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Gold Medal for Civil Valor
"Endured with stoic courage and scary numerous air raids that destroyed most of the town and killed a third of its inhabitants, never deflecting from his heroic and dignified attitude toward the stranger and his faith in the resurrection of the Fatherland."
- City: Isernia
- Region: Molise
- Province: Isernia
- Zona: Central Italy
- Coordinates: 41°35′49″N 14°14′07″E
- Surface: 68,74 km²
- Population: 22 150 (by 01/01/2011)
- Patron Saint: San Celestino V
- Saint Day: 19 May
- Web site: Official Web Site
First settlements of Isernia are dated back from Paleolithic, at least 700 000 years ago, they are first settlements found in Europe.
Isernia is a thriving Samnite city, the capital of the Italic League, Roman Municipium, tough opponent against Napoleon's troops and place of Bourbon reaction against unity of Italy in 1860. In 1960 the city of Isernia was awarded by the Gold Medal for Civil Valor during the Second World War. Finally it is the provincial capital, Isernia is a city referenced Alto Molise.
The Coins of Aesernia (after 263 B.C.), which were found only in copper, and have the legend "Aisernino", belong to the period of the first Roman colony, the style of their execution attests the influence of the neighboring Campania.
What to see in Isernia?
Isernia have been destroyed many times but although every time the city comes back flowering again. The historical center preserved the old face of city. All entire length the old city is the largest street Corso Marcelli. Around the main street there is an infinity of alleys and little spares, as for example: "Trento e Trieste" spares.
Main sights to see in Isernia:
- Fontana della Fraterna
- Roman Aqueduct
- Cardarelli Bridge
- La Pineta
- San Pietro Cathedral
- Monument to the fallen of World War I
- Statue to the victims of September X
Events and Feasts in Isernia
There are several Events and Feasts in Isernia during the year.
Take a look at them and choice this you would like to participate there.
In particular there is one very interesting Fair of the Onions in Isernia.
Take a look also at the Legend connected with the Fair of the Onions in Isernia.
How to go to Isernia?
- By Air
The most used and convenient Airports to Isernia are the airports of Roma:
- Roma Airport 1 (195 km) - International Airport Leonardo Da Vinci - Fiumicino
- Roma Airport 2 (166 km) - International Airport Ciampino
The both have very good connection with the city of Roma and the train station where you can get the train to Campobasso.
The other two closest airport are:
Check on the closest to you airport which one airport will be a good solution for you.
- By Train
Isernia is connected with Vairano and then to Napoli (Naples) through the railway line Vairano - Isernia. This is connected also with the line Campobasso - Isernia to allow the connections between the two cities. The connections with Roma are guaranteed 2000 through the branch Rocca d'Evandro - Venafro that allows direct access to the capital.
For more information visit the Italian Railway web site.
- By Car
There are few ways to go to Isernia but all the same the city is far from the main Highways. Instead you can enjoy the beautiful landscape going to Isernia.
Use one of the following ways to reach Isernia:
- From Roma
From the Highway A1, exit at San Vittore, follow the direction Venafro on SS6, continue on the SS85 in the direction to Isernia.
- From Naples
- From the North
Take the Adriatic Highway A14, exit at Montenero di Bisaccia / Vasto Sud / San Salvo, then take the SS650 (Fondo Valle Trigno) towards Isernia, continue on SS17, take the SS85 in the direction to Venafro and exit in the direction to Isernia.
- From the South
From the Adriatic Highway A14 follow the direction to Pescara, continue on the A16, follow signs to Benevento, continue on SS88, exit at Campobasso, take the SS87 (Bifernina road) in the direction to Campobasso / Isernia, continue on SS17, take the SS85 in the direction of Venafro and exit in the direction to Isernia.
- From Campobasso
Take the SS87 (Bifernina), near Vinchiaturo take the SS17, SS85, continue on in the direction to Venafro, and exit in the direction to Isernia.
- Go Around
If you wish to visit the historical city of Isernia better to go walking there. There is also a public transport there served by Autoservizio Urbano Aesernia.
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Map of Isernia