‘You won’t find this on Capri’: Italy’s Tremiti Islands

This tiny archipelago off Puglia was once a penal colony, but today its clear waters, coves and quiet lanes offer a blissful escape

The ferry from Termoli noses its way towards two petite islands, slipping into a serene Adriatic inlet. To the left, San Domino’s low limestone cliffs rise, crowned by Aleppo pines. To the right, the Abbazia di Santa Maria a Mare, an 11th-century abbey built by Benedictine monks, dominates the skyline of San Nicola. Fishing boats crowd the waters between.

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