WHAT TO SEE MOLISE

Campobasso, the region’s capital, is a Medieval town dominated by the imposing Castello Monforte. The Provincial Samnite Museum is particularly interesting, displaying evidences and precious vestiges of the peoples that lived in this territory from proto-history to the Samnite period.

The other province capital, the historic town of Isernia, has a 13th-Century fountain and an ancient prehistoric site just outside the town area.

There are also two towns that still boasts valuable artisanal activities: Agnone is specializing in maufacturing bells for the world’s most important churches, while Scapoli is famous for bagpipes, with a museum entirely devoted to this ancient musical instrument.

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The archeological sites of the region are also very important and offer the possibility of a time travel through art and architecture. The Samnite town of Pietrabbondante boasts Preroman remains and a beautiful theatre, Sepino offers the ruins of Roman buildings, while Larino combines valuable Roman remains with a magnificent Gothic-style Cathedral.

Another town that worth a visit is Termoli, a tourist resort and port, with its stately Swabian Castle and the Romanesque Cathedral.

Venafro awaits you with its Pandone Castle, the Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral, and Roman and pre-Roman archaeological discoveries!

Castles, abbays and sanctuaries dots all Molise, such as the castle of Pescolanciano, the Benedectine Abbey at San Vincenzo al Volturno, the Sanctuary of the Addolorata, Castelpetroso, the Sanctuary of Canneto in Roccavivara, the Church of St. George in Petrella Tifernina and the Church of Santa Maria della Strada in Matrice.

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Just as worth visiting are the tratturi, grassy trails treaded by livestock herders and their animals during the periods of transhumance. Today they serve as an amazing testimony to peasant and shepherd life.

If you are a sport lovers don’t miss Campitello Matese, the snowiest ski resort in central-southern Italy.

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