Molise is the second smallest region of Italy located in south-central part of the country. It lies between the Apennine range and the Adriatic Sea. The region has a total area of 4,438 square kilometers and a population of about 330,000. The capital of Molise is Campobasso with its tangled historic streets and the fifteenth-century Monforte castle.
The region is mainly overlooked by tourists but if you have decided to visit Molise you will be surprised of its nature, history, art, age-old traditions and good food. There is also the National Park which reveals unexpected and magnificent landscapes while the many nature reserves protect the vegetable and animal species representative of this area. The region also offers the two most important ski resorts in the region which include Campitello Matese and Capracotta.
Molise’s archaeological sites carry great significance. These include the Samnite town of Pietrabbondante with its beautiful theatre, Sepino with the ruins of Roman buildings, and Larino, which combines valuable Roman remains with a magnificent example of medieval art – the Roman and Gothic-style Cathedral. Some other major towns are Termoli, a tourist resort and port, with amazing Swabian Castle and the Romanesque Cathedral, and Venafro, with its Pandone Castle, the Romanesque and Gothic Cathedral, and Roman and pre-Roman archaeological discoveries.
The region boasts numerous castles, abbeys and sanctuaries, including the Benedictine Abbey, the Sanctuary of the Addolorata and many others. There are splendid examples of Romanesque architecture including the Church of St. George and the Church of Santa Maria della Strada.
Molise is a perfect place to relax, play sport and go on excursions and hiking due to its Apennines peaks, coastal area and spectacular nature. Nature lovers can go hiking or trekking in several protected areas. The region offers you quiet holidays on the coast, sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and modern facilities.
Location: South-central part of Italy
Capital of the region: Campobasso
Sights: La processione dei misteri, Area Archeologica di Saepinum, World War Museum
Cuisine: You should try: zuppa di ortiche, Pezatta, Abbuoti, Sopressata, Ventricina
Hotels: Fonte del Benessere Resort, Hotel Miletto & Plus, Residenza Sveva
Shopping: There are excellent craft products in the region made by artisans proud of their manual work. Copper, wrought iron and the centuries-old tradition of drilled steel are worth of attention in the region.