Molise: Italy’s Last Undiscovered Region

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Molise is the last undiscovered region in Italy. The region is wild and untouched and just amazing to explore.

That is a bold statement to make about Molise, Italy, but that’s according to Wikipedia.

Undiscovered in general is difficult to find in Europe.  It’s one of the things I miss most about being in Canada. There, it’s not uncommon to spend an entire day in the mountains without seeing another soul.

Valleys and mountains seen from the village of Pescocostanzo

Where is Molise in Italy?

Molise is a quiet and untouched region in Italy that offers you solitude. Whether your soul searching or just need peace away from the craziness that is out of everyday lives, Molise offers all of this. 

With one of the lowest population densities in all of Italy, solitude, wilderness, and heck even brown bears await you! Don’t worry…they’re friendly….and only found in selected areas…or so I hear!

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Mountains of Molise

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Molise is small and it is made up of many small towns that scatter the region. There about 136 in total but only 106 are populated. The region’s economy survives on agriculture, with small farm holdings that produce high-quality products being the main activity.

Here you will find mountains, pastures and small stretches of beach near the coastline. I think Molise is one of those perfect places in Italy to visit over the summer as it doesn’t become overcrowded.

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Map of Molise, Italy

Travelling Around Molise

I traveled around Molise by train.  Not just any train mind you, but a private train organized through Molise Discovery Leisure Train Tour (now called Kolidur Travel Club).  SNAP! 

OK I kid, it’s actually very affordable with a  50 – 70km train ride costing €45 adult. You will be serenaded by costumed folk singers and served local home-made delicacies and espresso in the tiny doll-size cups that Italians love so much!

It’s unlike any train ride I’ve ever been on. But without a doubt, the best part is what’s outside the train:

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Train travel through Molise is a relaxing way to explore the countryside.
Train travel is a great way to explore Molise, especially when it’s a private train as we took!
Mountainous landscape seen from Montedimezzo Nature Reserve
Mountain views as seen from Montedimezzo Nature Reserve
Hiking trails in Montedimezzo Nature Reserve
Hiking trails in Montedimezzo Nature Reserve
Visit the gigantic tree in Montedimezzo Nature Reserve
Me standing in front of the gigantic tree see found in the Montedizmezzo Nature Reserve.

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It’s not simply enough to just look at it though, you’ll want to experience it either by hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding.

Fortunately, these activities can be organized by Kolidur Travel Club who organizes day, weekend and seven-day tours. And did I mention the medieval villages? Or food? The food is to die for. 

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Take a Road Trip Off The Beaten Path

Road tripping is one of the most popular ways to explore Italy and doing it through Molise is one of the most adventurous things that you could do. There are only 40km of motorway and 2 main roads that lead inland from the coast. Many of the mountain villages are hard to reach as there are only rural roads. But if you love adventure this is the best part.

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Ruins in Molise

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The region has a multitude of old Roman ruins that you can discover on your way. The best part about this? There are no lines! You will meet locals and see how they go about their lives. Recently vineyards have cropped back up in the region and you can pass by them and stop for a taster. But don’t have too much if you are driving of course. 

So pull out your old paper map and navigate this undiscovered region. Maybe get lost a little and take home an authentic Italian experience.

Live In Molise 

Recently the Molise region has been shrinking in population making it Italy’s most underpopulated regions. But they have come up with the most innovative solution. Pay people to live there. I am dead serious about this. There have been several calls from the locals asking people to come to settle down in Molise in order to help bring up the local economy.

They are willing to pay €700 per month for up to three years to anyone willing to relocate there. The only catch? You have to open a business. But even better, they’re willing to give you money to start a business. How great is this!

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Accommodation in Molise, Italy

Hotel San Giorgio is located in Campobasso which is the capital of the region. This beautifully furnished 4-Star hotel is perfect for your stay in Modise. The hotel has an authentic Italian feel to it. You can enjoy some authentic cuisine at the hotel restaurant.

Dependance Ludovica is a bed & breakfast is located in Termoli. This beautiful property has a great atmosphere with its stone walls and wooden flooring. It is located just a few minute’s walk from the ferries which will take you to the Tremiti islands where you can explore more of the region.

Country house Casale Kolidur is located in Guardiaregia. The house offers spacious rooms that are furnished in a traditional style. You can spend time in the shared lounge or on the massive terrace where you can enjoy the garden. There is an onsite restaurant and some great cycling trails that are easily accessed from the property.

You’ll also find a great selection of VRBOs in the region. 

Tours to Molise

Enjoy a wine tasting tour through Larino. The tour will take you to the vineyards that produce Tintilia, the local Molise wine. You will end your tour with a wholesome lunch of local cuisine paired with 6 different wines.

I’ve been fortunate enough to hike in the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites and hike from Bologna to Florence and in the famed Cinque Terre, but only a bit in Molise and I can’t wait to do more.

Are you ready to explore Molise, Italy’s last undiscovered region?

Disclosure:  Thank you to Kolidur Travel Club for making my visit possible.  As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

14 thoughts on “Molise: Italy’s Last Undiscovered Region”

  1. Hi Laurel, this is Francesco, I live in Isernia so in Molise…to be exact the most beautiful part of it close to the Natinal Park PNALM (Parco Nazionale Abruzzo Lazio e Molise)
    nice to read your article and it is nice to see there are “adveturous” traveller discovering our beautiful area.
    I’m trying to let people discover our beuties too that’s why me and some other friends take tourist visiting the most scenic parts of our mountains by off road cars,
    Next time you will be here join us for an “adventure ride”, till that moment take a look to our site, you will find lots of beautiful photos and videos.


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