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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 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…
Top Choice Seafood in Termoli

Svevia

Attached to the Residenza Sveva, and doing perhaps the best seafood in this town of fish restaurants, Svevia occupies an 18th-century palazzo a stone's throw from Termoli's cathedral. Pasta dishes such as cicatelli …
Osteria in Isernia

Nabucco Osteria Verdi

Typical of the generosity and unabashed home-style cooking of Isernia's best osterie, this friendly place is a great way to experience the food of Molise. Secondi (perhaps tagliata di manzo, strips of beef with rock…
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 …
Archaeological Site in Molise

Samnite Theatre-Temple Complex

About 30km northeast of Isernia, outside Pietrabbondante, the remains of a 3rd-century-BC Samnite theatre-temple complex reward a visit, as much as anything for their panoramic setting high above the rolling green c…
Cathedral in Termoli

Cattedrale di Santa Maria della Purificazione

Termoli's majestic 12th-century cathedral is a masterpiece of Puglian-Romanesque architecture. The cream-coloured facade features a striking round-arched central portal. The remains of an earlier basilica and a paga…
Museum in Campobasso

Museo Sannitico

Samnite ceramics found in Castello Monforte are now on show at the small Museo Sannitico, along with weapons, armour and sculptures from local archaeological sites. The Samnites were the pre-Roman nation that once c…
Castle in Campobasso

Castello Monforte

At the top of a steep tree-lined avenue sits this squat, quadrangular tower, much of which was built in the 15th and 16th centuries after the original Norman castle was damaged by earthquake in 1456. The views towar…
Seafood in Termoli

Ristorante Da Nicolino

Well regarded by locals, this discreet restaurant near the entrance to the old town serves some of the best seafood in town. Highly recommended is the brodetto alla termolese (fish soup of Termoli) and the stuffed s…