ITALY – Molise

$4,600.00

AN UNDISCOVERED GEM

Molise is a mountainous region with a wealth of little gems scattered all over the territory, often in the most unexpected places or hidden in nearly inaccessible mountain villages, at the end of scenic, but challenging roads. All of this, of course, makes it a paradise for travelers wishing to explore Italy on an offbeat road trip.

The Rural Village Stay le Sette Querce

11-day tour September 26th – October 6th, 2022

Day by day itinerary

 

Day one: Departure from the USA (Las Vegas or other major USA city)

Day two: Welcome aperitif, dinner

Arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport. Transfer to the structure Rural village le Sette Querce

Check in, welcome aperitif with wines and local products. Visit the village on the carriage pulled by donkeys. Dinner with products of the territory and traditional recipes. Musical show.

Day three: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, entertainment

After breakfast departure to the Sacred Complex of the fourth century BC. built at 950 m above sea level, by the Samnite people. Pietrabbondante with temples, theater, craft shops, and domus publica was the place where the entire Samnite population gathered to plan military strategies against the Romans.

Continue to Agnone. The settlement of Lombard origin and great center of craft activities in the twelfth century with the presence of Venetian artists and artisans who came in the wake of the Borrello family.

Among these, the Marinelli family, founder and owner of the thousand-year-old bell foundry that since 1924, with Pius XI, was portrayed by the Papal Coat of Arms. We will visit the museum and the pontifical foundry.

The day will continue with a walk in the historic center towards the Venetian district with a visit to the Emidiana Library at the church of Saint Emidio.

Return to the hotel, dinner, entertainment

Day four: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Pompeii is one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world. We will visit the Roman city covered with the ashes of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD to learn about the life of the Romans of that era, through streets, fountains, houses, baths, taverns. We will visit the Forum, the Temple of Apollo, the great Amphitheater, the oldest stone construction ever discovered, home to bloody battles between gladiators, the wonderful House of the Faun, an ancient villa of over 3000 square meters, one of the oldest and most majestic houses in the city.

Naples-The Neapolitan subsoil. A network of tunnels and underground tanks of over 2,000,000 square meters used during the Second World War as a refuge from the disastrous bombings. The first artifacts date back to about 5,000 years ago. Subsequently, in the third century BC, the Greeks opened the first underground quarries to obtain the blocks of tuff necessary to construct the walls and temples of their Neapolis and dug a series of funerary hypogea. The impressive development of the underground network began in Roman times with a complex network of aqueducts.

A walk in the historic center and dinner with Neapolitan pizza.

One of the oldest cities in Europe, whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through the squares and narrow streets of the historic center, in a picturesque and timeless atmosphere you will fall in love with this pearl of the Mediterranean.

Return to the hotel

Day five: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Scapoli is a village of bagpipe builders. A town of medieval origin that preserves in its ancient urban nucleus a museum dedicated to the bag aerophone with a collection of instruments from all over the world. During our visit we will have the opportunity to visit the artisan workshop of a master conductor.

Rocchetta a Volturno – Visit to the International Museum of the World Wars. One of the largest museums in Italy for the number of exhibits, dedicated to the First and Second World Wars, born of the passion of the two directors in the territory where the Italian Liberation Corps was born.

Cooking Class – Italy is famous in the world for its beautiful landscapes, historical, artistic, but also for the flavors of its table. Pasta, bread, pizza are the excellences that best represent it in the world. A chef will teach you how to make homemade bread following the ancient recipes of the local tradition.

Return to the hotel, dinner

Day six: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, entertainment

Matrice – Santa Maria Della Strada – Along the sheep tracks in Pescasseroli Candela is located the church of Santa Maria della Strada in Matrice. The building was consecrated in 1148 and for its location was certainly an important resting place for pilgrims who went from the internal territories of the current Molise to the sanctuaries of Puglia.

Larino – The ancient Larinum, a Roman municipality, extended over a large fertile area that overlooked the valley floor of the lower course of the Biferno river. It was also located at the center of important roads that allowed its rapid development thanks to the numerous and profitable commercial exchanges. Visit to the forum, the amphitheater, the baths, the domus

Termoli Termoli is one of the most picturesque villages of Molise that stands on a rocky promontory on the Adriatic Sea. The city’s symbolic monument is the cathedral of Santa Maria della Purificazione which preserves the relics of San Basso and San Timoteo, beautiful example of Romanesque architecture in Molise.

