BIOSPHERE RESERVES COLLEMELUCCIO MONTEDIMEZZO (UNESCO – WORLD HERITAGE SITE SINCE 1997)
Although it is one of hte 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: 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.
Arriving to Isernia in the early morning, visit the historic centre, all the way down to the “Fraterna” fountain, and the Cathedral. Then visit the Paleolithic 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. Transfer to Agnone for a typical dinner and accommodation.
Walk around to Agnone and visit the most ancient bell foundry even known. Moving to Sepino, Samnite town, and visit of the Altilia’s archaeological remains. Transfer to Campobasso for dinner and accommodation.
Walk around the historic centre of the county town, that leads to the Monforte medieval castle.
Visit the Provincial Sannitico Museum and the museum of “Misteri”, a 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 possible to visit Guardialfiera, Larino, Ururi and San Martino in Pensilis.
Arrival to Tennoli for dinner and accommodation.
Check out the visit of the historic centre and departure.
Venafro, Carovilli, Pescolanciano, Frosolone, Oratino, Riccia, Gambatesa, Civitacampomarano
By Car: Al and Al4 motorways
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO MOLISE
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