In "Costa dei Trabocchi", which takes its name from typical fishing facilities scattered along Adriatic, and known as "Athens of Abruzzi", the city of Vasto has very ancient origins, dating back to Frentani people, who 12th century BC founded Histonium, important maritime village. Historic center of Vasto is represented by Caldoresco Castle, Cathedral on Corso Diomede (XIII century) and Palazzo d'Avalos, which houses the complex of Civic Museums (Archaeological Museum, Costume Museum and Art Gallery). Among the buildings in the center, visit Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (eleventh century), the many palaces from the fifteenth to the twentieth century and Civic Library "Gabriele Rossetti", birthplace of the man of letters and home of Rossettiani Study Center. The main tourist attraction is the sea and naturalistic area: in 2017 Vasto obtained the 15th consecutive "Blue Flag of Europe". Along the seafront, some kilometers of "Ciclovia Adriatica" cycle path in operation. Vasto boasts a variety of backdrops and beaches that make it unique along Adriatic coast, set in Gulf of Vasto, bordered by the mouth of Trigno and imposing statue "La Bagnante" (also known as "Sirenetta di Vasto"). Punta Aderci Nature Reserve includes the beaches of Punta Penna, Libertini, Punta Aderci and Mottagrossa. Every summer, at the height of the tourist season, historical re-enactment takes place that brings to life the splendor of Casa d'Avalos, feudal lords of Vasto: 250 figures wearing specially made costumes for the occasion that follow 18th-century fashion. Typical dishes not to be missed, Brodetto alla Vastese (local fish broth) and Ventricina del Vastese (typical meat of the area).