Provinces and capitals
The region is divided into the two provinces of Isernia and Campobasso, in which the regional capital of the same name is also located.
Provinces and capitals
The province of Isernia in the interior
For winter sports enthusiasts, the Province of Isernia offers the most important ski centre in Molise: Capracotta in the Molise Apennines, where downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, ski touring and alpine skiing can be practised.
The uncontaminated nature and the many natural parks of Isernia make it the ideal starting point for hikes, horseback rides and bike rides, especially along the typical “tratturi” of the province. A visit to the “Grotte di San Michele” in the municipality of Santa Maria del Molise is necessary on a trip through the region!
If you are interested in handicrafts, in Isernia you will find handicraft products that are as rich in tradition as they are unusual: from bagpipes, bells, knives and lace cushions to copperware, ancient handicraft traditions are still cultivated here.
Isernia has been the provincial capital since 1970 and, with around 20,000 inhabitants, is the smallest provincial capital in Italy. In the northern part of the province lies one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy. In the heart of ancient Samnium is the highest amphitheatre in Italy, the “Teatro Sannita Pietraabbondante.” The semi-circular theatre offers a panoramic view over the green hills of Molise and once had room for around 2200 spectators.
The green province of Campobasso
The valleys of the Trigno, Biferno and Fortore rivers crisscross the landscapes of the province of Campobasso. The valleys, lined with green mountain slopes and ranges of hills, widen towards the coast and end in wide, bright sandy beaches.
In the varied landscapes, historic towns and villages with their fortresses are perched on hilltops, as is the regional capital Campobasso. With a population of around 80,000, the old town and newer parts of the city stretch out below the fort on the fortress hill. The neighbouring town of Ferranzzano is best known for its most famous son: Hollywood actor Robert de Niro. In summer, the annual cinema festival is held here.
The province is rich in archaeology and is home to the prehistoric village of Campomarino and several necropolises such as the necropolis of Termoli with the remains of 141 tombs, the tombs of Guglionesi, the Samnite burial ground of Gildonea and the Longobard necropolises of Campochiaro. In Sepino, another tourist highlight of Molise, you come across the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Saepinum with its forum, basilica, Bojano Gate, thermal baths, theatre, curtain wall and magnificent entrance gates.
Another characteristic feature of Campobasso is the “tratturi,” which are grassy pasture paths along which the shepherds drove their flocks from the summer pastures into the valleys of Apulia thousands of years ago.