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



Isernia represents one of the first sites of human settlement in Europe: the city was inhabited since the Paleolithic and the archaeological finds of the area are dense and important. The territory of Isernia develops onjust Molise and is surrounded by mountains. Both in terms of landscape, art and culture, Isernia offers vast perspectives making the visit of its historic center and the surrounding area highly enjoyable.


Index

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

10 things to see in Isernia in a weekend

1 - Cathedral of San Pietro Apostolo

The Cathedral of Isernia stands on the site of a ancient pagan temple dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, the remains of which are preserved under the current church, built in the Greek-Byzantine style in the early medieval period. Over the centuries the church has suffered considerable damage and has been renovated several times, partially modifying its original appearance.



  • 13 minutes walk from the station square; 3 minutes walk from piazza Giosuè Carducci. Get directions
  • Always accessible in compliance with religious functions.
  • Free

2 - Arch of St. Peter

La Bell tower of the Cathedral, built after the earthquake of 1349, is commonly called "Arco di San Pietro", because at the base it proposes an arch useful to guarantee the passage of Corso Marcelli. The bell tower served both the Cathedral and the church of San Paolo and is built as a square tower in the Gothic style with pointed arches, divided into four orders, including the civic clock.


  • 13 minutes walk from the station square; 3 minutes walk from piazza Giosuè Carducci. Get directions
  • The interior cannot be visited.

3 - Fountain of the Fraterna

The Fontana della Fraterna is not only one of the symbols of Isernia but is also counted among the most important monumental fountains of Italy for its architectural structure, formed by a series of round arches. The fountain was built using the stone of buildings present in the city, also bringing back ornaments and decorations of disused stately buildings.

  • 10 minutes walk from the station. It is located in piazza Giosuè Carducci. Get directions
  • Always accessible.
  • Free

4 - The Pinewood

La Pineta is a archaeological site of the Paleolithic accidentally found by a researcher in 1979 and today an integral part of the National Museum of the Paleolithic of Isernia. The site has made available to paleology and anthropology researchers important materials that have made it possible to analyze and reconstruct the first European populations, bringing to the attention of modern man buildings, artifacts, human and faunal remains of considerable importance.


  • 20 minutes walk from the station; 22 minutes on foot from piazza Giosuè Carducci; 17 minutes by bus with line 3 from corso Risorgimento to the Cemetery. Get directions
  • from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 to 19.00
  • Full: € 4,00; integrated with the Museum of Santa Maria delle Monache € 5,00; Reduced: € 2,00

5 - National Museum of Santa Maria delle Monache

Inside theantiquarium remains are visible in the countryside of Isernia from the Republican and Imperial Roman period, including the relief with battle scenes between Alexander and Darius, capitals and votive altars.


  • 16 minutes walk from the station; 12 minutes by bus 8 from via XXIV Maggio to via Occidentale; 8 minutes walk from Piazza Giosuè Carducci. Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday, 8:15 am to 13:45 pm.
  • Full: € 3,00; Integrated with the National Paleolithic Museum € 5,00; Reduced: € 2,00

6 - Church of San Francesco

The church and its adjoining Monastery of the Conventual Fathers were built on the will of St. Francis of Assisi in 1222. Initially dedicated to St. Stephen and with the opposite entrance to the current one, it was dedicated to the patron saint of Italy after his death and orientation was changed taking its present form, without changing its medieval structure. To his left is the chapel of Sant'Antonio, built in 1450, a real church within the church.


  • 16 minutes walk from the station; 12 minutes by bus 6 from via XXIV Maggio to via VV.UU; 6 minutes walk from piazza Giosuè Carducci. Get directions
  • Always accessible in compliance with religious functions.
  • Free

7 - Jadopi Palace

Palazzo Jadopi is famous for the vicissitudes related to the unification of Italy. In 1860, Stefano Jadopi resigned from the Neapolitan parliament to join the welcoming committee of the new king. The opponents of the new ruler ambushed him, blinding his son. Vittorio Emanuele sent Garibaldi's soldiers to his defense, but they were overwhelmed by the troops of the Bourbons: the palace was set on fire and the heads of the Garibaldi soldiers hung on the balconies. Legend has it that the palace is still standing haunted by the ghost of one of the Garibaldians who lost his life there.


  • 10 minutes walk from the station; 5 minutes walk from piazza Giocuè Carducci. Get directions
  • The interior cannot be visited.

8 - The Palazzotto

Palazzo D'Avalos-Laurelli was built in 1694 by the will of Prince Diego D'Avalos, descendant of a family originally from Spain who came to Italy with Alfonso I of Aragon, and restored after the earthquakes of the nineteenth century by Don Onofrio Laurelli. The palace it incorporates one of the towers inside medieval buildings in the city, presumably part of a Lombard castle of which no trace has been lost.

  • 15 minutes walk from the station; 5 minutes walk from piazza Giosuè Carducci. Get directions
  • Interiors not open to visitors.

9 - Sulfur water park

It is one thermal establishment of the Roman era disused and poorly maintained, which however still has its own source of sulphurous water active.

  • 14 minutes by bus 8 from Corso Garibaldi to Unieuro.
  • Always accessible.
  • Free

10 - Hermitage of Santi Cosma e Damiano

Located slightly outside the city, the hermitage of Saints Cosma and Damiano it stands on the remains of the pagan temple of Priapus, patron god of virility. The church was built in 1130 and dedicated to the two doctors precisely to underline how the cult of virility remained alive in Molise even in the Christian era. In the sixteenth century, the church was enriched with the access stairway and the portico but has always maintained the very elongated lantern, placed above the tower, an evident phallic symbol.

