Despite its touristy trattorias and brassy bars, Molise's top beach resort retains a winning, low-key charm. At the eastern end of the seafront, the pretty borgo antico (old town) juts out to sea atop a natural pier, dividing the sandy beach from Termoli's small harbour. From the port, year-round ferries sail for the Isole Tremiti.
The town's most famous landmark, Frederick II's 13th-century Castello Svevo guards entry to the tiny borgo – a tangle of narrow streets, pastel-coloured houses and souvenir shops. From the castle, follow the road up and you come to Piazza Duomo and Termoli's majestic 12th-century cathedral. A masterpiece of Puglian-Romanesque architecture, the cream-coloured facade features a striking round-arched central portal.