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***Saepinum is a kind of little Pompeii: an incredibly well preserved example of a provincial Roman town. Saepinum was on the ancient road from Beneventum to Corfinium. It was captured by the Romans in 293 BC. The position of the original town is on the mountain far above the Roman town, and remains of its walls in Cyclopean masonry still exist. The city walls (in opus reticulatum) of the Roman town were erected by Tiberius before he became emperor, the date (between 2 BC and 4 AD) being given by an inscription. Within the city walls are remains of a theatre and other buildings, including temples of Jupiter and Apollo. Following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, Saepinum was taken in 882 bythe Saracens.

Note: this really is excellent. Worth going out of your way for a whole Roman town you can explore almost entirely by yourself. There were 4 people present the day we visited.


Pietrabbondante

Pietrabbondante has ruins dating to the 5th century BC, including a necropolis, a sanctuary and several temples, and at an elevation of 1,000 meters, it has commanding views over Molise’s rugged hills.

The current town sits on the top of a hill with large craggy rocks towering up above it. Appropriately the name Pietrabbondante means ‘stones in abundance’! Surrounding the town is the beautiful mountainous Molise countryside and views from here are stunning. Much of its medieval centre was built with stones taken from the ancient Samnite town. We were rained out and didn’t actually tour this (made it to the site and then got caught in a rainstorm). It looked impressive and the craggy town above is lovely.

**L’Inferno di Dante Bar Pizzaria Ristorante Gelateria di Forte Dante Domenico was a side of the road pick, but we really liked it. A multi-course meal with local sausage and pasta, a lovely waitress who was happy to test out her English on us, and a friendly chef. 

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