IT - Molise
Molise is a region of southern Italy.
Events and festivals.
Good Friday processions in Campobasso and Isernia;
Festival of the Mysteries in Campobasso;
Wheat festival in Jelsi;
Riccia wine festival;
Fish festival in Termoli;
‘Ndocciata, the largest rite in the world linked to fire, in Agnone;
Baloma Bikers motorcycle rally in Cercemaggiore;
Armageddon in the park in Termoli;
Sannita Teatro Festival (Classic theatrical events) in Pietrabbondante.
Territories and tourist destinations.
Molise Apennines – The Apennine area includes almost the entire territory of the Region covered by the Apennines. Among the tourist centers we must mention Capracotta, a ski resort at 1460 meters above sea level and the nearby San Pietro Avellana, surrounded by beech woods and nicknamed “the Homeland of the White Truffle”. Pescopennataro is called the country of fir trees, for the woods that surround it. Vastogirardi is the base for excursions to the state forest of Pennataro. Pietrabbondante with its famous archaeological area represents the most important cultural and religious center of the Samnite peoples.
The two mountain groups of tourist importance are located on the borders of Molise and are shared with the finitime regions of Lazio, Abruzzo and Campania.
Monti della Meta – They rise on the border with Lazio and Abruzzo and culminate in Monte Petroso of 2247 s.l.m. The lower elevations of the chain are called Mainarde. From Pizzone you can reach, through a provincial road, the plain just below Campitello, called “Pianoro delle Forme” or Valle Fiorita, from where you can start the ascent to Monte Meta (2,242 meters). Cerro al Volturno is another Molise town on the edge of the Abruzzo National Park and is surrounded by woods
Matese massif – It extends along the border with Campania and reaches 2050 meters with Mount Miletto. The north western side of the chain belongs to the Molise territory. The ski resorts of Bocca della Selva and Campitello Matese are located in the Matese mountains, there are also the Matese lake of glacial origin and the natural oasis of Guardiaregia
Cities that boast an important historical center are Isernia, Venafro, Agnone.
The part of the territory that extends between the highest peaks to the west and the eastern Adriatic coast is the most hilly area of central Molise, whose reference point is the capital of the Campobasso region; other centers of good interest and an important past are Bojano and Trivento
Molise coast – The Molise coast extends for just 35 km on the Adriatic Sea and includes, in addition to the port of Termoli, the small seaside resorts of Campomarino, Marina di Montenero and Marina di Petacciato. By tradition, vocation and cultural ties also include the centers more within Larino, which shares with Termoli the role of service center of the area, Guglionesi, Portocannone.
Albanian Tradition Countries – Close to the coast there are countries where Albanians fled their native lands in the 15th century as a consequence of the Ottoman invasion and the death of their national hero Giorgio Castriota Skanderbeg. Albanian centers are Campomarino, Ururi, Montecilfone and Portocannone.
Campobasso – The old town develops on a hill around the castle in a dominant position. The modern city developed in the plan. It is the most populous center of Molise, of which it is the regional capital.
Agnone – Ancient Samnite city, known worldwide for its traditional and centuries-old artisan construction of the bells, has an interesting historic center and an expanding tourist infrastructure.
Bojano – It was a powerful Samnite city, then a Roman center. In the Middle Ages it became an episcopal see. It preserves a beautiful old town full of churches, in addition to the cathedral.
Isernia – Among the first documented Palaeolithic settlements in Europe, the Samnite city, capital of the Italic League, was later flourishing, later the Roman Municipium. Its millennial past has left it an important monumental patrimony that extends up to the pre-Roman era, in addition to very important finds from prehistory.
Larino – City with a remarkable past, it boasts a beautiful medieval village; its cathedral is among the best monuments in Molise. After Termoli it is the most important center of attraction on the Molise coast.
Termoli – It is the main center of the Molise coast and the second largest city in the region by population. Its ancient core, with the cathedral and fortifications, stands on a promontory overlooking the sea.
Trivento – Ancient bishop’s seat, in its cathedral the crypt of particular historical-architectural value dating back to the XI-XII century is preserved.
Venafro – Its long belonging to Campania emerges in the spoken language and traditions. City of the Samnites, later a Roman colony, alongside the vestiges of the empire alongside an important medieval urban heritage, in which the numerous churches stand out, unfortunately in large numbers deteriorated.
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