfo della morte.
Events & Festivities
- May 8: Feast of Madonna del Porto (= Our Lady of the Harbour), with the traditional parade of boats
- July: Festival of "zuccotto" (a cake made with sponge cake, alchermes liquor, hazelnut and trifle ice cream)
- August: Festival of fried fish