San Vito Chietino
The first mention of San Vito Chietino village appears at the time of the Roman Republic and the “Frentana” age with mentions of a harbor built close to the river Feltrino.
Romans was initially using the harbor to manage their maritime commercial traffic with the Orient Empire, but later on the day they have reconsidered the location transforming the village in an important and strategic refuge for their ships.
Time went on and the port was gradually abandoned whilst the life of the little village moved inland into a fortified village, which for the sake of the security was provided with a castle, which ruins can still be seen today once in town. Documents found reports the castle to be under the control of San Giovanni in Venere monks.
Located on a rocky hill that stretches down to the sea, once in San Vito there are many different viewpoints that can offer a 180° degree view of the Adriatic sea.
The village borders stretch up to include the little hamlet of Sant’Apollinare, one of the nicest rural areas of the Chieti province.
San Vito Chietino is also known as “The Land of the broom”, a nickname given by the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio who lived here with his mistress Elvira Leoni in a hermitage not too much far away from the D’Annunzio viewpoint (both are on the SS16).
Sightseeing & escursions
- The main church with the facade dated back to the XVI century
- Church of St. Maria del Porto (XIV century)
- Church of St. Rocco and Madonna delle Grazie in Santa Apollinare hamlet
- Hermitage D’Annunziano
You can read more information about San Vito on the municipality official web site. Web site is in Italian only.
We thought to make your life easier, and we have provided the itinerary from our Villa straight to San Vito Chietino.