A list of the things to see in Molise and the most exciting activities to experience
The history of the Sanctuary of Maria SS. Addolorata begins on March 22, 1888 when the Virgin appeared for the first time at two local counties.
The first stone of the Sanctuary was laid on September 28, 1890, followed by the consecration in 1975.
Designed in neo-Gothic style by Eng. Francesco Gualandi of Bologna the basilica, one of the things to see in Molise, is spread over an area of about 2800 square meters.
Known ski resort in Matese, Campitello Matese with its 40 km of slopes is a winter resort of reference for all ski and mountain lovers. Furthermore, in summer Campitello Matese offers an environment rich in woods, lakes, caves and caves, meadows and unpublished paths.
Hiking, walking, horseback riding, mountain biking or squading, spectacular paragliding descents as well as many outdoor sports such as tennis and football. Campitello Matese, a natural and healthy tourist destination, all year round.
CASTEL SAN VINCENZO
It is the most important Molise municipality of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park.
The lake occupies an area of 6,140 km². The waters that feed the lake come mainly from the streams of the Montagna Spaccata in the nearby municipalities of Alfedena and Barrea.
Near the lake, where you can indulge in fishing and other water sports, but there is no shortage of pedal boats and sun loungers, there is an area equipped for camping, a riding stable, restaurants and bars.
What is there to see in Castel San Vincenzo? In addition to the Abbey, Epifanio’s Crypt, Ponte della Zingara, Joshua’s Crypt, Hall of the Prophets, Chapel of Santa Restituta, Town Hall, Cathedral, ask for Santa Maria Assunta, Church of Santa Chiara, Church of San Francesco.
SCAVI DI ALTILIA
In first place, among the things to see in Molise, we find Saepinum.
An archaeological area from the Roman era in the province of Campobasso.
The site, located along the ancient Pescasseroli-Candela tratturo, is located 3 km north of the current village of Sepino, surrounded by medieval walls and located about 700 m above sea level.
Located in an area of crucial economic importance with easy access both in Campania and in the direction of the Adriatic coast of Daunia. All documented by the presence of Campanian, Epirote and Illyrian coins.
A series of archaeological excavations have brought to light the walls.
In 2017, the archaeological site registered 20 305 visitors. Admission is free with the exception of the museum.
The city of Campobasso rises 700 meters above sea level and thanks to its very favorable position offers truly suggestive views.
Definitely worth visiting is the Monforte Castle, located on a hill overlooking the whole city, the Cathedral of 1504, the Church of San Bartolomeo, in Romanesque style and the Museum of the Nativity which houses a collection of ancient nativity scenes, including some from the 18th century. .
A large rectangular tower stands at the top which currently houses the Air Force Campobasso Meteorological Station. At the top of the walls there is a long sequence of Guelph battlements. The view ranges from the valleys of the Biferno, Trigno and Fortore rivers, to the mountains of Abruzzo, with the splendid Majella, from the green mountains of Upper Molise to the yellow hills of Puglia. Interesting are the basement of the castle, which cover an area equal to that on the surface.
In Campobasso, on the feast day of Corpus Domini, in the month of June the Mysteries give life to an evocative procession that has few comparisons in Italy and in the world for the festive participation of the people and for the majesty of the geniuses that parade through the streets of city between the disbelief and the wonder of the bystanders.
Do not miss a visit to the Stroico Center of Campobasso among villages, museums, cathedrals, palaces and churches, the jungle is truly vast.
Among the things to see in Molse is Isernia with its famous Fontana Fraterna.
Strolling through the alleys of the historic center is a constant discovery among ancient details set in the walls and underground, next to restaurants and welcoming clubs.
It is the cathedral of the diocese of Isernia-Venafro dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle which is located in Piazza Andrea d’Isernia. The current building stands on an ancient Italic pagan temple of the third century BC. of which the entire podium has remained intact from which it is possible to reconstruct its shape. Entering on the right there is a small door and spiral staircases going down which one plunges to more than 2000 years ago.
LAGO DI GUARDIALFIERA
The Guardialfiera or Liscione lake is an artificial reservoir formed in the sixties and seventies with the raising of a dam on the Biferno river.
The lake is a popular destination for many fishermen or practicing fishermen with regular licenses. The species of fish present are: chub, tench and pike. It is also possible to find endangered fish species: the Apennine bleak and the Tyrrhenian rudd.
To build the lake and the dam, an ancient bridge was submerged by the water, the Ponte di S. Antonio or Ponte di Annibale, visible in dry summer periods near Monte Peloso.
