What you need to know before traveling to Isernia

The province of Isernia is located in the central Italian region of Molise. The capital city of the province, also called Isernia, has ancient origins, dating back to the Paleolithic. True Isernia culture, though, didn't start until around the time of the Samnites, who populated the area before being suppressed by the Romans. Subsequently, the Normans and the Aragonese also governed the city. Given its ancient origins, Isernia attractions include quite a bit of archaeological remains, some dating as far back as 700,000 years ago. The Cathedral itself was built over an Italic temple dating to the 3rd century BC, dedicated to the gods Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. Among other Isernia sights is the Fontana Fraterna, a fountain built in the 1200's and dedicated to Pope Celestine V. You should also visit some of the other towns and cities of the province, such as Castel del Giudice, where you’ll find the remains of a castle. Check out the town of Venafro, where you can walk through the historical center of the city built upon Roman ruins, some of which are still visible. If you’re looking for some entertainment while you’re in Molise for a weekend, Isernia could be just right.

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