In the village, surrounded by ancient walls, you can also visit the Swabian castle whose structure was enhanced by Frederick II, and from the outside path you can admire the trebuchet, an ancient palisade fishing machine.

Return to the hotel, dinner, entertainment

Day seven: Breakfast, lunch (bagged), dinner

Caserta, the Royal Palace the “little Versailles of the Kingdom of Naples” last great jewel of the Italian Baroque, built at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at the behest of the royal family of the Bourbons of Naples and designed by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli.

Grand, imposing, extraordinary in its beauty and richness so much to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an unmissable destination for anyone visiting Campania.

The visit itinerary includes the monumental Royal Palace with the Hall of Halberdiers and the Hall of the Bodyguards, the Hall of Alexander and the Hall of Mars, the Hall of Astrea, the Throne Room and the Council Room. In addition, of course, to the apartments of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Palatine Library, the beautiful Hall of the crib, the Royal Hall, the Vestibule and the famous Palatine Chapel. The wonderful Garden Park of the Royal Palace, one of the most beautiful in Europe with panoramic views, water games, waterfalls and cascades, sculptures, caves and monumental fountains.

Return to the hotel, dinner

Day eight: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, entertainment

Campobasso is a territory inhabited since the Samnite era and urban nucleus of Lombard origin. Campus Vassorum developed strongly in the Norman era and later with the great families of the Monforte, which gives its name to the imposing castle and the gods of Capua. Visit the historic center, the Samnite Museum and the museum of mysteries.

IserniaThrough the historic center of Isernia “the first capital of Italy” to admire the signs of its evolution in history. The remains of the sacred area, below the neoclassical cathedral dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle, tell the religion, society and politics of almost two thousand and five hundred years ago.

Visit to the Paleolithic Museum of Isernia – the pine forest dating back to 600,000 years ago where there is the oldest human find in Europe.

Return to the hotel, dinner, entertainment

Day nine: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

San Vincenzo al Volturno is one of the most important abbeys in Europe from the time of Charlemagne. We will visit the remains of the churches, refectory, kitchens, guesthouse and major basilica of the 9th century. On the site, in the crypt of Epiphanius (visible only to small groups) there is also one of the most important pictorial cycles of the whole early Middle Ages linked to the figure of Mary.

Dating back to the twelfth century is instead the so-called New Abbey where still today, in continuity with the medieval monastic tradition, a Benedictine community operates.

The medieval village perched on travertine is certainly one of the most beautiful in all of Italy. To frame the town is the important Mainarde chain, the upper Volturno valley and the magnificent lake. Visit to the village, to the gates, to the churches, the museum of the Apennine fauna, to the small museum of ancient objects.

Return to the hotel, dinner

Day ten: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Venafro

Ancient city of Roman origin that had numerous and valuable remains of this era in its historic center: the theater, the amphitheater, the numerous inscriptions and sculptures incinto the buildings.

We will visit the Pandone castle with the marvelous sixteenth-century frescoes created by Enrico Pandone, lord of the city, with horses in low-level life-size.

Venafro is also the city of oil, the most famous and expensive in the whole Roman Empire. To praise the quality of the precious Venafrano oil were Cato, Orazio, Plinio, Giovenale. The tour includes a short visit to the historic olive tree regional park and a course of extra virgin olive oil tasters.

Monteroduni

Molise is also a land of grapes, almonds, hazelnuts. We will visit, with tasting, the Valerio Winery to learn about the DOC wines of the Region combined with the flavors of the territory and the Papa Chocolate factory, famous in Italy and in the world.

Return to the hotel, dinner and entertainment.

Day eleven: Return to USA

Breakfast

Transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport

Price $4, 600 Includes: (price guaranteed till March 6th, 2022)

Flight from Las Vegas or other Major USA airport to Rome/return to USA

Transfers (airport to hotel/hotel to airport)

 

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