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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Molise

Welcome to Italy in Photos and an immersive visual journey through the fascinating region of Molise: – Molise, a region in south-eastern Italy, is a hidden gem that often goes unnoticed. Despite being one of Italy’s 20 official regions, it has gained a peculiar reputation for being “non-existent” due to its small size and relative obscurity. This has led to the creation of a popular meme, with the hashtag #ilmolisenonesiste being used as a playful jest about the region’s existence. Technically, Molise does exist and holds a status equal to other well-known regions like Tuscany, Lombardy, or Piedmont. It participates in regional elections and contributes to national ones. The region is known for its picturesque landscapes and rich history. It was part of the Abruzzi e Molise region along with Abruzzo until 1963. Covering an area of 4,438 square kilometres, it is the second smallest region in Italy after the Aosta Valley. Despite its size, it boasts a population of over 300,000 people. Molise is split into two provinces: Campobasso and Isernia, with Campobasso also serving as the regional capital. The region is bordered by Abruzzo to the north, Apulia to the east, Lazio to the west, and Campania to the south. It has a beautiful 35-kilometer stretch of sandy coastline on the Adriatic Sea. The countryside of Molise is mostly mountainous, with over half of it covered by mountains and most of the rest by hills that slope down to the sea. This makes it an ideal destination for those who love nature and outdoor activities. Despite being the butt of Italy’s “national joke”, Molise has embraced its unique status. The “Molise conspiracy” has inspired books, songs, videos, theatrical monologues, news articles and more. A popular Facebook page called “Molisn’t” even sells merchandise celebrating the conspiracy. Molise is a fascinating region that combines natural beauty with rich history and culture. Its unique status as Italy’s “non-existent” region only adds to its charm and allure. With Italy in Photos, be transported to Molise’s captivating charm, one image at a time.

The Provinces of Molise

Campobasso – The Province of Campobasso is a beautiful region located in the Molise region of Italy. It is situated in eastern Italy on the Adriatic coast and is bordered in the north by Abruzzo, in the southeast by Apulia and in the south by Campania1. The province covers an area of approximately 2,941 square kilometers and has a total population of 223,871 people. The region is home to 84 comuni (SG: comune) and its capital is the city of Campobasso. The province is rich in history and culture, with the Samnites, a group of Sabellic tribes, dominating this region of Italy, including Campania, from around 600 BC to 290 BC. The territory of the ancient Samnium region was included in the Roman Regio IV Samnium in 290 BC. The eastern part of the province is home to a small Croatian minority who speak an archaic dialect of Croatian. The region is known for its beautiful landscapes, including the Matese Mountains, which offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The province is also home to many historic sites, including the Castello Monforte, a medieval castle located in the city of Campobasso. The region is also famous for its delicious cuisine, which includes dishes such as cavatelli, a type of pasta, and lamb cooked with artichokes.

Isernia – The Province of Isernia is a mountainous area in the Molise region of Italy, with a rich history and culture. The provincial capital is the city of Isernia, which dates back to the ancient Samnite civilization and was later a Roman colony. The city has a beautiful medieval center, a Roman bridge, and a cathedral that was rebuilt after an earthquake in 1805. The province is also home to the San Vincenzo al Volturno monastery, a Benedictine abbey that was founded in the 8th century and was a center of learning and art. The province has a population of about 86,000 inhabitants and covers an area of 1,535 square kilometers. It has 52 municipalities, each with its own traditions and attractions. The province is known for its natural beauty, its gastronomy, and its festivals, such as the feast day of Pope Celestine V, who was born near Isernia and canonized in 1313.

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