It was until 1963 formerly part of the region of Abruzzi e Molise. Today Molise is the youngest and smallest Italian region, since decided in 1963 and effectively established in 1970, when the region Abruzzi e Molise was split in two regions, which, however, still today maintain a common identity both geographically and in their historical and traditional heritage.
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What to see
Molise offer many natural reserves with an interesting and wide fauna and flora, to discover on its territory. Set on two regions Abruzzo and Molisse, the Abruzzo National Park, reveals unexpected and magnificent landscapes. Also to be visited are the Matese massif, the natural reserve of Collemeluccio with its extended woods of white fir trees, the MAB reserve of Montedimezzo, the Botanic garden of Capracotta. Molise’s fauna is characterized by: Marsicano brown bear, chamois, deer, wolf, boar and fox. The sedentary avian fauna includes peregrine falcons, kestrels, jays and quail. Other unspoiled nature frames are the two most important ski resorts in the region: Campobello Maltese and Capracotta. Discover the thousand years of history behind this region and its culture, visiting its archaeological sites, abbeys, small medieval towns and countless castles. Of notable interest is the historical centre of Campobasso, with the Church of Sant'Antonio Abate, built in 1572, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, overlooking the Monforte castle, whose origin dates back to the 14th century. Isernia, the second city of the region, admire its beautiful Roman aqueduct and its gorgeous “Fraternal fountain”, considered one of the most beautiful monumental fountains of Italy. Isernia has a well-preserved archaeological site of the Paleolithic period "La Pineta" as well as a necropolis in the south of the city.
The coast has long stretches of sandy beaches, surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation, as well as crystal clear water, awarded with European Blue Flag again this year.
In this agricultural land, regional food is based on locally grown produce and sheep farming. There are many typical dishes in Molise: from maccheroni alla chitarra, pallotte; round balls of egg and cheese, pasta and beans, polenta, lamb and roast turcinelli; lamb offal. Among the area’s best products, the extra virgin olive oil, Isernia truffle and durum wheat pasta stand out. There are several types of salami, including saggicciotti, liver sausage, ventricina salami and pampanera, oven-dried bacon with chili pepper. Dairy products are extremely popular in this region, in particular the caciocavallo and stracciata cheeses, fior di latte cow’s milk mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella and pecorino sheep’s cheese. Local wines particularly Biferno and Pentro are excellent.
Molise offers a good variety of accommodation structures, from the various 2 to 4 stars hotels to a widespread offer of B&B, rooms to let, hostels, holiday farm house, and campsites. Reliability and genuineness are the main ingredients to guarantee tourism based on quality and family-run structures.
Historical customs, handcrafts traditions and old professions that have disappeared elsewhere, is a unique feature that makes Molise, just like an “old-fashioned world” in breathtaking natural scenery.
You will easily find trendy pubs and lively popular clubs, in the main cities of Molise, where to spend friendly evenings. Also, check out Molise’s towns summer festivals.
Molise, a region with rural traditions and picturesque towns set in an enchanting landscape.