Travelling in Molise means discovering villages rooted in history.
A midland of mysterious beauty, Molise is a treasure trove of nature and culture: not only mountains, hills and valleys but also villages to discover. Walking along sheep tracks, paths and alleys, it is easy to see the traces left by ancient peoples. In historical times, the land of Molise was inhabited by the Samnites and the Romans, whose legacy is still present in many villages. In Sepino, in the Matese, in the archaeological area of Altilia Saepinum, a small Pompeii awaits you, built on the previous Samnite settlement: baths, forum, shops, insulae, a water mill narrate daily life in Rome at its height. In the mountains of Upper Molise lies Agnone, known throughout the world for the thousand-year-old Marinelli Pontificia Fonderia, with a still-active non-mechanised bell production that follows techniques dating back to the Middle Ages. Middle Ages traces are still present in the structure of many other villages such as Venafro and Scapoli, the capital of the bagpipe. Beyond the mountains and valleys, the Adriatic Sea bathes delightful towns such as Termoli, an ancient village that grew up around the cathedral of Santa Maria della Purificazione, a fine example of Romanesque architecture in Molise.
Don't miss a visit to the villages awarded Bandiera Arancione by the Italian Touring Club or a stroll through the streets of those included in the list of the Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. Or, to take the perfect shot, we recommend wandering through the narrow streets of Civitacampomarano, the setting for a particular play of contrasts between a medieval village and street art.
Travelling in Molise means discovering villages rooted in the history of a land where ancient traditions are still alive.