The Molise region of Italy
"My husband and I are interested in traveling to the Tammaro Valley Region. What sought of places of interest are in this area and what types of hotels or bed & breakfasts?"
The Tammaro River collects the waters from the lower central Apennines and heads towards Benevento in Campania. The valley is called the 'High Plain of Sepino' and it is the town of Sepino itself which should be the base for our reader's visit.
New Sepino was built following Saracen attacks in the 9th century which left Roman Saepinium a bad memory, www.sanniti.info. It is a archaeological complex of some note featuring a basilica, temples, shops, theater. Perhaps the giveaway are the thermal baths which still draw people for a relaxing weekend.
Those Romans never went anywhere without a few home luxuries. Nevertheless, the ruins from 293BC have to be seen.
Don't embarass yourself asking for cannellini beans in Carpinoni or dried figs in Pietracatella. Print off this useful reference list to the typical food products of the region and keep it with you during your trip.
Molise may be Italy's newest and least visited region, but this ancient land is home to some of the most important prehistoric finds in the whole of Europe. So, a lot of people have passed through the area and we have identified 3 international personalities whose origins can be traced to the region. They are:
Frosolone is practically equidistant between the cities of Campobasso and Isernia. It was once in the province of Campobasso, but it is now part of Isernia, although we believe any family records would remain where they were originally recorded.
Frosolone was reconstructed after the earthquake of 1805 and the main appointment of the year is the 'Sagra dei Peperuoli e Baccalà' during May. That's dry salted cod. Visitors should also look out for the mysterious wind park or 'Centrale Eolica, as well as the knife works or 'Coltelleria'.
In deepest Molise you can find a small but strangely named town called Capracotta. If you are looking for just one reason to visit this forgotten corner of Italy, then go just to say you went to a place called 'Cooked Goat'.
It is a town with a surprisingly active tourist promotion relative to the rest of the region and the mascot, suitably enough, is a goat on skis. We also have a cd of music from the Appennines which features an ode to Capracotta. Being Italy's least visited region you will also find yourself alone and only occasionally meet a fellow visitor from abroad. Caprcotta lies 39 km from the regional capital of Molise, Isernia and is 220 km from Rome. It sits at 1421 meters in altitude and is the highest comune in the Southern Appennines.
Taking place at Campobasso in the first week of June is Corpus Domini. It is probably the most important of all the festivals in the region and involves a procession of the 'Misteri' carried on the shoulders of the people through the city streets.
These are moving depictions of sacred events and miracles originally created by Paolo Saverio Di Zinno in 1740 and are represented by children suspended on iron and wooden structures which parade through the town. They range from the apparition of the angels to San Crispino to the two ploughs with which Saint Isodoro enchanted the owner of the land he was working on. In all they are homages to S.Isidoro, S. Crispino, S. Gennaro, Abramo, Maria Maddalena, S. Antonio Abate, Immacolata, S.Leonardo, S. Rocco, Assunta, S.Michele, S. Nicola and SS. Cuore di Gesù.