Day #3 – Old Port Fish Market + Cooking Class + Larino Roman Amphitheater
After breakfast we are off to Termoli to visit the Old Port buy fish that will be used in our cooking class. At 11:ooam we’ll take our fresh fish to the day’s Cooking Class.
After Lunch we will take a short drive to Larino, a city of approximately 8,100 inhabitants. The city of Larino has been continuously inhabited for millennia. Originally settled by the Samnite and Frentani tribes of Southern Italy, the city came under the control of the Oscan civilization. In 217 BC, the Romans defeated Hannibal here, and it was later incorporated into the Roman Empire.
We will visit the Roman Amphitheater with a dedicated guide. The elliptical amphitheater was built in the 1st century AD by a prominent citizen of Larino who had made his fortune in far away Rome. The arena could comfortably seat 12,000 spectators.
After we’ll head over to Palazzo Zappone which was probably originally built as a Norman castle. The palace is now repainted as it would have looked decades ago. The structure has three distinct facades. One distinctly shows the physical structure of the original castle. The second has a renaissance feel and housed the rulers of the town. The third is a large brick neoclassical structure which was adjoined to the castle in the 19th century.
The day will also include a visit to the Civic Museum and Larino’s Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the finest in Italy.
Then off for some Olive Oil & Wine Tasting. The Olive Oil tasting will take place at Paarco dei Buoi Larino before we head to Cantina Tenimenti Grieco whose grapes come from fields overlooking the Adriatic coast at altitudes above 150 meters. Here we will enjoy wine tasting and a visit the wine cellar
That evening we’ll meet for an Aperitivo followed by Dinner.