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Isernia Province

Molise Details
Molise Information
Location of Molise
Area: 4,438 km²
Population: 320,907
Density: 72/km²
Capital: Campobasso

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Provinces
Comunes
  • Campobasso
    • Acquaviva Collecroce
      Baranello
      Bojano
      Bonefro
      Busso
      Campobasso
      Campochiaro
      Campodipietra
      Campolieto
      Campomarino
      Casacalenda
      Casalciprano
      Castelbottaccio
      Castellino del Biferno
      Castelmauro
      Castropignano
      Cercemaggiore
      Cercepiccola
      Civitacampomarano
      Colle d'Anchise
      Colletorto
      Duronia
      Ferrazzano
      Fossalto
      Gambatesa
      Gildone
      Guardialfiera
      Guardiaregia
      Guglionesi
      Jelsi
      Larino
      Limosano
      Lucito
      Lupara
      Macchia Valfortore
      Mafalda
      Matrice
      Mirabello Sannitico
      Molise
      Monacilioni
      Montagano
      Montecilfone
      Montefalcone nel Sannio
      Montelongo
      Montemitro
      Montenero di Bisaccia
      Montorio nei Frentani
      Morrone del Sannio
      Oratino
      Palata
      Petacciato
      Petrella Tifernina
      Pietracatella
      Pietracupa
      Portocannone
      Provvidenti
      Riccia
      Ripabottoni
      Ripalimosani
      Roccavivara
      Rotello
      Salcito
      San Biase
      San Felice del Molise
      San Giacomo degli Schiavoni
      San Giovanni in Galdo
      San Giuliano del Sannio
      San Giuliano di Puglia
      San Martino in Pensilis
      San Massimo
      San Polo Matese
      Santa Croce di Magliano
      Sant'Angelo Limosano
      Sant'Elia a Pianisi
      Sepino
      Spinete
      Tavenna
      Termoli
      Torella del Sannio
      Toro
      Trivento
      Tufara
      Ururi
      Vinchiaturo

  • Isernia
    • Acquaviva d'Isernia
      Agnone
      Bagnoli del Trigno
      Belmonte del Sannio
      Cantalupo nel Sannio
      Capracotta
      Carovilli
      Carpinone
      Castel del Giudice
      Castel San Vincenzo
      Castelpetroso
      Castelpizzuto
      Castelverrino
      Cerro al Volturno
      Chiauci
      Civitanova del Sannio
      Colli a Volturno
      Conca Casale
      Filignano
      Forlì del Sannio
      Fornelli
      Frosolone
      Isernia
      Longano
      Macchia d'Isernia
      Macchiagodena
      Miranda
      Montaquila
      Montenero Val Cocchiara
      Monteroduni
      Pesche
      Pescolanciano
      Pescopennataro
      Pettoranello del Molise
      Pietrabbondante
      Pizzone
      Poggio Sannita
      Pozzilli
      Rionero Sannitico
      Roccamandolfi
      Roccasicura
      Rocchetta a Volturno
      San Pietro Avellana
      Santa Maria del Molise
      Sant'Agapito
      Sant'Angelo del Pesco
      Sant'Elena Sannita
      Scapoli
      Sessano del Molise
      Sesto Campano
      Vastogirardi

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Molise Airports
None
Molise National Parks
The Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park
Isernia Province, Molise
Scorcio - Photo: TheFab4
Isernia is bordered by Abruzzo to the north, the province of Campobasso to the east, Campania to the south and the tip of Lazio to the west. Covering an area of 1535 sq.km it is predominantly mountainous except in the southwest where the mountains give way to hills and plains. The highest peak in the province is Monte Mare which is 2,020 metres above sea level. From this peak, on a clear day, you can enjoy far reaching views to the west as far as the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Isernia Province
Province of Isernia, Molise

The only lake in the province of Isernia is an artificial one which was created in the 1950's. Lake Castel San Vincenzo has an area of 6,140 sq.km and was constructed in order to produce energy through hydropower. It is a welcome addition to the area, blending perfectly into the natural landscape and is a popular picnic and walking spot for families.


Castel San Vincenzo - Photo: Fabio Calvetti

The province has little or no industry and relies almost entirely on tourism. On the southwestern plains there is highly developed agriculture with the production of wheat, corn, maize and olives (which are made into oil). One small area in the south, close to the border of Campania, produces Buffalo Mozzarella and it is the only place outside the region of Campania with official permission to do this. Truffles are also found here and the white truffle of Molise is highly prized and accounts for 40% of the market.

