Campobasso (/ kampo'basso /; Cambuasch, in local dialect) is a town of 49,230 inhabitants, capital of the homonymous province and Molise.
First city of the region by population, rises to 701 m s.l.m. , resulting in the third largest regional capital of Italy after Potenza and L'Aquila and the fourth of the province after Enna.
The city probably has Longobarde origins, and the passage of the centuries is clearly visible on it. The historical center, in fact, collects many testimonies of different historical periods: from the thirteenth-century church of San Leonardo, to the fifteenth-century Castello Monforte (which stands out on the town) and to the neoclassical cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
But that's not all, other points of interest are: Museo Sannitico, Museum of the Mysteries, Palazzo Pistilli, and Palazzo San Giorgio.
Campobasso is formed by an ancient part of medieval origin, rich in historical and artistic values, located on the slope of a hill dominated by the Monforte Castle, and by a modern part, originally from the nineteenth century, located in the plain at the foot of the historic center.
The historic center is characterised by alleys and stairways, on either side of which houses and buildings in stone, many of which are characterised by internal courtyards open to the public and sometimes underground quarries. There are also many decorated portals, coats of arms of noble families and allegorical figures.
The nineteenth-century part of the city, on the other hand, extends flats and presents the typical characteristics of the urban development of this historical period. Designed according to the ideal of the city garden, it has green spaces, squares, and fountains.
Symbol of the city are six medieval towers, also reported in the emblem. The six towers depict the main towers that were placed to guard the entrances of the ancient medieval village: porta Sant'Antonio Abate, porta San Nicola, porta Santa Maria della Croce, porta San Leonardo, porta Mancina e porta San Paolo.
Even not being a big city, all these features make it an ideal and peaceful place to spend time and where to relate to the best with local customs and habits.
Among the various events that characterise the city of Campobasso, there is undoubtedly the procession of mysteries. Every year in Campobasso in fact, on the Sunday of Corpus Domini, the procession of the Mysteries through the streets gives a rare and evocative show. The Mysteries, an idea by Paolo Saverio Di Zinno, shows the popular devotion and the love of local people for this tradition for almost three centuries.
There are also places where you can have fun; in fact, pubs and nightclubs are really numerous.
In Molise there is no airport. To reach the city of Campobasso the nearest airports are those of Rome and Naples. Once in Rome or Naples, take the trains to Campobasso.