Following on from last week’s horse-riding tour of Molise, for which, I still have the bruises. It was great to be offered an opportunity to stay on, and accept an invitation to continue with a train tour of this beautiful, and surprising region of Italy. The tour will take place over the period 21st – 24th October, 2013 and organised by Kolidur Travel Club, as part of the European project “Adristorical Lands Road Show”.
I’d spent the weekend in a mountain village of Pesche, which wasn’t quite the relaxing weekend anticipated, but that’s another story. I’m now looking forward to the train journey, exploring some more of a lovely, and relatively unknown region of the country.
It will also be a bit of a reunion, as I’ll be meeting up with a few friends from past trips, and a couple which I know from social media. The organisers have put together an exciting, and fascinating itinerary. It will be a great trip, please feel free to follow the adventure on Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #inMolise, or #withMoliseDiscovery.
pm - All group members should have arrived, check-in at the hotel, and a welcome meeting to present the tour programme.
Dinner – will be followed by a night tour of Campobasso, the regions largest city; an opportunity to see the historic centre, which I’m assured is especially photogenic in the evening.
Breakfast – then departure from Campobasso train station for a train tour along the old railway “Carpinone – Sulmona”. An adventure crossing the Molise and Abruzzo territories, where we will be able to discover history, culture and flavours of these untouched lands.
am - Arrival to San Pietro Avellana railway station in Molise Heights. Then transfer by shuttle bus, and mountain bikes to the National Park “Montedimezzo”, one of the 7 MAB “Man and Biosphere” areas in Italy and the headquarters of the national forest rangers. We will then split into smaller groups for guided excursions of our guests’ choice by jeep, mountain bikes or walking, with different emphasises on nature or archaeology.
Lunch will be a leisurely affair in a typical stone house restaurant.
pm - Departure by bus to the Sanniti archeological site at Pietrabbondante. A guided tour of the archaeological site; the most important Italic site located on gigantic rocks overlooking the Verrino Valley.
Evening - Departure by bus to the medieval village of Agnone, one of the most appreciated medieval villages in Molise, often named “Atene del Sannio”, which means Temple of Sannio. It was once the cultural centre of ancient Sannio, therefore the most important village in the area. It has a rich history, and is a traditional site of great cultural and artistic significance for the region.
We will also enjoy a guided tour, and apéritif at the most ancient bell foundry in the world, the famous Marinelli Foundry, which has produced hand-crafted church bells from more than 1200 years.
The tour will then leave by bus to Bagnoli del Trigno, and check in our accommodation in the Centro Benessere “Domus Area”
Dinner – will be at the “Calice Rosso” restaurant, in the Hotel, and afterwards there maybe some free time for sight-seeing in the historic centre of Bagnoli del Trigno.
Breakfast – will be followed by a short transfer to Carovilli train station for the scenic train journey, continuing on the old railway “Carpinone – Sulmona” heading to Majella National Park at 1300 meters. We will arrive at Palnea station in the heart of the National Park, and explore the charming village of Pescocostanzo by guided shuttle bus.
After a light lunch based on typical local products at Palena railway station, we will return to Isernia, by the scenic route.
pm - Arrival in Isernia, and transfer to the paleolithic, archaeological site at “La Pineta”. This is the oldest archaeological in Europe, dating back at least 730.000 years. It features the Homo Aeserniensis, first hominid ever found in Europe, and primitive traces of the first use of fire, coloured dyes. and hundreds of stone tools including scrapers, arrow-heads, razors.
Evening – A guided tour in the historic centre of Isernia, and short visit at Santa Maria delle Monache Museum, before check-in at our hotel, and dinner in a charming typical local restaurant in Isernia historic centre.
I’m really looking forward to exploring a new, exciting region of Italy, and sharing the adventure with friend and with you using #inMolise, and #withMoliseDiscovery, please follow our expedition on Twitter and Instagram. The journey should at least be more comfortable than the horse-riding!