Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Molise

Saepinum

One of Molise’s hidden treasures, the Roman ruins of Saepinum are among the best preserved and least visited in the country. Unlike Pompeii and Ostia Antica, which were both major ports, Saepinum was a small provinc…
Top Choice Museum in Chieti

Museo Archeologico Nazionale d'Abruzzo – Villa Frigerj

Housed in a neoclassical villa in the Villa Comunale park, Abruzzo's chief archaeological museum displays a comprehensive collection of local finds, illuminating Chieti's three millennia of existence. While the prim…
Top Choice Museum in Isernia

Museo Paleolitico di Isernia

Built around the adjacent 730,000-year-old archaeological site of La Pineta, this intriguing museum includes piles of elephant and rhino bones, the remains of ancient lions, fossils, and stone tools left by our ance…
Christian Site in Sulmona

Eremo di Sant’Onofrio al Morrone

This cliff-clinging hermitage with its 15th-century ceiling, 13th-century frescoes, narrow oratory and arched porticoes cowers under a massive rock face in the Morrone Mountains. It was here in a grotto beneath the …
Archaeological Site in Sulmona

Santuario di Ercole Curino

Sitting below the Sant’Onofrio hermitage, this sanctuary was originally thought to be the house of Sulmona-born poet Ovid when it was first uncovered in the 1950s, but statues later found confirmed it as a Roman-era…
Museum in Pescara

Museo delle Genti d'Abruzzo

Located on a quiet road parallel to the river on the opposite bank from the centre, this wonderful museum illustrates Abruzzo peasant culture. The information is mainly in Italian, but the objects in the 16 themed r…
Basilica in L'Aquila

Basilica di Santa Maria di Collemaggio

Badly damaged in the 2009 earthquake, this stunning basilica, which guards the mausoleum of Pope Celestine V, remains under wraps for restoration. It's one of the masterpieces of Abruzzese Romanesque architecture, a…
Church in Molise

Abbazia di San Vincenzo al Volturno

Founded in the 8th century, the Abbazia di San Vincenzo al Volturno is famous for its cycle of 9th-century frescoes by Epifanio (824–842). The abbey, one of the foremost monastic and cultural centres in 9th-century …
Piazza in Sulmona

Piazza Garibaldi

The large town square is home to Sulmona's extensive Wednesday and Saturday morning market: you'll find fresh fish, veg, fruit and flowers, as well as the ubiquitous porchetta van, selling pork in a roll. Along Cors…
Abbey in Sulmona

Abbazia di Santo Spirito Al Morrone

It’s hard to miss this massive 13th-century Celestine abbey in Badia, close to the sheer western slopes of the Morrone mountains. Notable for its monumental staircase, religious frescoes and old pharmacy, its main s…