An area consisting completely of mountains and hills, Molise is situated in the south of Italy and remains largely untouched by tourists. It has a small amount of coastline, which unlike the rest of Italy’s crowded beaches stays quiet and private in the summer. It is an incredibly rural region of the country, somewhere to visit if you wish to avoid large crowds of people. In fact, Molise is an incredibly isolated region of Italy, perfect for escaping from the real world during your visit.
However, the region is very easy to get to, being only two hours away from Rome by train, and travel is cheap and easy. Any traveller wanting somewhere less expensive to visit would do well to find a hostel here. Despite its reputation with the rest of Italy, Molise is definitely worth the visit. Although small, it is full of a rich, pre-Roman history, which you can find in its architecture, bathhouses, forums and age-old traditions.
It is best to visit Molise in the summer, whilst every other Italian visitor is elsewhere. The beauty of the region lies in the feeling that tourism has not found this part of the world yet. The area is dominated by beautiful buildings such as Pescolanciano, or the Benedictine Abbey at San Vincenzo al Volturno, and you could spend days visiting the Samnite and Roman attractions.
Just as interesting and entertaining are the endless mountains, has its own ski resort, Campitello Matese, the winter sports destination with the most amount of snow in southern Italy. Molise is perfect for budget travellers looking for somewhere different in Italy. The culture and traditions are rich, there are both mountainous and coastal areas to explore, and each little town has something individual to offer.
However, with the blissful isolation and solitude of the region comes the problem that hostels are few and far between. While there are gorgeous and reasonable hostels out there in Molise, they require a little more hunting for. Agnone and towns like it are more likely to have more accessible hostels, all with the more rural atmosphere. If possible, learn a little Italian, because the experience staying in hostels in this region will be an authentic one, and communicating what you want could be a challenge. But this is what makes Molise such an individual place to visit, and one you are sure to remember Italy best for.
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