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capital City: Campobasso
surface: 4.409,41 sq km
Population: 309.795 inhabitants
Density: 70 inhabitants per square km
Il Molise is an Italian region with the ordinary statute of southern Italy with the capital Campobasso.
Borders Abruzzo to the north, Lazio to the west, the southwest Campania, Puglia southeast, and is washed by the Adriatic Sea to the east.
Until 1963, formed along the Abruzzo region "Abruzzi and Molise".
Besides Campobasso, the centers of greatest importance are Termoli, Isernia e Venafro.
Second smallest region in Italy after the Valle d'Aosta, its surface is divided almost equally between mountainous areas, the 55,3% of the territory, and hilly areas, the 44,7% of the territory.
The mountainous area extends between the Apennines of Abruzzo and the Apennines Sunni.
The Monti della Meta (2241 m) form the meeting point of the boundary line between the Molise, Abruzzo and Lazio, then there are the Matese Mountains, which run along the border with Campania and reach 2050 meters with Mount Miletto.
To the east, the area of the Sub (mountains Frentani) slopes down to the sea with very steep hills and rounded shapes.
The flat areas are few and small, the main ones are the plain of Bojano Molise in central and west the plain of Venafro.
The Mouth of Forli, or Pass of Rionero, (891 m) conventionally marks the geographical boundary between central Italy and southern Italy.
The climate is Mediterranean, especially along the coasts, with generally cool and rainy winters and hot summers.
On the coast the climate is milder, as you proceed to the inside becomes cooler and the temperatures drop considerably.
The summer is more pleasant on the coast where often blow breezes that make it sweet warm months.
For 35 km Molise is wet from the Adriatic Sea.
important bathing and holiday centers they are Termoli, Campomarino and Petacciato: centers equipped with every comfort and equipped with long beaches.
The coast is low and sandy except for the promontory of Termoli, to whose shelter was built the artificial port from where ships leave for Tremiti Islands and Croatia; along the coasts there are also some flat strips, no more than a few kilometers wide.
The formation of coastal dunes caused the stagnation of the waters of the rivers with the consequent formation of marshes, for some time, however, eliminated by land reclamation.
Molise is mainly composed of small municipalities, many of which do not exceed the 1.000 residents.
The most important common for population structure, social and economic are: Campobasso, Termoli, Isernia and Venafro.
Landmarks are also territorial municipalities of Larino, Bojano and Agnone.
The almost intact natural environment and the absence of pollution are strong reasons of attraction, particularly in the seaside resorts and of pleasant holiday resort such as Termoli, Campomarino, and also for the mountain reference points such as Campitello Matese, Capracotta, and the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise.
Nevertheless, the region is always last in the charts do.
Molise spread religious and not, as the festivals that each country sets up especially during the summer.
Religious sentiment is cultivated with processions, like those of the Good Friday of Campobasso and Isernia with the hooded parade, Festival of Mysteries of Campobasso, the regatta of San Basso in Termoli, the solemn procession of San Nicandro in Venafro, characterized by the song of the anthem, the procession of Capracotta in honor of the Madonna of Loreto every three years, the wheat festival in honor of Sant'Anna in Jelsi, the party in honor of Santa Cristina in Sepino, the parade of the chariots of San Pardo in Larino, the carrese di San Leo in San Martino in Pensilis in the lower Molise.
From the purely folkloristic point of view, the Zampogna Festival from Scapoli, Eddie Lang Jazz Festival which takes place in the frame of the Pignatelli castle of Monteroduni, the Tartufata in Miranda, the Grape Festival to Riccia, "gl'Cierv '"in Rocchetta a Volturno, e Bear's dance to Jelsi.