Molise is the youngest region in Italy: it was born bureaucratically in 1963. But its history, the history of its places, its cities and its monuments is ancient and millenary and certainly deserves to be known and appreciated. We therefore advise you to follow us: we will lead you by the hand to a land full of charm and mystery, where the spirit of Nature has expertly merged with the creative action of History.
1 - Termoli: the pearl of the Adriatic Sea
Your trip to Molise begins with a splendid seaside resort: Termoli. Several times decorated with the prestigious recognition of the Blue Flag, the town offers its visitors tourist and hotel equipment of renowned quality and a port that connects it directly to the splendid Tremiti Islands. But Termoli also offers beauties of a historical-artistic nature: in fact, its ancient village is not to be missed, where the tower of the majestic Swabian Castle stands out triumphant, a true icon of the city.
2 - The Montedimezzo Reserve: in direct contact with nature
Molise also offers spectacular natural landscapes: among these, the Montedimezzo Reserve, the undisputed queen of the Molise Apennines, is certainly not to be missed. The Reserve is entirely covered with woods and stands out at a height of between 900 and 1300 meters. Here you can admire "the precious miracles" of flora such as the major ash, the hazel and the cherry tree and of the fauna, such as hares, wild boars, badgers, roe deer and martens. These splendid pearls of nature have earned the Montedimezzo Reserve inclusion in the prestigious Unesco Mab program.
3 - Campitello Matese: at the foot of Monte Miletto
Among the most popular destinations of the ideal tour in Molise, there is Campitello Matese, small town majestically lying on the slopes of Monte Miletto, in the Molisano Apennines. Campitello is renowned for its numerous and prestigious ski resorts which make it particularly sought after during the winter. But the town of Molise also offers significant points of interest for nature lovers, with its pristine woods to cross in religious silence.
4 - Campomarino: a thousand-year history
Campomarino is one of the richest places in history in the Molise region. In fact, its origins are rooted in the eighteenth century BC. as evidenced by some archaeological remains. Several times devastated by terrible barbarian invasions, Campomarino was later an important bulwark of the Norman and Lombard populations. Today the town is very renowned for the beauty of its well-equipped beaches and for its splendid tree-lined avenue, dominated by centuries-old pine trees.
5 - Campobasso: the queen of Molise
Obviously, your trip to Molise cannot be separated from a thorough visit to the regional capital, Campobasso. The city, built at 700 m above sea level, offers picturesque landscapes and views and numerous important monuments. Do not miss the Monforte Castle which dominates with its size the whole Molise city, the suggestive Romanesque church of San Bartolomeo, and the characteristic Museum of the Nativity scene, an interesting testimony of the ancient artisan tradition.
6 - Isernia: indomitable and indestructible
Isernia is among the most important cities of the small and precious region: an ancient stronghold of the Samnites, the city has been able to resist the various disasters that it has had to suffer during its millennial history. Plundered and vandalized by the Saracens in the Middle Ages, severely bombed during the Second World War, the city fortunately managed to retain part of its original core. We can still admire, in fact, the Fraternal Fountain erected in honor of Celestino V and the beautiful Cathedral, remodeled several times, where the Byzantine icon of the Madonna of the light dominates.
7 - Along the Tratturi: in search of the ancient spirit of Molise
The stages that we have described so far, we advise you to reach them using perhaps unconventional and comfortable roads, but certainly of considerable historical-landscape interest. We refer to the characteristic "tratturi", the ancient paths in beaten grass that cross the Molise far and wide. Built already in pre-Roman times, the cattle tracks were "the theater of transhumance", or the regional transfer of cattle from the coast to the interior. Follow these ancient roads, and let some modern shepherd guide you in your search for "the ancient spirit of Molise".
8 - Pietrabbondante: an ancient bulwark of the Samnites
Another fundamental stop for lovers of Molise is Pietrabbondante, small town elegantly perched at the foot of Mount Caraceno, nestled between the "morge", a particular shape of rock, bare and pointed, typical of Upper Molise. The beauties of nature frame the remains of an ancient and glorious history: in fact in Pietrabbondante you can admire the ancient megalithic walls and archaeological remains, a temple and a theater, of the Samnite civilization.
9 - Castel San Vincenzo: between History and Nature
Among the unmissable places of your trip to Molise there is certainly Castel San Vincenzo, where History and Nature lovingly shake hands. In fact, Castel San Vincenzo, on the one hand, offers the visitor the picturesque beauty of its medieval village and the remains of the ancient Benedictine abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno; and on the other hand, he offers him the splendid natural spectacle of his lake, where you can feel the "breath of the Gods" deeply.
10 - The sanctuary of Castelpetroso: in search of divine light
The last stop on your trip to Molise is the sanctuary of Castelpetroso, in the province of Isernia. Here, in 1888, the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary to two shepherd children forever marked the history of the small village. It was then decided to build the imposing neo-Gothic sanctuary which we can admire today in all its imposing beauty, to allow the faithful and pilgrims to pay the due homage to the holy place. Follow the light of faith, then, go down to the next one ...
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