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Until 1963, Molise was part of a territory known as the Abruzzi and Molise. The terminology dates from the time when the area was part of the Kingdom of Sicily — a heritage that also groups Abruzzo and Molise with the Italian south or Mezzogiorno despite its central location.

Since Molise has not been a region for very long, many people in Italy joke that Molise doesn’t exist (“Molise non esiste.”) Most Molisani are in on the joke and revel in the fact that their “nonexistent” status means that they enjoy a mostly tourist-free corner of the peninsula.

Map of Molise

Molise is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The region is home to two national parks, the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise and the Parco Nazionale del Gargano. These parks offer hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. The region also has a small coastline with several beaches to explore.

Molise has a rich history and culture. Visit the ancient Roman ruins in the town of Sepino, the medieval castle in Isernia, and the beautiful cathedral in Termoli. The town of Agnone is home to a bell foundry that supplies church bells to the Vatican.