Campobasso

Campobasso is the capital of the Molise region. It is located in the high basin of the Biferno River, surrounded by the Sannio and Matese mountains. Campobasso is renowned for the craftmanship of blades (including scissors and knives), which has been well documented since the 14th century. It is also famous for the production of pears and scamorza cheese. The city is the home of the University of Molise and of the Archdiocese of Campobasso-Boiano. The main attraction of Campobasso is the Castello Monforte. The castle has Guelph merlons and stands on a commanding point, where traces of ancient settlements have been found. Next to the castle is the Chiesa della Madonna del Monte (Santa Maria Maggiore), which houses a precious wooden statue of the Incoronata from 1334. Below the castle, the church of St. George is probably the oldest in Campobasso, built around the year 1000 AD over the ruins of a Pagan temple. Other attractions include Chiesa della Santissima Trinità ruins, Church of San Bartolomeo, Church of San Leonardo and Villa de Capoa.

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