Marina Sveva invites you to get to know the history and traditions of the Molise. Leave the sea behind and dive into the countryside until you reach Agnone.
This was the land of the Samnites, where age-old traditions come to life and feed the senses in a mix of different experiences. There we can relive these traditions that have been passed down with passion and dedication.
THE LAND OF THE TRANSUMANZA
The Di Nucci Family from the town of Capracotta, has produced cheese in the traditions connected to the Transumanza, or transhumance of sheep, since 1662. For eleven generations, the production of cheese and pasta has passed from father to son. Visit these cheese makers and taste will take your imagination away to the sheep paths of the Molisani high pastures.
Since 1200 the workers at the Marinelli foundry have not changed their method of production. They do things the same as they did in the Middle Ages, with the same mastery and professionalism they always have. The master bell-maker Pasquale Marinelli will show how to cast bronze and then play a live concert on the bells.
SAMNITE AND ROMAN RELICS
Next we head to Pietrabbondante. There the vast archeological complex made up of sanctuaries and a theater holds evidence of how the federation of Samnites met to discuss politics, economy and war.
On the way back our guide will show us the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Canneto where we can admire the archeological site of a rural Roman villa that was once used for the trading of wine and oil.
Not to miss:
- The historical center of Agnone
- The Church of Sant’Emidio ad Agnone
- Tasting Molisano caciocavallo cheese
- Hiking to the ancient copper foundries
- Bell concert at the Marinelli foundry
- The ‘ndocciata celebration on December 8
- Tasting the ventricina
- The Samnite temple in Pietrabbondante
- The Rural Roman Villa
- The Sanctuary of Maria del Canneto
Agnone and Pietrabbondante are the primary destination of our day out
The itinerary covers a total distance of 90 km.
Tasting of typical local products in the Alto Molise inn. Marina Sveva recommends having lunch at the Locanda Mammì, an old family barn where Stefania will offer you typical Molisana cuisine with modern cooking techniques. Her dishes will immerse you in the flavors and smells of this land.