“Oasis of tranquility, a region rich in history and natural beauty”
A region with mountain and pastoral traditions, festivals and rituals of ancient origin. We never think to this earth as a ski destination, but facilities from Capracotta are modern .
This summer, however, you can relax in the sun on the white beach of Rio Vivo, in Termoli (particularly popular with water sports enthusiasts and sailors).
There are also many protected areas, which enhance and protect the flora of Molise, as the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, the Oasis of Bosco Casale and the Oasis Natural Guardiaregia-Campochiaro.
Molise is a land still untouched, and perhaps not entirely known, but an ideal destination for cultural tourism, nature, food and wine.
A land inhabited by a hospitable people who knew how to treasure and enhance a territory unico.
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Campobasso. The capital of Molise is 700 meters high, between the rivers Biferno and Fortore. His name, therefore, is not related to geographic location, but the foundation of the new city, which was granted in the “lower field” by Joachim Murat in 1814. The city, whose historic center has an original structure in a fan, with stairways and winding lanes that revolve around the Castello Monforte, has Lombard origins. It’s nice to walk discovering the many palaces and Romanesque churches to be found along the Avenue of Remembrance, as Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church of San Giorgio and San Bartolomeo. Beautiful, even the thirteenth century church of San Leonardo, as the neoclassical cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Campobasso, from 1982, is also home of the University of Molise, a university that has been rapidly evolving and that in a few years has attracted many young people in the city. Extremely livable, with large green areas, restaurants serving the delicious local cuisine and old workshops where the knives are forged. The city, which developed around the castle and the medieval village, in the nineteenth century has been designed according to the ideal of the garden city, well represented by the elegant and stately buildings dating back to the nineteenth century and are part of the so-called historic murratiano center , who retains all ‘internal gardens and orchards redwoods, cedars of Lebanon, spruce and oak trees, as well as numerous fountains from which gush water fresh and pure.
The territory of Molise is evenly divided between mountains and hills. It is entirely crossed by the Apennines and its gentle hills that slope, with large terraces and undulations, towards the narrow plains crossed by rivers and then out to sea. From the peaks of the mountains of Meta and Matese Mountains is passed, so, to Monti Frentani, rounded, and flat Bojano and Venafro, where the mountains and the hills give, little by little, to the plain and space the Adriatic Sea (the region has 40 km of coastline). In Molise, in addition to the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise (Mainarde), there are large wooded areas, especially in the Province of Isernia. Of great importance to the WWF Oasis (Monte Mutria and Guardiaregia-Campochiaro), the Oasis of Casacalenda Lipu, the Oasis “The Mortine” in the river basin of the Volturno, near Venafro, the Matese, the reserve Collemeluccio, with its extensions of forests of fir, the reserve Mab Montedimezzo and the Botanical Garden of Capracotta.
The first ten days of August in Monteroduni, Isernia, takes place the Eddie Lang Jazz Festival: born in 1991, owes its name to the guitarist Salvatore Massaro, aka Eddie Lang, whose parents, both monterodunesi, left l ‘Italy for the United States before his birth. During the various editions, the festival has hosted, in the picturesque setting of the gardens of the Castle Pignatelli, internationally renowned artists: Michel Petrucciani, John Scofield, Fontella Bass, Benny Golson, Marcus Miller, Tommy Emmanuel and Joe Locke, to name a few. During the festival, also held an international competition for young jazz guitarists. Dedicated to the movies, however, the festival Molisecinema, born in 2003 with the intent to promote the latest and most innovative Italian and international productions, favoring the young authors and new languages, and with an eye toward the short films and documentaries. Its slogan is “small countries, big screen” and takes place August 2 to 7 in Casacalenda, in the province of Campobasso.
By Plane. In the region there is no airport, although the intention of building it was expressed several times by both the Province and the Chamber of Commerce of Isernia. Currently the provinces of Isernia and Campobasso are served from Pescara, which also refers to the Province of Foggia.
By Train. The Milan-Bari makes a stop in the station of Termoli while the Rome-Naples-Campobasso Campobasso and the stop, respectively, at the station of Isernia and that of Campobasso. For more information see the website of Trenitalia.
By Car. The A1 connects the region with Rome and Naples, while the A14 linking with Pescara and the A16 connects with Benevento and the rest of the South
Medieval villages, archaeological sites, seaside city: really are many paths to the discovery of Molise. Lots of archaeological findings unearthed in the region beginning in the woods near the castle of Pescolanciano, which houses the remains of the fortifications of the Samnite period, up to the remains of Saepinum, at the foot of the Matese, with its private buildings, the ‘amphitheater, the basilica. Do not miss, then, in Larino the majestic Port of Gladiators. “Go for castles” in Molise is extremely easy: medieval citadels with defensive walls, gates and galleries are scattered throughout the territory. Do not miss the castle of Capua in Gambatesa, and the charming century cycle of frescoes by Donato of Cupertino; Castle Civitacampomarano, with its round towers, the impressive entrance portal and the Renaissance loggia; and the castles of Matese (Civita Boiano, Roccamandolfi and Monteroduni). There are also many seaside towns dotted along the Adriatic coast, among which Termoli (European Blue Flag), a medieval town perched on a promontory and surrounded by beaches lapped by clear water and dotted with overflow characteristics platforms offshore, tradition nineteenth century, grounded by a walkway and built to fish avoiding the danger of going out to sea.
