Sunday, October 9, 2011

Termoli in Molise: A Short Overview

Termoli, a well known tourist resort on the coast of Molise, is an industrialized city that continues to grow. At the same time it preserves many elements from the past, an important witness to a historical reality of great prestige. The town has numerous treasures belonging to an ancient past as the imposing Cathedral, the ancient village, dating from the Twelfth century and showcasing a Romanesque-Apulian style, and the Swabian castle of Frederick II.

The watchtowers along the beach, recalling the ancient Saracen invasions were reconstructed according to their original design and this is now a typical meeting point to taste the delicious local seafood dishes.

The ancient heart of the city is perched atop a cliff that falls steeply into the sea. The original name of the ancient center is exactly Old Village (Borgo Vecchio). It looks like a lovely walled citadel, made up of squares and streets. Among them is the most emblematic Vico Il Castello, one of the narrowest city alleys in Europe.

The Castle is conventionally defined as Swabian, probably due to a restructuring dating from 1247, ordered by Frederick II. The linearity of the structure and its defensive characteristics suggest that it was built in Norman times (XI century) at the site where there was a tower of the Lombard period. Since 1885, the Castle of Termoli was included among the national monuments and elected as a regional history museum.

At the center of town stands the Cathedral, built in Romanesque-Pugliese style over ancient ruins of a Roman temple, whose foundations date back probably to the Sixth century. Inside are the relics of St. Timothy and St. Basso, patron of the city. The cathedral is also renowned for its splendid mosaics.

A splendid feature is the wide view over the port offered by the broadwalk at whose side stands the Torretta.

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