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Monte Marrone, Mainarde. View on the lake of Castel San Vincenzo (photo: G. Baranello).

The upper Molise has a very special landscape, mostly mountainous in which valleys open up that will leave you breathless; an untouched nature dotted with small villages and perched castles. An extremely suggestive landscape in any season of the year, ideal for walking and hiking.

A charming area is that of the Mainarde: the imposing mountain massif is the last offshoot of the Meta Mountains and the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, with peaks that reach even 2000 meters in height. The area is of considerable naturalistic interest and is home to the typical examples of protected Apennine fauna, such as the Marsican brown bear, the Abruzzo chamois, the Apennine wolf and the golden eagle.

One of the most panoramic view points is that from Monte Marrone: at 1805 meters, the mountain offers a view of the Volturno valley of extraordinary beauty, with the lake of Castel San Vincenzo, the springs of Volturno and the abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno.

An obligatory stop is the visit to the hut-shelter of Charles Moulin, the French artist who left the glittering Parisian atmosphere at the beginning of the twentieth century and moved to these silent and intense places to paint their most intimate essence.