Campobasso: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Little known for tourism, this small town manages to surprise those who come to visit it a few days, with its monuments, architecture and the beauty of the landscape that surrounds it. It rises 700 meters above sea level between the Biferno and Fortore rivers, in the enchantment of the Sannio Mountains surrounded by hills planted with vines and its historic center offers many testimonies of different historical periods and is seat of the University of Molise and two important military schools. The entire Molise region is not yet a popular tourist destination, but for some years the territorial institutions have been working to promote the territory and what it offers, in the best way and the first to notice it were the Americans, who here began to buy old ruins and farmhouses to renovate and come on vacation. About Americans: Robert De Niro has his roots in Larino. Let's find out what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Campobasso.



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Campobasso in a weekend
  2. What to see in Campobasso in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Campobasso: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Campobasso
  5. Plan your stay in Campobasso: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Campobasso in a weekend

1 - Monforte Castle

All the urban settlement of the revolves around this magnificent castle, declared national monument and symbol of the city. Dating back to 1375, but the dating is still uncertain, it stands at 790 m asl surrounded by the park of Via Matris and is an unmissable site for its beauty and for the panorama enjoyed from its terraces. Next to the castle is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Monte, dating back to 1354.



  • from Campobasso station it is 1,3 km away on foot in 20 minutes or by bus n ° 14 of the SEAC company at a cost of € 0,60 each way - Get directions
  • from October to March every day from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00 - from April to September every day from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 to 19:30
  • free

2 - Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Erected in 1504 and seriously damaged by the earthquake of 1805, it was completely renovated in the neoclassical style as it is today. The main place of worship of the city, its interior with three naves has frescoes of good historical importance by local masters, polychrome windows and a granite baptismal font from 1745. In 1993 the majestic organ located in the apse was built.

  • is 750 meters from the train station, which can be traveled in 10 minutes or by bus n ° 13 of the SEAC company at a cost of € 0,60 each way - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Museum of the Mysteries

In 1264, Pope Urban IV instituted the feast of Corpus Domini on the second Sunday after Pentecost, while the term mysteries defines medieval representations of a sacred object. In Campobasso this festival has always recreated the atmosphere that was lived in that historical period on the day of Corpus Domini and the Museum collects period costumes, photographs and catalogs. Arranged over two rooms, there is a third for the projections of period films.



  • on foot from the station in 15 minutes or by bus n ° 9 of the SEAC company at a cost of € 0,60 each way - Get directions
  • every day from 9:00 to 11:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00
  • free

4 - Samnite Museum

In the city center, this museum exhibits ancient artifacts found in the Sannio area, the current Molise. Inside, the museum exhibition is divided into five sections organized according to a chronological and thematic criterion. It offers objects from various eras but especially from the Roman one.

  • covering 800 meters from the train station in 13 minutes or by bus no.2 of the SEAC company at a cost of € 0,60 each way - Get directions
  • every day from 9:00 to 13:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30
  • free

5 - Palazzo Pistilli

Stately home dating back to 1783, in one part of the building it offers a private collection donated to the state in 2014. The exhibition is on two floors and presents nearly 200 works from three centuries in chronological order and in a very refined and elegant environment; many of them have as their subject the historical period between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A multimedia room allows you to view interesting documentaries on the birth and life of the museum itself.

  • covering 900 meters from the train station in 15 minutes or by bus no.2 of the SEAC company at a cost of € 0,60 each way - Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 to 19:00
  • Full € 2,00 - Integrated with Sannitico € 5,00 - Reduced € 1,00

6 - Church of San Bartolomeo

On the slopes of Monte Monforte, this ancient th century Romanesque church, dedicated to Bartolomeo Apostolo, is contained in size but elegant and with a beautiful portal decorated with columns. The interior has three naves supported by columns joined by round arches, has a beautiful font from 1595 in Renaissance style and some bas-reliefs. Next to the church stands a circular tower in rough mountain stone.



