Situated in south-central Italy and present in the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise, sparsely populated Molise is Italy's second smallest region.
Although one of its most beautiful, Molise remains largely undiscovered by mainstream tourism. The rugged landscape is dotted with little hilltop towns, the Apennine mountains giving way to gentle rolling hills, culminating in long sandy beaches and pristine sea. Conserving age-old traditions, this mainly agricultural region offers visitors an authentic taste of Italy without the crowds.
The town of Montenero di Bisaccia.
The territory of Montenero di Bisaccia has its own beach and sits on the Abruzzo/Molise border, an excellent position from which to explore both regions. The town gets it's name from the ancient town of Bisaccia, at the foot of the hill it now dominates. Once covered with thick forests, the inhabitants of Bisaccia fled here during the Barbaric invasions.
The hills behind make an interesting drive with little towns where one will always find somewhere to have a meal or just sit and have a drink in some little square or other. During the summer, the main towns have an impressive amount of free events on and you can usually get a list of these at the town hall or on the Internet. Don't miss the many local sagras(festas), there's always one on in some town or other.
"This area is unspoiled rural farm country, but the food culture is sophisticated and varied. Along the coast the most fresh and perfect seafood is served, while elsewhere grass fed lamb, beef and poultry are prepared traditionally. The area proudly produces great wine, cheese and sausage" - Charlie, a guest from New Hampshire who stayed three months at the villa.
Some things to do while staying at Villa Masseria:
- Lazy day on one of the many beaches close by.
- Day trip to The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise with it’s amazing fauna – Great for walkers!.
- A fish meal on one of the Trabucchi dotted along the coast.
- The Roman ruins of Sepinium, among the best preserved but least visited in the country.
- The Tremiti Islands, easily accessible from Termoli.
- Termoli, Capracotta, San Martino in Pensilis, Oratino, Agnone,Vasto (the old town), Vasto (Acqualand water Park- fun for kids small and big!), San vito