It is a delightful region full of natural beauty with many of the little hilltop towns provide interesting days out. A large number of them still maintain the old traditions and ancient craftsmanship and produce interesting articles such as bagpipes, bells and knives.

Isernia
The capital city of the province of the same name, Isernia rests on top of a rocky crest reaching an altitude of 475 metres above sea level. It is sandwiched between two rivers, the Carpino and the Sordo and still has the layout of an ancient Roman town.

The city was badly damaged during World War Two in September 1943. On the morning of the 10th September American planes dropped bombs over the city on market day which caused thousands of deaths and a great deal of damage. Over the following weeks they bombed the city twelve more times in an attempt to destroy the bridges of Isernia, Cardarelli and Santo Spirito which were vital for the Germans to retreat. They never hit the targets but caused a great deal of death and destruction to the city.

There is consequently very little of the original city left although there are still some preserved archaeological remians. La Pineta is an excavation site covering 20,000 sq.m and containing thousands of bones and stone tools. It was discovered in 1979 by a man who noticed a bone sticking out near where they had started to construct the motorway.

There is also the Fontana Fraterna which is a public fountain with six water jets, an unusual shape and is made from Romanesque stones. It was successfully restored in 1835.


Fontana Fraterna - Photo: Giuzago

Venafro
Venafro is the second city of the province of Irsenia and spreads across the foothills of Mount Santa Croce which has a peak of 1026 metres. Although the city suffered heavy bombardment during World War II and was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1987 it still retains much of its original architecture.

The old historic centre, which was originally Roman, is walled and dominated by the Castle Pandone. The magnificent tall buildings in the old town have shops and businesses on the lower floors while the upper floors are residential.

Castle Pandone - orginally built in the 10th century with three circular towers being added in the 14th century and a moat in the 15th century. Part of the interior is now an art gallery with paintings and works of art that have been gathered up from abandoned and closed churches in the area.

Venafro Cathedral - dates back to the 5th century but has had many renovations over the years.


Venafro - Photo: Photo: Augusto Gimmatteo

The other religious building of interest in Venafro is the Church of the Annunciation which was built in the 14th century and is a fine example of Baroque Architecture. This church has a large frescoed dome which is visible from all parts of the city.

There is an archaeological musuem 'Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Santa Chiara' in the old town which contains many Roman artifacts, some dating back as far as the 2nd century.

Just behind the cathedral is the Parco Oraziano which is the Regional Agricultural Historical Olive Park of Venafro and is the first parkin the Mediterranean to be totally dedicated to the olive.

The New Town of Venafro consists of several newly developed neighbourhoods, in the middle of which are the remains of the Verlasce Roman Amphitheater. It is believed that in its time it had the capacity for 15,000 spectators.

Agnone
A large village with good examples of medieval style architecture and nineteen churches. The thing it is most famous for is the manufacture of bells with the Marinelli Bell Foundry being one of the oldest companies in the world. The same family have been running the foundry for one thousand years and made the bell for the Leaning Tower of Pisa. They have a musuem with a good display of the history of bells and you are also able to watch skilled craftsmen making them.

Cerro al Volturno
Only 25 km from the city of Isernia this unusual small, medieval mountain village is located right in the heart of the rugged Volturno Valley.


Cerro al Volturno - Photo: Ermanon

The village is believed to date back to the year one thousand with its name being taken from the numerous surrounding Cerro (Turkey Oak) trees.

It is an extremely picturesque and eye catching little village which from a distance resembles a film set.

Frosolone
Twenty kilometres east of the city of Isernia, Frosolone is famous for its production of knives and scissors. There is a museum dedicated to the traditions of this craft and a statue in the centre of the town reminding everyone of the great lineage of blacksmiths in the village.

It was almost destroyed in 146 it was the epicentre of an earthquake. The village was hit by an earthquake again in 1805 when all the buildings in the town were destroyed and 518 people were killed.

Pietrabbondante
This interesting, historical village is situated at the bottom of a group of towering rocks called 'Morg Caraceni'. On the outskirts of Pietrabbondante, at almost 1000 metres above sea level, are the remains of a Samsonite religious complex. This consisted of a theatre, a temple and two arcaded buildings on each side. Work is said to have started on this complex during the 2nd century BC but it was not finished until 95 AD. It was built to accommodate recreational activites as well as being a place of worship.

Scapoli

Once famous for the production of bagpipes, this village now draws visitors to its bagpipe museum (Il Museo della Zampogna) and to its bagpipe festival in the summer. This festival is held annually in July and attracts pipers from all around the world who come and perform during the festivities.

