The bell tower of the church of S. Matteo Apostolo touches the highest point of the Molise village of Montenero di Bisaccia, perched on a tufa relief over 270 metres above sea level just ten kilometres from the border with Abruzzo. Many know Montenero di Bisaccia because of its tasty ventricina, a fine local sausage, but there are also monuments, places of worship and natural landscapes to explore in the surrounding area.
Close to the historical centre, for example, is the surprising landscape of the Montenero di Bisaccia gullies, which have been passed through for centuries by flocks and shepherds on their seasonal migratory journeys. The gullies are cracks in the earth, which have been eroded and are rich in indigenous flora and fauna: it is said that the first Christians used to gather in prayer in the ancient caves that open up here and there among the gullies.
The area also includes a short stretch of the Adriatic coastline at the mouth of the Trigno River: the Marina di Montenero is the location of pine forests and low cliffs that are ideal for a stopover in nature.