  • 11 minutes by bus 7 from corso Garibaldi to via San Ippolito; 16 minutes walk from Piazza Giosuè Carducci. Get directions
  • Always accessible.
  • Free

What to see in Isernia in one day: recommended itinerary

Morning - Start your visit to Isernia by having breakfast at the Central Bar, in the historic center, located in the same square as the Cathedral. After your breakfast, visit the interior of the Cathedral of San Pietro Apostolo and the adjacent arch of San Pietro. Walking along Corso Marcelli you can admire The Palazzotto and Palazzo San Francesco, now the Town Hall, until it reaches the Museum of Santa Maria delle Monache.

Afternoon - Have your lunch at L'Ebrezza di Noè which offers excellent wines and typical dishes of the territory at km 0. After that, continue your visit of the city passing near the church of San Pietro Celestino. At the end of corso Marcelli, take via Ippolito to immediately turn right into strada del Breccione: about 500 meters from you you will find the Sanctuary of Saints Cosma and Damiano. After your visit to the hermitage, you can call a taxi or walk for 2 km until you reach the National Museum of the Paleolithic in the locality of La Pineta.

Sera - After your visit to the National Museum of the Paleolithic, walk for about 1,5 km until you reach via Lorusso, where you can dine at the Retrogusto Pizzeria Braceria. After dinner, continue along via Lorusso you can reach piazza Carducci where you will find the Fountain of the Fraterna.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at the Central Bar in Piazza Andrea D'Isernia, 24
  2. Cathedral of San Pietro Apostolo - opening hours: Always accessible in compliance with religious services. - ticket cost: free
  3. Arco di San Pietro - not open to the inside.
  4. Il Palazzotto - not open to the inside.
  5. Palazzo San Francesco - not open to the inside.
  6. Museum of Santa Maria Delle Monache - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:15 am to 13:45 pm - ticket price: full price: € 3,00; integrated with the National Paleolithic Museum € 5,00; reduced: € 2,00
  7. Lunch at L'Ebrezza di Noè in corso Marcelli, 25
  8. Church of San Pietro Celestino - opening hours: Always accessible in compliance with religious functions. - ticket cost: free
  9. Sanctuary of Saints Cosma and Damiano - Always accessible in compliance with religious functions. - ticket cost: free
  10. National Museum of the Paleolithic - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 to 19.00 - ticket price: full price: € 4,00; integrated with the Museum of Santa Maria delle Monache € 5,00; reduced: € 2,00
  11. Dinner at Retrogusto Pizzeria Braceria in via Lorusso, 48
  12. Fontana della Fraterna - opening hours: Always accessible - ticket price: free

Where to eat in Isernia: the best restaurants

  1. Existo Osteria Molisana: Mediterranean cuisine based on fish, revisited in a contemporary way.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: corso Marcelli, 317 - Get directions - tel: 0865 299379 - FB page
  2. Nabucco Osteria Verdi: Mediterranean cuisine with particular attention to vegetarian and healthy dishes
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: corso Marcelli, 160 - Get directions - tel: 338 253 3192 - FB page
  3. Sips and Bites: restaurant that also offers brunch service, specializing in menus for celiacs
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: via Umbria, 4 - Get directions - tel: 0865 414650 - FB page
  4. The thrill of Noah: café / restaurant renowned for aperitifs; offers fresh local products, excellent beers and a wide choice of wines.
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: corso Marcelli, 25 - Get directions - tel: 0865 299564 - FB page
  5. Aftertaste Pizzeria Braceria: local not far from the center, offers excellent pizza, meat and homemade desserts.
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: via Lorusso, 48 - Get directions - tel: 0865 3666 - FB page

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

The nightlife of Isernia pours all into his own Old Town, inside the side streets and alleys that line Corso Marcelli and Piazza della Conciliazione. Although Isernia has some discos in the historic center, young and old seem to like more convivial entertainment alternatives, such as renowned cocktail bars and pubs open all night, where to drink and eat in good company, while also enjoying music evenings. live.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Holzhaus Brewery: ideal for beer lovers who want to dine even after midnight
    Address: Western Cross 7/9/11 - Get directions, Facebook page
  • BeeRivers: night club with a wide selection of draft beers, including craft beers
    Address: corso Marcelli, 248 - Get directions, Facebook page
  • Umami Bistrot: cocktail bar that recalls the style of the ruins pub in Budapest, for a truly unique and original atmosphere
    Address: piazza Carducci 18A - Get directions, Facebook page

Plan your stay in Isernia: info and useful tips

  • Isernia has a well-connected railway station. However, if you want to reach the city of Molise by car, it will take you about 2 hours from Rome (180km) and Pescara (144km), 1 hour and a half from Naples (108 km) and 3 hours and 15 minutes from Bari (280km). The closest airports to Isernia are Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara) and Capodichino International Airport (Naples).
  • Getting around: The historic center of Isernia can be easily explored on foot or by taking advantage of the efficient and punctual public transport system offered by the city. The company that takes care of urban transport is called Aesernia and has 8 lines, of which 3 urban and 5 interurban. The cost of an urban ticket is € 1,00 and the service runs from 6 am to around 22 pm.
  • Where to park: parking your car in Isernia is not easy. Although the streets of the center have street parking, it is best to leave your car in a private car park such as Piazzale Homo Aeserniensis, in via Santo Spirito 17 (Get directions) and get around the city on foot or by public transport.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 53,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Cerro al Volturno with the lake of Castel San Vincenzo (23 km, 28 minutes by car), Venafro with the Pandone Castle and the Amphitheater (23 km, 24 minutes by car), Scapoli (20 km, 29 minutes by car), Castel San Vincenzo (25 km, 39 minutes by car), Carpinone (10 km, 14 minutes by car), Castelpetroso (16 km, 20 minutes by car), Frosolone (33 km, 40 minutes by car).
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