Termoli lies on the Adriatic coast of Italy, in the province of Campobasso. It has a population of around 32,000, having expanded quickly after World War II, and it is a local resort town known for its beaches and old fortifications. Once it was known only as a fishing port, but in the new millennium it is a favourite resort for Italian families.
Historical old town. The old town has been well restored. It is a genuine walled community jutting out into the sea. Many of the houses have been re-built and painted in a range of pastel colours. In a central square there is the Cathedral (12th-13th century), entitled to St. Mary of the Purification: it is a noteworthy example of Apulian Romanesque architecture which houses the relics of the two city’s patrons, Bassus and Timoteus. The Castle is the most pre-eminent structure in Termoli: erected by count Robert I of Loritello during the Norman domination (11th century), it was largely renovated during the rule of Frederick II (1240), after the damage created by an attack of the Venetian fleet. The Castle was part of a wider fortification system, including a wall surrounding the entire city, of which only a tower can still be seen.
Termoli’s resorts are renowned for the quality of its beaches and the relative purity of its waters. Palm trees have been planted along the seaside walkway and, in the summer, the many restaurants are crowded with visitors.
Also look out for the Trebuchet of Termoli.
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