HISTONIUM, THE SUBMERGED PORT OF VASTO
Histonium, the submerged port of Vasto
More or less dating back to around 2000 years ago, Histonium is the submerged port which is located adjacent to the waters of Vasto. It is an important Roman archaeological site dating back to around 300 BC. The remains are a representation of the Roman architectural style of that era. This site can be visited by divers easily as it is located about 150 meters from the shoreline and extends for about 600-700 meters between north and south.
This is a good opportunity to dive on a seabed with clear and clean water but above all you can admire the remains left by our ancestors. These submerged ruins present cement works, brickwork, gratings, apses, niches, columns and much more, an example of creativity and ingenuity in construction.
The remains of the ancient Vasto have to be discovered
Most likely Histonium or rather the port, was the ancient Vasto, which over the centuries then evolved and not only due to environmental causes. Like many other Roman settlements along the Italian coasts, that of Vasto has undergone a mutually morphological development of the territory, bringing the ancient city under the sea.
However, this is a dive not very demanding but very suggestive, these remains can also be seen on the water with a mask and fins. Many, in fact, are the visitors who go to discover the site by snorkelling. You certainly do not have an overall view on the seabed, but this can also be a nice experience.
The beauty and history of the italian sea
Vasto as well as Baia, Bacoli and other sites of ancient submerged Rome, represent real historical pearls to admire fortunately still under water. Vasto is not the largest site, but it is certainly one of the most important in Italy, which with the occasion is definitely worth putting on the fins to take a peek.
Here, perhaps passing by being on the sea, you can also take a break this summer to enjoy this site and the splendid sea of Vasto!