Region full of hills
Favorite thing: It's a pity I don't know the names of these little towns on the hills around Campobasso.. I even asked local people and they couldn't tell me.. but who cares about the names if you are free to enjoy the look at anonymous towns with castles on the hills...
Fondest memory: i would really love to go and take more photos of them.
Favorite thing: You have one advantage if you live on a hill -you can see into the FUTURE:) yep... future... i could see the rain coming over Campobasso skyline and get ready for it .. no no, not close the windows.. but take out my photo camera!!:)
Favorite thing: Try the ice-cream on the main square.
Fondest memory: I miss the contrast in colorful architecture, and the great food! Here is a photo of the main square... great coffee and pizza by the meter with black truffles at a really good cheap price!
- Castles and Palaces
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
Peace and Quiet in Molise Italy
Favorite thing: Hi Toni,
You can easily get a train from Rome to Campobasso. They run every few hours. Here is a link for General Italian Transportation info ,You will find train schedule links here. http://www.italiantourism.com/transp.html
We flew into Rome and rented a car for 10 days and stayed at the Villa Grande Cassa in San Donato Val di Comino in the Lazio region and explored southern Italy from there.(I have a review of San Donato,Campobasso,Molise etc on my Virtual tourist page).
It is about a 2 hour drive to Campobasso from San Donato if you use the Superstadas.. I found driving was a huge advantage to trains, With a car you can actually come and go as you wish.. Driving in Italy is no different than driving in one of our crazy driver citys like Los Angeles,Boston,Detroit etc.:-)
Italians do drive fast. So be warned. Driving in or around Rome can make you lose all your hair. :)
The Molise region however is more laid back than other parts of Italy. Very similiar I'D say to Rural West Virginia Vermont,New Hampshire and Kentucky.. Population is very small and everyone lives in small villages in high mountain areas. Very few Cars on the roads.. Campobasso is a very small capital city. Smaller than most USA small citys..I doubt it has 50,000 people on a good day.. Isernia is even smaller..
Without a car you will find it hard to reach the rural hamlets nearby.. It is also cool in October at least it was when we were there, 60 to 70 degrees and rained quite a bit.. Be prepared for damp and cool fall temps as you are high in the mountains of Molise..The leaves in late fall are in peak fall Folliage and was beautiful..
I was not in the village you mentioned but they all have their own ancient charm and usually a castle or ruins of a Norman or Franks Castle nearby.. I never saw so many castles in my life. They are everywhere.. If you love castles Molise is a Gem in that department.. Molise is a nature lovers and photographers dream. Do not expect tourist traps. They do not exist here.
Bring a good pair of walking shoes. Walking Cobbled stone streets will kill your feet without the proper shoes..
From noon to 4 everything closes for Siesta ,So,eat before noon or starve till 4PM LOL.
Most villages in Molise are just a shell of former populations. Many villages had 10,000 people in 1880 and are now down to 500 or less. This is common in Molise and Abbrzzo regions..
You will understand what I mean when you get there.. We were just amazed people left this peaceful rural area when it is what many of us in the USA search out and dream of living like this. Peace and Quiet is everywhere.. We plan to go back again for 2 weeks in a few years to relax and maybe find a way to communicate with Perrinos who still live in this region...
another tip is Drop your car off at the Rome airport,take a train to Rome. (30 minutes)and enjoy Rome for 3 days.. A great way to end a fantastic vacation...If you have any other questions or I missed one..Just ask..
Fondest memory: My fondest memory was the small villages and how nice the people were who lived in Molise.
- Hiking and Walking
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: For couple minutes it was possible to see the sun rays on a town on a hill. After that immediately the rain continued pouring...
Fondest memory: Was a marvellous look.