Waahoo, next trip booked and leave approved!
I’m heading for Molise and Puglia this trip.
“I know where Puglia is but where is Molise?” …you ask:
Molise is Italy’s youngest region splitting off from Abruzzo in 1963 and only becoming effectively independent in 1970. It has a low population density compared with the rest of Italy: 72 inhabitants per km2 as compared to 2232 people per km2 in Rome. The population barely remains stable, many years declining with many small villages shrinking significantly.
“Why are you going there?” you ask. Well, my research shows:
-In Molise there is delicious food!
all pictures c/o Wiki commons
Tintilia grapes c/o Wiki commons
-Walking: This is the crux of my trip, I’m heading for the Tratturi which are the ancient paths used by farmers to move livestock seasonally from high to low land. This tradition is referred to as the transumanza.
Photo from http://www.morronedelsannio.com/il_tratturo.htm
-There is ancient pre-Roman Samnite history:
Santuario dell’Addolorata from Wiki Commons.
-There are zampogne:
-The region encompasses mountains to sea within a small area:
-There are fishing contraptions:
Trabucco in Termoli c/o Wiki Commons.
Forli di Sannio by Wiki Commons.
-Silver cutlery and artisan knives:
Photo credited to http://www.molisedoc.it/?p=36246
Photos from Wiki Commons
Marinelli Pontifical Foundry Photo from Wiki Commons
-and offshore islands :
Isole Tremiti c/o Wiki Commons. (I’ll have my own pix in a few months 🙂 ).
I’ll let you know how it goes. Waahhooooo!