Tripping through Molise

Molise is Italy’s second smallest region geographically (next to Aosta in the north) and has a rather miniscule population – only 300,000 people.  While doing research online to find good travel destinations in the area, we found very little written on activities or towns.  However, we stumbled upon three great places: Trivento, Agnone, and Scapoli.  Trivento is a tiny town perched on a mountaintop that enjoys a sweeping 360 degree view of the surrounding valley.  However, anziani (old people) beware: there are no less than 5,000 steps in this town.  After an hour, we were soaked in sweat and in serious need of a shower.  In Agnone, we had the pleasure of visiting the Pontificia Fonderia Marinelli, the oldest foundry in Italy and a major producer of church bells, all designed and fabricated by hand.  Scapoli gained its fame from its production of handcrafted zampogne (Italian bagpipes), and hosts a festival each year in July that attracts thousands of zampoga fans from around the world…. [Read More]