TRADITIONS AND FOLKLORE
Molise is one of the few Italian regions still tied to ancient traditions. Transhumance, the movement of flocks from the mountains to the coast that happens every year at the beginning of the summer season, is one of these. Many religious festivals that each country prepares especially in summer. In the region, the religious sentiment is very developed and rooted: the Good Friday processions of Campobasso and Isernia, with the parade of hooded; the Feast of the Mysteries, always in Campobasso, the Sunday of Corpus Christi; Regatta of San Basso in Termoli (August 3 to 5); the solemn and evocative Procession of San Nicandro in Venafro (June); the procession of Capracotta in honor of Madonna of Loreto, which is held every three years in July; the feast of the grain in Jelsi in honor of St. Anne (July 26); the feast in honor of Santa Cristina in Sepino (second half of July); the parade of St. Pardo Larino (25, 26 and 27 May), and the carrese Ururi (early May). From the standpoint folklore and profane, the Festival of bagpipes Scapoli attracts every year in July, thousands of tourists from all over Italy. Very followed, even the truffle in Miranda (end of July); the grape festival in Riccia (first half of September); and “gl’Cierv ‘”, the legendary rite of man-deer in Rocchetta a Volturno (last Sunday of Carnival): tradition has it that a man, covered with skins and antlers on his head, comes into the country by sowing destruction. Only the good Martino, identifiable by its conical hat and his long white robe, will succeed after a long struggle made of jumps and somersaults, to capture the deer and his partner. Soon will come the Hunter that, after firing the beasts, will emit a puff in their ears. Like magic the beasts back to life and return to the mountains where they will remain for another long year.
AT THE TABLE
The Molise cuisine is very diverse. Among the most important are the olives from which we extract the extra virgin olive oil Molise Dop taste sweet. The bread from Molise retains its ancient manufacture and is still produced in some bakeries with potatoes (in Molise Patan). Famous is the bread of Venafro, to Ripamolisani, whose skilled bakers have been appreciated worldwide, and the production of olive oil bagels. Much importance has even pasta. A type of pasta typical that is called cavatilli (in Molise, the cavatìjll) is obtained with a pastry without eggs and accompanied with tomato sauce or vegetables. Equally well known are the fusilli ( fusìll), prepared with the same dough, but made by wrapping the dough around a spindle, from which the name. Great importance is given to the production of dairy products and cheese: the cheese of Agnone, only cow’s milk cheese whose taste sweet spicy blends in with the progress of aging; the cheese of Pietracatella, composed of a mix of cow, sheep and goat and ripened in tuff caves dug under the houses of the old town namesake country; and pecorino Capracotta, already appreciated by the Samnite populations. As for meats, some sausages are produced in the Molise, as the sopressata (a supressàt), the neck, the sausage, the Ntriglio, dried sausage seasoned with salt, pepper, red pepper and garlic; and the lady of Conca Casale, mixture of noble parts of the pig, so called because each pig was extracted from a single lady, then a delicacy for the chosen few. Also very fine white truffle, which grows in the mountains of the province of Campobasso and Isernia. Also noteworthy is the fish soup of Termoli (du ‘bredette), which has the characteristic use of at least eight kinds of fish: squid, mullet, sole, smooth, toad, cobs, redfish, cod, seafood and many other. Among the desserts are the typical stationery, similar to the German waffle, but with the addition of fennel seeds; the piccillati , baked ravioli stuffed with black cherry; and the cone (a pìnj), similar to panettone but lighter and usually prepared for Easter. The caragnoli (i carànjele) or rosacatarre (i rôsacatàrele), dipped in honey, are typical Christmas sweets. Among the wines, to signal the Biferno Doc, produced in the territory of Campobasso in white, red (with wording Reserve, if aged over three years) and rosé.
In Molise craftsmanship is still very vital. In Scapoli and Fontecostanza the bagpipes, traditional musical instruments of the shepherds, are made of cherry wood and goat skin, using the same techniques of two thousand years ago. The merger of the bells, typical of Agnone, is an activity that dates back to the Middle Ages and involved many families. Today the tradition continues only through the Pontifical Foundry Marinelli, who since 1300 has produced bells for the main holy places of the world, until the Bell of Jubilee 2000, in which John Paul II gave rise to the Holy Year. In the fifteenth century the Molise was a major center for the production of weapons. From that experience has developed, and is still alive, the art of cutlery, particularly in Frosolone, where you realize razors, knives and scissors finished in gloss white horn, with technical and aesthetic qualities that make them known worldwide . Isernia, however, is known for the originality wool processing, production began with the appearance of the Benedictine convents in which the noble girls were sent to learn this art. In mountainous areas remains wool processing, with the realization of blankets tones of brown and black and white. In the countries of Bojano, Venafro and Ripamolisana intertwines hemp to make ropes and cables.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
Is in the beautiful beach of Rio Vivo which regulates the “average time official” Italy and Europe? At the foot of the tower called the Windmill, in the famous beach of Termoli, in fact, intersect the 15th meridian east and the parallel 42 ° north. Here you can synchronize the clock snubbing the Greenwich meridian!