For centuries mainly a fishing port, in the 1950's a Fiat automobile factory started a very rapid industrial development, and there is also a university for Tourism.
Termoli, Province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy
Another etymology derives the name from "thermae", which suggests there might have been Roman spas in the area, which however have not been found so far. With the fall of the Roman empire then most probably the population took refuge on the promontory where today the old Termoli rises, and in Lombard times was included in the Duchy of Benevento, and later on in that of Spoleto.
In the early 13th century the feudal lord was Duke Bartolomeo di Capua, followed by the son of king Robert of Anjou. In the 15th century the fiefdom passed to Carlo di Gambatesa, who was followed by the Di Capua-D'Altavilla family, who kept the title until 1806. For centuries Termoli often attacked by Saracens pirates and by the Venetians.
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