Upper Molise and its beauties
This short tour winds through the heart of Italy, perhaps the least known area of our country, but not without its extraordinary beauty. This historical and naturally wondrous route will show you delightful small villages and towns where human history has left its mark since the Paleolithic era and you will admire mountains that in winter offer fun and entertainment to skiers and in summer postcard views and a break from the heat. Here there is a largely untouched nature, rich in Apennine flora and fauna, which you will appreciate by visiting oases and gardens. The tour will also allow you to taste the rich local gastronomy based on wild truffles and the various, traditional Molise cheeses.
Best season : From April to June - September to November
Included / Not Included
Assistance upon arrival at the airport / station in Rome / Naples
Car rental with insurance
4 nights in the
Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM
Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants
Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French
Flights to/from your home city
Meals where not mentioned
Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
Arrival at the station, where you will meet our representative who will deliver your travel materials and accompany you to collect your rental car. You will then reach the hotel diffuso in a small rural village. The hotel is made up of various apartments throughout the village completely restored architecturally and equipped to accommodate guests. You will be surrounded by woods and pastures, at an altitude of 800 meters, near the clear Sangro river. You will spend the day in complete relaxation amongst the greenery and the iconic Italian village, you can enjoy the spa and you can visit the flourishing apple orchards of the area (Melise with its 150,000 apple trees). A typical dinner will be served at the hotel. Among the recipes of the village, we recommend pecorara (pechra a ru cuttur in local dialect), made with mutton, an ancient recipe cooked by shepherds during transhumance. Other typical meat-based dishes are capretto cacio e uova, (goat with cheese and eggs), l’agnello impanato (mugljcrat in the dialect, breaded lamb), and l’agnello con i funghi galletti (lamb with chanterelle mushrooms). The excellent regional primi piatti include polenta, pancotto with potatoes (pan’cuott e patan in dialect), lasagna with mushrooms and pasta with lamb sauce. Overnight in the hotel diffuso.
In the morning, after breakfast, you will go to Agnone where you can visit the Museo e la Pontificia Fonderia di Campane Marinelli. With a history of over 1000 years, the foundry has been making bells and other brass works through good and bad times. Its highest point came in 1924 when the Vatican awarded it the title of “pontifical foundry”. Then on 19 March 1995 Pope John Paul II made a historic visit to the foundry. The municipality of Agnone is an ancient Samnite city, destroyed by the Romans during the conquest of the Sannio. It was an important center during the Lombard domination and increased its importance later in the Romanesque period, under the dominion of the powerful Borrello family, linked to the republic of Venice. Centuries later, it experienced the Angevin, Aragonese and Bourbon domination. There are numerous archaeological finds of Samnite origin in the area and the town retains a beautiful medieval Venetian-style center. In addition, every Christmas Eve, the spectacular ‘Ndocciata rite takes place, a long parade of ndocce (torches) through the streets of the village.
You can have lunch in a restaurant surrounded by forest near the town, spend the afternoon browsing among the copper shops and visit the Caseificio Di Nucci dairy, producer of typical stracciate, caciocavalli, manteche, ricotta and caciosalami.
You will dine in an excellent and welcoming restaurant where traditional dishes are interpreted with elegance and skill by the chef. Overnight in the hotel diffuso.
In the morning you will travel to Isernia. From here, the fascinating and unprecedented historical journey of the region will begin, with a leap back in time to a few hundred thousand years ago, at the ruins of Paleolithic settlements found in the area where the modern city stands.
Isernia was also important for the Samnites, Romans, Lombards and was finally annexed to the Kingdom of Naples in 1519. Here you can visit the National Museum of the Paleolithic, and the related archaeological site La Pineta. In addition to the archaeological finds, it has many noteworthy religious and civil buildings, including the Fontana Fraterna, symbol of the city.
After lunch, you can visit the archaeological area of Pietrabbondante, at an altitude of 1000 meters, where you can find the Samnite theater the Italic temple and other constructions from the Samnite era, among the most important in Italy. Overnight in the hotel diffuso.
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