  • it is 1,3 km away on foot in 20 minutes or by bus no.14 of the SEAC company at a cost of € 0,60 each way - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - Villa de Capoa

Beautiful and evocative municipal park overlooking Piazza Savoia, is the place ideal for a relaxing walk among cedars of Lebanon, cypresses, spruces and limes. Designed in a classical style, the avenues are adorned with statues and marble benches. Inside the park, there is the beautiful villa of eighteenth-century origin that the last owner, the countess de Capoa, donated to the city with a will.

  • is 950 meters from the train station, which can be reached on foot in 15 minutes or by bus no.10 of the SEAC company at a cost of € 0,60 each way - Get directions
  • every day from 6: 00 to 21: 00
  • free

8 - Carafa Castle of Ferrazzano

Built between the end of the 1400s and the early 1500s on the ruins of a previous one medieval castle, has been of great strategic importance for the control of the surrounding area. Originally it had a wooden drawbridge that has been destroyed over the centuries and now the access is accessible via a stone bridge. The internal rooms are very beautiful, arranged so as to understand the daily life of the time and where you can admire paintings and important objects.

  • in 15 minutes by car or with the suburban buses of the ATM bus lines departing from the train station - Get directions
  • accessible only by appointment
  • the price varies according to the season, for more info visit the official website

9 - Roman amphitheater - Larino

This is located in Larino, a real Roman city magnificent amphitheater of the Flavian era which perfectly preserves the arena with the podium, the inclined plane of the soul cavea, some vomitoria and the perimeter structures. Of the four main entrances, the one to the north was the famous gate from which the victorious gladiators came out, while the one to the south was intended for the exit of the killed gladiators and animal carcasses. In the surrounding area you can also visit the thermal baths, the remains of a small temple and the necropolis.

  • by car in 50 minutes or by the suburban buses of the SATI company in about 1 hour and departing from the station - Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 13:30 - closed on Monday
  • free

10 - Church of San Giorgio

St. George it is the oldest church in Campobasso, dates back to the th century but was built in Romanesque style on the ruins of an ancient medieval building. Simple and elegant in architecture, like all churches of that period, it does not have any important details inside, but the annexed cemetery is characteristic, which for centuries has welcomed the dead who took care of the parish. Given its position on Monte Monforte, offers the visitor a beautiful panorama.

  • it is 1,3 km away on foot in 20 minutes or by bus no.14 of the SEAC company at a cost of € 0,60 each way - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Campobasso in one day: recommended itinerary

Morning - After a good and substantial breakfast, perhaps with the local patisserie, you can start to get acquainted with the city by taking a relaxing walk to Villa De Capoa, a wonderful park full of avenues, statues and trees. From the park, exit in the direction of Via Milano to get to Museum of the Mysteries and become aware, visiting it, of the typical Molise folklore and then head towards the Monforte Castle, reachable on foot in about 15 minutes. Here it is possible to admire, even internally, the symbol of the city, the nearby sanctuary and the ancient church of St. George as well as enjoying a wonderful view. Coming down from the mountain you also pass in front of the church of San Bartolomeo, then heading towards the historic center, you can stop for a lunch break as soon as you feel tired.

Afternoon - After eating, continue to reach Pistilli Palace with its museum and you must take into account to visit it in no less than 2 hours if you want to admire all the 200 works on display, while just 70 meters away we find the Sannico Museum, also large and worthy of time for a thorough visit. The historic center, in the late afternoon, begins to come to life and the bars begin to offer their cocktails for aperitif time, so between a Spritz and a bit of shopping, after the museum we arrive at the Duomo.

Sera - After a visit to the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and its square, a nice dinner, perhaps washed down with a Biferno Rosso Riserva or a craft beer before returning to the train station or to the car, will be the best way to end the day .

