Places of worship and green trails in the heart of Molise
Isernia and its province offer unexpected surprises, especially for trekking and nature enthusiasts. A historically little-visited tourist destination, the city boasts cultural attractions like the National Museum of the Paleolithic and the striking Cathedral of St Peter the Apostle, built on the remains of an ancient pagan building.
Between the valleys of Bojano and Carpinone, near the provincial capital, stands the Basilica Minore dell’Addolorata, or the Santuario di Castelpetroso, a Gothic-style place of worship dedicated to the apparition of the Virgin Mary. It is also nicknamed the “Little Italian Lourdes”.
When in the province, be sure to visit the Montedimezzo Nature Reserve and the medieval village of Roccamandolfi, where you can walk across the striking Tibetan bridge, immersed in greenery and suspended above the Callora river. Daring visitors will find a natural paradise in Frosolone, a town of crags that is especially popular among free-climbing enthusiasts. Or, if you are looking for a few hours of relaxation, in Castel San Vincenzo you can rest on the shores of its beautiful swimming lake.