Hotel Capracotta, Capracotta ***
Hotel Capracotta is located 5 minutes' walk from Capracotta's main square and a one-hour drive from Roccaraso. It offers bright and spacious rooms with mountain views. Hotel Capracotta has its own ski deposit and runs an affordable shuttle service to the ski slopes on request. There is a ski school close by as well as tennis courts and football fields... View hotel
Double rooms from €45
Hotel Kristiania, San Massimo ***
Located in Campitello Matese, Hotel Kristiania offers a free ski bus to the Piana ski slopes, just 400 metres away. It features a wellness centre with hot tub and indoor pool. The functional rooms come with wooden furniture and simple decor. They offer a TV, and include a bathroom with a hairdryer and toiletries... View hotel
Double rooms from €60
La Fonte dell'Astore, Castelpetroso ****
La Fonte features elegant rooms, a typical Molise restaurant, and an on-site Mességué Wellness Centre. The hotel offers free parking, and is a short drive from the Madonna dell'Addolorata Sanctuary. All rooms at La Fonte dell'Astore are equipped with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and LCD TV. The furnishings are functional and modern... View hotel
Double rooms from €50
The central Italian region of Molise is bordered to the east by the Adriatic coast, to the north by Abruzzo, to the west by Campania and to the south by Puglia. The second-smallest of the regions is not much visited by tourists, but this is a beautiful and unspoiled region - with forest-clad mountainsides (more than half the region is mountain), medieval fairytale castles, and ancient sheep-droving roads worn deep by centuries of foot (and hoof) steps.
So unspoilt is it that Unesco has chosen Molise as one of the four Italian biosphere locations. Towns include the capital, Campobasso, Isernia, Larino, Ururi and the coastal towns of Termoli and Campomarino. Near to Campobasso is the ruined Roman town of Saepinium. Check out the Matese, remote and lovely mountains populated by hawks, falcons, eagles and wolves, and very few people: there are only 330,000 souls in the whole of Molise.
There is caving, skiing, lovely and undeveloped coastline, and in parts of the region you could be stepping back a hundred years. The very rural cuisine leans heavily on lamb, chilli (very unusual for Italy), pastas such cas strongozze and maltagliati with lamb sauce. Wines are largely from Abruzzo, including Montepulciano and Trebbiano whites.