Our journey begins in Termoli, the best known of the towns located on Molise's small stretch of coast. Equipped with an impressive range of tourist facilities, in the summer Termoli is an extremely popular bathing resort, as well as being the departure point for ferries and hydrofoils heading to the nearby Tremiti islands. The wonderfully clean waters which lap its beaches have ensured Termoli continues to be awarded the European Blue Flag, year after year. Termoli is not just a fabulous sea resort, the town also boasts a stunning historic center, built on a promontory jutting out in to the sea. Access to the old town is guarded over by a tower - all that remains of the 11th century castle built by Robert I of Loritello - now symbol of Termoli.

Continuing along the Adriatic coast, after just a few kilometers, we come to the hilltop town of Vasto. This well conserved town is home to elegant palazzi, robust medieval towers, and charming 15th century churches. One of Vasto's most important edifices is the town's Caldoresco Castle, built right on the summit of the hill, from where it enjoys a commanding view over the coast and the seaside resort of Vasto Marina .

It is from Vasto that the celebrated Costa dei Trabocchi commences, a stretch of coast which continues all the way to Francavilla al Mare, via S.Vito Chetino and Ortona. The 'trabocchi', famous for their curious, crab-like appearance, first appeared on this stretch of coast in the distant 15th century. These platforms, equipped with rudimentary system of poles and pulleys with which to lower and raise the nets, were designed so as to allow fishermen to avoid sailing in unfavourable weather conditions. From the nearby hillside, a breathtaking view over this part of the Italian coastline can be seen. Great part of the appeal of Abruzzo lies in the proximity of the region's sea to its hills and mountains, further facilitated by an excellent road network.

The brief detour inland to Lanciano, also known as 'town of fairs', is well worth it, so as to admire the beautifully conserved edifices within this ancient town's historic center. An important destination of pilgrimage since the middle ages, Lanciano boasts a great number of houses of worship - the most important of which being the Church of S.Francesco, where the relics of the Eucharistic Miracle are conserved. During the month of September, a series of festivals animate the streets and piazzas of Lanciano, attracting tourists from far and wide.

Returning to the coastal road, we travel beyond Pescara so as to reach Spoltore, a charming little town, just 8kms from the 'City of D'Annunzio'. The historic center, wonderfully preserved largely thanks to recent policies of restoration and conservation, is home to a surprising quantity of elegant edifices, one of the most noteworthy being the magnificent Palazzo De Cesaris. The central Piazza d'Albenzio, built in glorious baroque style, is the heart of the town's social life where, during the summer, numerous artistic and historically inspired events are held. In the highest part of Lanciano the remains of the town's old castle can be seen.