Castel San Vincenzo
This small village is a popular tourist spot in the summer months due to its proximity to the Monastery of San Vincenzo al Volturno and the adjoining lake. Capracotta Lying at 1,421 meters above sea level this is the highest village in the Apennines and the third highest in Italy. It is an important ski resort and is renowned for alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. The Italian cross country championships were held there in 1997.


Lago San Vincenzo - Photo: Fabio Pitisci

Limosano
Limosano is a totally unique medieval hilltop village with the external structure of the houses remaining totally unchanged while the interiors have all been modernised. Guardialfiera An ancient village built on a hillside overlooking the artificial Lake Guardialfiera. The main church, Santa Maria Assunta, dates back to the 11th century and was built from 7th century stones, many of which have Pagan and Early Christian engravings.


Old stone stairway, Guardialfiera - Photo: Microtubules

Larino
Like many other towns in Italy now, particularly in the south, Larino is really two small towns, the old town and the new town. The new town here actually has a different name, Piano San Leonardo, and is built on the side of a mountain. The old town, when seen from above, is shaped like the wing of a bird.

There is a first century Roman amphitheatre built into a natural depression in the terrrain and which could seat up to 12,000 people.

The 10th century cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy.

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Molise Information
Location of Molise
Area: 4,438 km²
Population: 320,907
Density: 72/km²
Capital: Campobasso

Find a hotel in Molise
Provinces
Comunes
  • Campobasso
    • Acquaviva Collecroce
      Baranello
      Bojano
      Bonefro
      Busso
      Campobasso
      Campochiaro
      Campodipietra
      Campolieto
      Campomarino
      Casacalenda
      Casalciprano
      Castelbottaccio
      Castellino del Biferno
      Castelmauro
      Castropignano
      Cercemaggiore
      Cercepiccola
      Civitacampomarano
      Colle d'Anchise
      Colletorto
      Duronia
      Ferrazzano
      Fossalto
      Gambatesa
      Gildone
      Guardialfiera
      Guardiaregia
      Guglionesi
      Jelsi
      Larino
      Limosano
      Lucito
      Lupara
      Macchia Valfortore
      Mafalda
      Matrice
      Mirabello Sannitico
      Molise
      Monacilioni
      Montagano
      Montecilfone
      Montefalcone nel Sannio
      Montelongo
      Montemitro
      Montenero di Bisaccia
      Montorio nei Frentani
      Morrone del Sannio
      Oratino
      Palata
      Petacciato
      Petrella Tifernina
      Pietracatella
      Pietracupa
      Portocannone
      Provvidenti
      Riccia
      Ripabottoni
      Ripalimosani
      Roccavivara
      Rotello
      Salcito
      San Biase
      San Felice del Molise
      San Giacomo degli Schiavoni
      San Giovanni in Galdo
      San Giuliano del Sannio
      San Giuliano di Puglia
      San Martino in Pensilis
      San Massimo
      San Polo Matese
      Santa Croce di Magliano
      Sant'Angelo Limosano
      Sant'Elia a Pianisi
      Sepino
      Spinete
      Tavenna
      Termoli
      Torella del Sannio
      Toro
      Trivento
      Tufara
      Ururi
      Vinchiaturo

  • Isernia
    • Acquaviva d'Isernia
      Agnone
      Bagnoli del Trigno
      Belmonte del Sannio
      Cantalupo nel Sannio
      Capracotta
      Carovilli
      Carpinone
      Castel del Giudice
      Castel San Vincenzo
      Castelpetroso
      Castelpizzuto
      Castelverrino
      Cerro al Volturno
      Chiauci
      Civitanova del Sannio
      Colli a Volturno
      Conca Casale
      Filignano
      Forlì del Sannio
      Fornelli
      Frosolone
      Isernia
      Longano
      Macchia d'Isernia
      Macchiagodena
      Miranda
      Montaquila
      Montenero Val Cocchiara
      Monteroduni
      Pesche
      Pescolanciano
      Pescopennataro
      Pettoranello del Molise
      Pietrabbondante
      Pizzone
      Poggio Sannita
      Pozzilli
      Rionero Sannitico
      Roccamandolfi
      Roccasicura
      Rocchetta a Volturno
      San Pietro Avellana
      Santa Maria del Molise
      Sant'Agapito
      Sant'Angelo del Pesco
      Sant'Elena Sannita
      Scapoli
      Sessano del Molise
      Sesto Campano
      Vastogirardi

Molise Flag
A 'stemma' (pl.stemme) is the Italian word for 'coat of arms'. In Italy, every region, every province within that region and every comune within that province has its own coat of arms.

Order a hand painted tile displaying any 'Stemma' of your choice. See more here
Molise Airports
None
Molise National Parks
The Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park
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