San Vito Chietino (122 m a.s.l.) is a small tourist center in the Abruzzo province of Chieti, spread over a gentle hill extended on the sea in the heart of the 'Costa dei Trabocchi', the stretch of Adriatic coast characterized by the widespread presence of Trabocchi - ancient fishing machines hoisted on stilts. The territory has strong agricultural vocation; soils has good water permeability capacity and clayey character on the hillside, calcareous-sandy character in the marine area. The climate is rather mild (average annual temperature 14.5°C) and is influenced by the proximity of the sea: the winter rigor is mitigated, the summer heat is attenuated by the cool sea breeze.
On the top of the village, from Belvedere Guglielmo Marconi you can admire the spectacle of a 360 ° view: the sea on East, the mountain profiles of the Majella and, further away, the Gran Sasso on West. Sunsets from the Belvedere Mare and Monti and the elegant Church of the Immacolata Concezione worth a visit. In 1889 the poet and writer Gabriele D'Annunzio lived in San Vito with Barbara Leoni (his beloved) in a rural house known today as Eremo Dannunziano, located near a promontory with an enchanting panoramic view (Promontorio Dannunziano). In the book 'The Triumph Of Death' there are numerous descriptive references to the 'town of gorse bushes' (as he refers to, for the scattered presence of these shrubs with yellow holes); the Trabocco Turchino was significantly inspiring for him.
Marina di San Vito is more purely touristic and is characterized by flourishing shops and bathouses. From the Lungomare di Gualdo extended towards the sea there is the Pier of San Vito, an ancient commercial port destination today for panoramic walks to admire the hill on which San Vito stands and the wide sea horizon. From San Vito you can easily reach wonderful places of interest: the Aragonese Castle (Ortona), the enchanting San Giovanni in Venere Abbey (Fossacesia), the Eucharistic Miracle and the ancient districts of the city of Lanciano, rich in Medieval traditions and Vasto with nice old town area (Palazzo d'Avalos) and the wonderful Punta Aderci Natural Reserve. Driving about one hour, you can discover the stunning landscapes and mountain villages of Majella (province of Chieti) and of the Gran Sasso (province of L'Aquila).