Molise - Travel Guide and Tourism Information for Molise, Italy

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Molise, Italy

Provinces: Campobasso, Isernia

A region of hills and mountains, facing the Adriatic Sea, north of the Gargano promontory. Among the southern regions, it is one of the richest in waterways.


The origins of this town go back to the Samnite period, when the place was chosen for greater military control of the territory. As regional capital of Molise, Campobasso preserves a lovely historic centre with typical medieval features dating back to the period of the powerful Monforte family.Visit the Monforte Castle and the Romanesque churches of San Bartolomeo and San Giorgino. Sights worth seeing include the Samnite Museum and the Fair of the Mysteries. The church of Sant Antonino Abate houses the collection of carvings and wooden sculptures of sixteenth-century masters of Molise. About fifteen kilometers from the city, rises the Romanesque Santa Maria della Strada, with the fifteenth-century Gothic sepulchre.


The second city of Molise has a beautiful Cathedral and an interesting 14th century fountain, Fontana della Fraterna. The Civic Museum holds Samnitic epigraphs and sculptures.

Termoli: the most important town of the province of Campobasso, visit the ancient walls constructed by Emperor Frederick and the massive sixteenth-century castle that looms over the sea. And everywhere in Molise, nature seems to keep watch over history, preserving memories. As in the esplanade at Sepino, whose archaeological zone testifies to the ancient Roman colony, and in the vicinity of Pietrabbondante, where another interesting archaeological site recalls the remote existence of the Sannites, an ancient Italic people which dared to challenge and fight the power of Rome.

Matese mountain range: offers nature lovers hidden wonders. The unspoiled beauty of the WWF Nature Reserve in Guardiaregia offers caves in the heart of the mountain ideal for excursions.

Molise stands out in the history of the Italian art, thanks to the cycle of ninth-century frescoes of the crypt of San Lorenzo in San Vincenzo al Volturno. This cycle represents, for style and age, a unique event of noteworthy value.

In Pastena, tourists can admire the monumental Sanctuary of the Addolorata of Castelpetroso, surrounded by a thick forest.

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