Welcome to Isernia
With roots stretching back to the pre-Roman Samnites and beyond (to our proto-human ancestors), the city known to the Romans as Aesernia is historically rich. This may not be immediately apparent, as earthquakes and a massive WWII bombing raid have spared little of its original centro storico. But spend some time and you'll discover an undemonstrative old town harbouring sights such as the Fontana Fraterna, a 19th-century fountain built of ancient Roman stones; the 14th-century Cattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo and various Roman and medieval arches and statuary. Among all that, you'll also stumble across some wonderful trattorias doing real Molisan food for the locals.
But the main historical draw is La Pineta, a 700,000 year-old archaeological site that is one of Europe's oldest proto-human links and has an intriguing museum.