The medieval centre with a long staircase
In the Valle del Trigno, in the province of Campobasso, perched on a hill is the small town of Trivento, inhabited since Samnite times. The entire area is dotted with forests of larch and oak and formations of rocky spurs.
Trivento is characterised by a historical centre full of stone buildings and wonderful views. Like the one offered by the steps of San Nicola: 365 white limestone steps form the main access to the Piazza del Duomo.
The Church of San Nicola di Bari dates from the 16th century. It was later restored in Baroque style with a gabled roof, a brick-and-plaster façade and a bell gable.
The main place of worship is the Basilica of San Casto dedicated to the patron saints Nazario, Celso and Vittore. The cathedral is of Romanesque origin and stands on an early Christian crypt, itself built on a temple of Diana. Its seven small naves are surmounted by cross vaults, richly decorated with frescoes.
A notable highlight Trivento is its fountains – follow the “percorso dell’acqua” or “water route” on a tour of the six fountains made of cast iron and limestone, built in the 1930s.