MAB RESERVE COLLEMELUCCIO – MONTEDIMEZZO ALTO MOLISE (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1997)
Although it is one of the smaller regions in Italy, Molise has surprising qualities. Molise is a mysterious land and it has extraordinary uncontaminated landscapes, environmentally-protected areas and nature reserve, stretching from the mountains down to the sea.
Molise is a land to discover through a journey into the past. It holds Palaeolithic settlements , archaeological remains from the Samnite and the time of Romans, to medieval monuments, towers, castles, and towns.
Molise has amazing traditions and also fine cuisine. What gives a unique experience is a true sentiment, which animates the community participating: the jealously-guarded customs and rites which are renewed at every patronal festival, convey the history of die community and mark its uniqueness.
The “Collemeluccio- Montedimezzo” reserve was the first natural area (1977) -among the Italian sites – registered as ” Biosphere Reserve” of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB).
lt encompasses two forests covering 637 hectares in a sub-mountain area and each forest as its own geomorphologic and vegetation characteristics. In 2014, Unesco approved the enlargement project of the reserve, including also the seven towns around the site: San Pietro Avellana, Vastogirardi, Carovilli, Pietrabbondante, Pescolanciano, Chiauci and Roccasicura.
1 Visit the historic centre of Isernia, all the way down to the “Fraterna” fountain, and the Cathedral. Then visit the Palaeolithic museum, where the most complete evidences of the Human population of the Europe are saved. Transfer to the “Collemeluccio – Montedimezzo” reserve, where it is possible to have guided tours and routes (also for visually impaired) and hike. Moving to Pietrabbondante and visit to the archaeological remains.
2 Walk around to Agnone and visit the most ancient bell foundry even known. Moving to Sepino, Samnite town, and visito of the Altilia’s archaeological remains.
3 Walk around the historic centre of the Campobasso, that leads to the Monforte medieval castle. Visit the Provincial Sannitico Museum and the museum of “Misteri”, an historic tradition that takes place every year on the day of “Corpus domini” in which the actors are suspended in the air thanks to metal structures. Moving to the coast it is possibile to visit Guardialfiera, Larino, Ururi and San Martino in Pensilis.
Venafro, Carovilli, Pescolanciano, Frosolone, Oratino, Riccia, Gambatesa, Civitacampomarano
HOW TO GET HERE
By car: Motorway A1, Motorway A14
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO MOLISE
Tel: +38 08744711