One day itinerary at a glance

  • Breakfast at Caffetteria Iannetta, a refined and elegant environment with an excellent choice of sweet and savory
  • Villa De Capoa - opening hours: every day from 6:00 to 21:00 - ticket price: free
  • Museum of the Mysteries - opening hours: every day from 9:00 to 11:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00 - ticket price: free
  • Castello Monforte - opening hours: from October to March every day from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00 - from April to September every day from 9:00 to 13:00 and from 15:30 at 19:30 - ticket price: free
  • Lunch at Il Sagittario Restaurant, for a simple but quality cuisine
  • Palazzo Pistilli - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 to 19:00 - ticket price: Full: € 2,00 - Integrated with Sannitico € 5,00 - Reduced: € 1,00
  • Sannico Museum - opening hours: every day from 9:00 to 13:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30 - ticket price: free
  • Holy Trinity Cathedral - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  • Dinner at the Sei Torri Restaurant, a restaurant in a refined and young environment.

Where to eat in Campobasso: the best restaurants

  1. Sagittarius: It offers dishes linked to the territory in a simple and informal setting. Excellent quality of meat and abundant appetizers. Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: via Ziccardi, 74 Get directions / tel: (0039) 0874698413
  2. Trattoria De Santis: cozy, well-kept restaurant with friendly staff, offers excellent first courses and selected meats.
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: via Marconi, 147 Get directions / tel: (0039) 3337510821
  3. Six Towers: ristopub in the center that offers first courses and many variations of burgers, all accompanied by an excellent selection of beers, including craft beers.
    Average price per person: € 15,00
    Address and contacts: via Ferrari, 82 Get directions / tel: (0039) 3274120858

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Campobasso

The nightlife of Campobasso develops all through the streets of the historic center, around the Duomo or Piazza Pepe. Many clubs, pubs and restaurants are often crowded thanks to the presence of university and military students. It's easier to find free places on weekends, but booking is now mandatory or you risk staying out. The discos are located in the neighboring towns, but never too far away.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Konig Ludwig: Centrally located, this Bavarian-themed pub offers fast food and streams of beer from 20:00 to 2:00 at night.
    Address: via Vico Percettore, 9 Get directions / Facebook page
  • Mistery Lounge Pub: young and sparkling place in a modern and stylish environment. It opens at 19pm and closes at 00am offering themed evenings, live music and DJ sets.
    Address: Largo San Leonardo Get directions
  • Envy: disco on the SS87 state road, offers dance, commercial and house music and for those who love to dance until late at night
    Address: C.da S. Giovanni in golfo Get directions / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Campobasso: info and useful tips

  • by car from Rome, take the E45 south and then the SS6 in about 3 hours for 230 km; from Naples take the E842 in 2 hours for 160 km; from Bologna it is 530 km in about 6 hours along the A14 and the SS647. By train from Rome it takes 3 hours and 15 minutes in the regional train at a cost of € 15,20; from Naples it takes 3 hours and 30 minutes by regional train at a cost of € 11,25; from Bologna it takes almost 7 hours with one section in Frecciabianca and one in regional for a total of € 60,60; from Bari it is about 4 hours with one section in the regional and one in Frecciabianca at a minimum cost of € 38,10. If you prefer the bus, the Flixbus bus lines offer prices from the main Italian cities starting from € 9,90. The closest airport is Naples which is 154 km away and the CLP bus company connects the two cities with three daily trips departing from Piazza Garibaldi and at a cost of € 8,10
  • Getting around: the city can be explored on foot and the city bus service is efficient and economical
  • Where to park: in via Scalo Ferroviario, there are three convenient parking lots with bus departures very close (Piazzale Stazione FS); in the center there are many paid parking areas with automated columns. All rates start at € 0,50 for each hour of parking.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Church of S. Maria della Strada in Matrice (15 km - 25 minutes); Altilia-Sepino (30 km - 30 minutes); Castropignano (17 km - 20 minutes)

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