Molise is one of the many regions of Italy that hide wonderful places that seem straight out of a postcard: one of these is Termoli. Rich in history and events, Termoli overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is one of the most inhabited cities in the whole region. Let's find out what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Termoli.
- 10 things to see in Termoli in a weekend
- What to see in Termoli in one day: recommended itinerary
- Where to eat in Termoli: the best restaurants
- What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Termoli
- Plan your stay in Termoli: info and useful tips
- User questions and comments
10 things to see in Termoli in a weekend
1 - The Ancient Village
It is one of the most important and characteristic places in the city. Formed by an infinite number of streets that intersect in a checkerboard pattern, up to the Piazza del Duomo. Right between these alleys you will be able to see something more unique than rare: the rejecelle, a street so narrow that it can only allow passage if placed sideways.
- from the Bus Terminal in via Martiri della Resistenza you can reach the Borgo Antico only on foot. The route is 1,6km - Get directions
- always open
2 - Cathedral of Santa Maria della Purificazione
The heart of the Borgo Antico is its cathedral, located in Piazza del Duomo. Built in Romanesque style, presents itself to those who visit it with its majestic door, surrounded by 7 arches decorated with bas-reliefs. Inside it is possible to visit the crypt, with 3 apses, which today has become the place dedicated to preserving the relics of San Basso and Timoteo.
- the Duomo is located in the heart of the Borgo Antico. You can reach it in 20 minutes on foot from the Bus Terminal - Get directions
- every day from 7:30 to 15:30, from 16:00 to 18:30 in winter, from 16:00 to 20:00 in summer. Closed on Friday afternoon
3 - Trabucchi
On the sea it is possible to visit the trabucchi, ancient fishing machines built in wood, which use the same principle as the stilts. The structure is formed by a palisade stuck between the rocks, which ends with a walkway that connects it to the mainland. A rectangular net is supported along the length of the structure, which is lowered into the water with a winch.
- are visible all along the coast of the ancient village - Get directions
- always accessible
4 - Swabian Castle
Perhaps one of the most famous buildings in all of Termoli, the Swabian Castle is located a short way from the Borgo Antico, between the city and the sea. Built in the th century, during the Norman domination, was built exclusively with sandstone and limestone. Its structure is composed of a nucleus, which includes the 4 turrets still visible today, and an elevated central tower, which today it has become the meteorological station of the military air force.
- from the train station take corso Nazionale for about 1 km - Get directions
- on request
5 - Torre del Sinarca
Always close to the sea is this watchtower, located in the immediate vicinity of the Sinarca stream, from which it takes its name. Also called Saracen Tower, this construction is characterized by its pyramidal shape with a square base, with a top decorated with battlements built during the Carolingian period. Today the tower can only be visited from the outside, unless you want to eat inside: in fact there is a restaurant inside.
- from Pescara and Vasto you can arrive via the A14 and following the Montenero di Bisaccia exit, towards the SS16. The route is 98 km from Pescara. The same route is done from Foggia, but in the opposite direction - Get directions
- always accessible from the outside
6 - Sant'Antonio beach
Sant'Antonio beach is perhaps the most famous coast in the whole area. Its beach located north of the city, deep and very fine stands out against the profile of the ancient village, and it is great for those who want to enjoy a bit of sea even in a day dedicated to history and this beautiful city. In addition to walking, you can also take advantage of the private beaches present, which from 5 pm onwards come alive with music and group dances.
- in 10 minutes walk from Termoli train station - Get directions
7 - Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Canneto
A stone's throw from the Trigno river, near the remains of a Roman villa dating back to the st century AD, is the church of Santa Maria del Canneto, beautiful church built in Romanesque style, with a bell tower that looks more like a tower to see it, and its interiors divided into 3 naves, supported by Romanesque columns. Of particular importance is the Lingnea statue of the Virgin with the child, visible inside.
- from the A1 take the S. Vittore exit, towards Iserna and Vasto San Sanvo. From the A14 and the Adriatica state road, exit at Vasto sud, towards Isernia - Get directions
- always accessible
8 - Larino and the Amphitheater
A short way from Termoli is Larino, the seat of the ancientRoman amphitheater built between 80 and 150 AD. Inside there could be up to 18.000 spectators, sitting on its stairways made of tuff. Like any amphitheater, the structure has an elliptical plan, interrupted by 4 doors each placed in correspondence with a cardinal point. Inside, a square pit is still visible, which most likely was to be used to raise cages with animals.
- with the railway line through the Campobasso-Termoli line. By car from the A14 exit at Termoli and follow Campobasso / Larino, proceed on the SS87 to the destination. From the A1 exit at Caianello and continue towards Venevento and then Campobasso - Get directions
- Mon-Sat from 8:30 to 13:30
9 - Guardialfiera Lake
This artificial lake, created following the construction of the dam on the Biferno river, is one of the most beautiful places in Termoli and its surroundings. The crystal clear waters of the lake, during dry periods, they show the remains of an ancient Roman bridge, known as the Hannibal Bridge, which according to history was the point where the leader marched with his troops to arrive in Puglia during the Second Punic War.
