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In the centre of a valley between the Mainarde mountains to the north-west and the Matese to the south-east, Isernia and its province conceal unexpected surprises, especially for trekking and nature lovers. Although it is certainly not at the top of the rankings of the most sought-after destinations, the city boasts the presence of important cultural attractions such as the National Palaeolithic Museum and the striking Cathedral of St Peter the Apostle, built on the remains of an ancient pagan building.

Its surroundings are rich in inspiration. From a visit to the Montedimezzo wildlife reserve and the medieval village of Roccamandolfi, where you can stroll over the striking Tibetan bridge, surrounded by greenery and suspended above the Callora river, to the natural paradise of Frosolone, a town of cliffs appreciated above all by free-climbing enthusiasts. On the other hand, if you are looking for a few hours of relaxation, in Castel San Vincenzo you can rest on the shores of its lake for swimming.

The art of lace worked with tombolo is an all-Isern and all-female art. Introduced to Isernia in the 15th century by the Aragonese, for centuries it was the main occupation of young women from noble families destined for the cloistered life, consecrated in the Benedictine convent of S. Maria delle Monache. Then training in tombolo work, handed down from mother to daughter, entered the tradition of houses. A section of the Civic Museum of Memory and History is dedicated to the Isernino tombolo.


86170 Isernia, Province of Isernia, Italy

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