Although Italy's almost landlocked Molise region has only a tiny section of coast, each and every one of its 35 kms of shoreline is home to quite magnificent sandy white beaches. We start our journey at Petacciato Marina, and the Torre Ramitelli, where to admire one of the symbols of this coastline: the "trabucchi". These unique constructions, suspended above the water, are none other than a series of wooden platforms to the ends of which nets were attached: an ancient practice which allowed the local fishermen to avoid setting sail and to remain on dry land.

We proceed towards Termoli, proud recipient of the European Blue Flag for its wonderfully clean beaches. Despite the area's significant commercial and industrial development, the charm of bays such as that of Sant Antonio and Rio Vivo, has remained intact. This is where the 15° Meridian East and the 42° North parallel intersect, and where official Italian mean time is calculated. Another characteristic feature to be seen on the coast of Molise is that of the Block Towers, once vital coastal defences used to ward off attack by the Saracens. Termoli's watch tower, known as the "Torretta di Belvedere", together with the picturesque old town are of certain interest. In the historic center of the town we find the alleyway which the locals consider to be the "narrowest in the whole of Italy". Termoli is home to the magnificent Svevo Castle'', the perimeter walls of which embrace the whole of the historic center. The Cathedral, overlooking Piazza Duomo, is situated in the highest part of the town. That which is today considered to be Termoli's most fashionable district, was built by the Bourbon King Ferdinand II. From the port of Termoli, boats depart for the nearby Tremiti islands: a group of stunningly beautiful islands, which lies just 25 sea miles from the coast of Molise'''.

Lake Guardalfiera, is an immense basin of water resulting from the construction of a dam. Guardalfiera itself is a town built predominantly in grey stone and surrounded by thick woods. These places inspired Francesco Jovine to write his novel "La Signora Ava". Whilst in the vicinity, a trip to Casacalenda is an absolute must, if only for the stunning view to be seen from the Valle del Cigno. Needless to say, Palazzo Ducale, the Hermitage of Sant' Onofrio, and the Museum di Bafù, this latter dedicated to the musical instrument traditionally played in the area, are all more than worthy of visit. At Bosco Casale there is an important nature reserve, much loved by birdwatchers.

Travelling onwards, we reach the town of Larino, famous for its Roman Amphitheatre, dating back to the 1st century. Other sites to be seen are the Liberty style Villa Zappone and, in the historic center, the Palazzo Ducale and the 14th century Cathedral. Just a few kilometers from Larino, lies the age old village of Santa Croce Magliana where, each Sunday, an important crafts fair is held.

The nearby Lake of Occhito, is an impressive artificial lake created by the interruption of the Fortore river. This is another excellent site where to enjoy a spot of bird watching. Travelling in a north-easterly direction from Larino we come to San Martino in Pensilis and Portacannone: towns known for their excellent wines and a highly prized olive oil.