Roccamandolfi is a town of about 1000 inhabitants in the province of Isernia, located at an altitude of 850 m. . In the upper part, a few kilometers from the town, on the top of the hill, stand the ruins of the ancient Norman Castle built on a pre-existing Lombard fortress and which has also been the subject of studies in recent times. Parking along the road and walk uphill to reach the castle. At the beginning of the path on the left there is a small road that leads to the Tibetan bridge with its 234 meters long and which reaches 140 meters above ground level, it is part of the “Sentiro del pastore” not to be missed !!!
The Regional Nature Reserve of Guardiaregia – Campochiaro is a protected natural area established in 1996 in the Molise area of Matese in Contrada Mencaro of the municipality of Guardiaregia, in the province of Campobasso. It occupies an area of 2,187.00 ha and borders the Matese Regional Park. The management is established by the agreement between WWF Italy and the Municipalities of Guardiaregia and Campochiaro. An oasis where you can spend unforgettable days discovering the reserve between excursions and guided tours.
The Trèmiti islands are an archipelago of the Adriatic Sea, 22 km north of the Gargano promontory and 45 km east of Termoli.
The Termoli Tremiti ferries are the only ones that guarantee the connection to the Tremiti islands throughout the year.
The largest of the Tremiti islands is San Domino. It is to be discovered by boat, visiting famous coves and caves such as those of the Bue Marino, the Rondinelle, the Viole, the Crocodile and the Murene.
San Nicola, the historical and administrative center of the archipelago, is the only other inhabited Tremiti island, and it is also the most interesting, as regards the monumental remains: fortress-abbey of Santa Maria a Mare, the Torrione del Cavaliere del Crocifisso and the Badiali Castle.
Don’t miss the Grotta di San Michele, which looks like a skull (and where the waters take on a phosphorescent blue color) and the Segati Rocks.
Totally uninhabited Pianosa, the easternmost island of the archipelago. Then there is Capraia (or Capperaia) derives from capers, particularly widespread on the island (the second largest of the archipelago). On this island there is the famous Architiello, a natural rocky bridge about 6 meters long: the locals suggests to couples to go under it, because, according to tradition, the promises of love exchanged at that point will have an eternal duration.
Finally, there is Cretaccio, more than an island a large rock in the shape of a half-moon divided in half.
In the waters of the Tremiti there is also the Padre Pio degli Abissi, the most impressive underwater statue in the world. It was built by the sculptor from Foggia Domenico Norcia and lowered into the water on October 3, 1998.
HOW TO REACH THE TREMITI ISLANDS
The reason? The more than 256 centimeters of snow that fell in about 16 hours on the small municipality, which could have beaten the record of 1921 in Colorado!
Awarded several times with the European Blue Flag for the clarity of its sea, Termoli offers tourists equipped beaches and many hotel and sports services.
The ancient village of Termoli is surrounded by high fortified walls, magnificent is the tower of the ancient Swabian Castle, the only survivor and today a symbol of the city.
Located in the heart of the Molise Apennines, the Montedimezzo Reserve was established in 1977 and included in the UNESCO international program MAB – Man and Biosphere (Man and Biosphere).
The whole Reserve is wooded and reaches altitudes between 900 and 1300 meters high, there are turkey oaks, beeches and numerous other native species such as the Lobelius maple, the mountain, field and hedgehog maples, the hornbeam, the greater ash, the hazel, rowan, wild cherry, pear and apple tree, blackthorn and numerous other species significant for the feeding of wildlife.
The Reserve is home to numerous species of mammals including wild boars, hares, badgers, roe deer, martens, weasels, stone martens, foxes and squirrels but also birds such as the honey buzzard, the collared nurse, the dove, the tordela, the great woodpecker and the lesser woodpecker, the buzzard, the owl, the barn owl, the jay and many passerines.
There are many activities that can be carried out in Molise, organized associations such as MOLISE ADVENTURE will make you come into direct contact with nature to practice many exciting activities such as Canadian Canoe, Rafting, Hiking, Mountain Bike, Birth Waching, Climbing.
If you are a lover of wild life we advise you not to miss the courses and activities organized by WILD LIFE SCHOOL
LE CASCATE DEL MOLISE
If you are passionate about waterfalls you just have to consult the Molise Waterfalls List you will be spoiled for choice.
The territory of this small town is marked by the mountains that shield the town, covered by dense vegetation and by widespread sources of crystalline water. Characteristic are the casacte, the caves, the Caldora Castle and the enchanting streets of the town… a dip in the past in close contact with nature.