- from the Casacalenda-Guardialfiera station of the Campobasso-Termoli line. By car from the A14 you must follow the signs for Campobasso / Larina, continue on the SS647 and continue towards Guardialfiera - Get directions
- always accessible
10 - Petacciato Marina
Always talking about naturalistic oases, the area of Petacciato Marina could not be missed. Famous resort on the Adriatic coast, is the ideal place to take long walks on the beach or to shelter from the summer heat under the trees of its pine forest. Furthermore, its proximity to the city makes it a very convenient destination to reach, and also a little different from what the rest of Termoli offers.
- from Termoli take the SS16 northbound for 15 km. The same road can also be done coming from Pescara and Vasto - Get directions
- always open
What to see in Termoli in one day: recommended itinerary
Morning - Whether you arrive by bus, train or car, the reference point for the start of the day is the Termoli station, which is very close to the multi-storey car park in via Campania (cost € 0,60 per hour). After a hearty breakfast at the Central Bar, you can start the day by heading towards the old village, the heart of the city. Here are some of its most important attractions, such as the Cathedral of the city, that is the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Purificazione and the Castello Svevo, dating back to the Norman domination.
Afternoon - After having lunch at the Svevia Restaurant, dedicate the afternoon to the coast of Termoli, with his viale dei trebucchi, in which you can see these typical buildings dedicated to the world of fishing, and continuing northwards, the beach of Sant'Antonio, symbol of the summer of the city with its parties and music e the Sinarca Tower, an example of Saracen architecture which today has also become the seat of a restaurant (where we suggest you treat yourself to a tasty dinner).
One day itinerary at a glance
- Breakfast at Central Bar
- Borgo Antico - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Cathedral - opening hours: every day from 7:30 to 15:30, from 16:00 to 18:30 in winter, from 16:00 to 20:00 in summer - ticket price: free
- Lunch in Swabia
- Viale dei Trabucchi - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Sant'Antonio beach - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Torre del Sinarca - opening hours: always open - ticket price: free
- Dinner at Torre del Sinarca
Where to eat in Termoli: the best restaurants
- The Binario dei Sapori: suitable for fish lovers, freshly caught and cooked in a refined way
Average price per person: € 35,00
Address and contacts: via XXIV Maggio, 12 - Get directions / tel: 0875705645
- Frederick II: in retro style, with fish dishes prepared according to tradition
Average price per person: € 30,00
Address and contacts: via Duomo, 30 - Get directions / tel: 393 149 5740
- Restaurant by Nicolino: famous for its brodetto, it offers very generous portions that are enough for two
Average price per person: € 35,00
Address and contacts: via Roma, 13 - Get directions / tel: 0875 706804
What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Termoli
Nightlife in Termoli is very frequent, but not as you might think. People here frequently stroll along the waterfront after dinner, or indulge in a cocktail in one of the many pubs and clubs that come to life after midnight. Strangely there are no discos, but the reason is simple: in a place where summer is lived on the beach, the discotheque often becomes the coast itself, with evenings of music and events.
The best pubs, clubs and discos
- Project Pub: suitable for those who want an old-fashioned pub, with football matches, excellent sandwiches and desserts for all tastes.
Address: via Abruzzi, 5 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Brewery: industrial style, with a large selection of beers
Address: via del Lecci, 24 (Get directions) / Facebook page
- Victor Mixology Bar: famous for its cocktails, from midnight it offers lounge music selected directly by the DJ
Address: via IV novembre (Get directions) / Facebook page
Plan your stay in Termoli: info and useful tips
- by train from Bologna, Rome and Bari. You can also get here thanks to a dense network of buses that depart and arrive in Rome, Naples, Isernia, Ancora, Florence, Bologna, Milan, Turin, Foggia and Campobasso. Another possibility is to arrive by car along the A14 towards Pescara and exit at Termoli, or the SS 87 towards Campobasso, the A1 up to Caianello and then continue towards Campobasso, or the A24 towards Pescara and continue on the A14.
- Getting around: if you want to stay in the historic center, the best way is to move around on foot. To reduce the time it is also possible to use the bus service, which is very efficient and can also be used by the disabled
- Where to park: there are several car parks in which to leave your car, and they go from the most peripheral areas to the pier of the Tremiti Islands Hydrofoils. We suggest you stop at the multi-storey car park in via Campania, cost € 0,60 per hour (Get directions)
- Hotel and b & b starting from € 79,00 per room -
- What to see in the surroundings: among the various nearby areas there is the castle of Civitacampomarano, 45 km from Termoli, or the Ducal Palace of Battiloro. Also about 30 km from the city is the Abruzzo city of Vasto.