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Discussion in 'Molise' started by TuttoItaly, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. Molise is a region situated in Southern Italy. It is the second smallest region of the country, Aosta Valley being the one smaller. It's also Italy's newest region, officially recognized in 1970.

    Molise is split into two main provinces: Isernia and Campobasso, each visited by tourists every year for the beauty of the scenery, for the museums, the castles and numerous sports activities one can enjoy.

    Campobasso is a lovely province, famous for its monuments such as the Castello Manforte. Built on a hill, the castle offers visitors a magnificent view of the city and surroundings. Archaeological relics and burial grounds are also interesting places you can visit, as Campobasso preserved them as best as possible. You can also visit numerous churches, such as the Church of San Bartolomeo or the Church of Sant'Antonio Abate. Museums are what attract a lot of tourists as well. The Museo del Presepe, for instance, houses a collection of recreations from the Bible, with antique items dating from the 18th century.

    Isernia is the place to be if you're curious to see ancient prehistoric sites. The most significant monument of the city is the Fontana della Fraterna, built in the 13th century and dedicated to Pope Celestine V. The Church of San Francesco is among the oldest buildings in Isernia and it was built on the site of a medieval temple. As far as museums go, you should visit the Museo Santa Maria delle Monache. It houses a great collection of Paleolithic remains that are over 700,000 years old and were discovered close to this area. Isernia is home for other museums too: the Archaeological Museum of Venafro, the Zampogna Museum are only two of them. The city is also a destination for pilgrims, the Hermitage of Santi Medici Cosma e Damiano and the Santuario della Madonna Addolorata di Castelpetroso being among the most important pilgrimage sites here.

    The Molise region is generally famous for the many castles built here, for the archaeological sites such as the Samnite town but also for the tourist resorts in Termoli, right by the sea, or for the Campitello Matese, one of the well known ski resorts in this region. If you're looking for things to do while you're visiting Molise, these are two of the places you should visit. However, you can opt for other activities as well, such as a nice walk or trekking adventure in the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, you can go horseback riding or mountain biking or you can visit some of the fairs that are being held in the region: the International Bagpipe Festival, the White Truffle Fair, the Lamb Festival and others.

    Another thing you shouldn't miss here, in Molise, is the taste of the local cuisine. The food here has a lot of flavor, you should definitely taste the spicy salami, cheese or a pasta dish made with spicy sauce. Don't forget about the typical vegetable dishes, the "Carciofi ripieni" (artichokes stuffed with anchovies and capers) and the "Frittata con basilico e cipolle" (omelette with basil and onions), they are absolutely delicious!

    Molise might look like a small region but there are lots of things you can do to have a great time here. From relaxing activities such as visiting museums and castles, to sport activities, you will definitely have a great time if you choose to spend your vacation in Molise.​

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