The Path of the Saints of Molise
A journey along the livestock trails
The itinerary of the Saints in Molise can still be explored almost entirely on foot, by following the tratturi or sheep tracks (grassy trails of differing sizes, sometimes as much as a hundred metres wide), that were used as far back as Roman times for horizontal transhumance or the migration of flocks between Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia and vertical transhumance within the territory of Molise itself. Here the trails mainly followed two routes: an inland route that included the towns of Campobasso, Bojano, Venafro and Isernia; a coastal route that took in the towns of Termoli, Guglionesi and Larino.
The first part of the itinerary covers the same route as the Benedictine Way, which arrives in the territory of Molise by crossing the Annunziata Lunga Pass and, once it has passed the town of Venafro (the first stop on the itinerary of the Saints of Molise), bends down through the valley of the Volturno River in the direction of Rocchetta al Volturno and the Benedictine Abbey of St. Vincent. The Route of the Saints of Molise continues towards Isernia and, after a detour to visit Agnone follows the valley of the Trigno River as it crosses Trivento and reaches the Adriatic Coast; from here it moves southwards until it arrives at Termoli.
From Isernia the visitor can choose to carry on towards Bojano, as far as Sepino or, turning eastwards, to go in the direction of Campobasso. The valley of the Biferno River leads from there towards the coast, with the opportunity to make a visit to Larino along the way. The walk finally reaches the town of Termoli, the natural end point for the two routes.
Reliving the story of the dawn of Christianity
Stages of the trail of the Saints in Molise