Italy’s Adriatic Coast is flecked with stunning seaside villages like historic Termoli in the unspoilt Molise region. Thankfully many of the coastal towns here are overlooked for more popular destinations like the Amalfi Coast. But places like Termoli are unique; beautiful as they are, they are still not over run with tourists, cruise liners and the general comings and goings of tourists marching across Italy year round. Once a sleepy fishing village, Termoli has over the years become a finely kept secret by Italians, who come here for the area’s clean beaches and to explore the old town’s fortifications. The old town of Termoli is especially fascinating; in recent years many of the cathedrals and 12th and 13th century stone buildings have been restored. It’s Romanesque architecture is simply incredible; like its gorgeous Termoli Cathedral the town’s imposing and tiered castle.

But architecture isn’t Termoli’s sole strength. The town has a rollicking port life where fishing and food are at the core of local living. One of the area’s most distinguishing features are its trabucchi, which are elaborate wooden fishing structures that jut out into the sea and lend this coastal Italian region its further magical and dreamy characteristics. Culinary traditions are seafood based, and the local restaurants and cooking schools are blessed with a daily glut of fresh clams and shrimp, and other bounties from the Adriatic. Epitourean is privileged to have forged excellent relationships with the town’s fishmongers, hoteliers and generally speaking, many locals, that have opened doors for our clients to experience this endlessly surprising culture from its culinary riches to its ancient monuments. We take clients to the local fish market and to a local trabucco where they see and participate first hand in the day to day activities of this astounding region of Italy.


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Rocky Casale