Itinerary between Molise and Abruzzo along the lake of Castel San Vincenzo. A splendid way to discover the beauties and flavors of the most beautiful regions of Italy.
Ancient villages, traditional dishes and above all beautiful roads immersed in the nature of the central Italian region: here are our tips for a motorcycle ride off the beaten track.
|connection||Isernia (Molise) / Bar ( Abruzzo)|
|What to see in the surroundings||Lake, Abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno|
|Typical dishes of the area||Fornelli oil, cavatelli with meat sauce, Laganelle and beans, stuffed wafers, black pudding|
|Road conditions and notes||Good conditions|
Castel San Vincenzo is a small medieval village lying on a ridge of rock at an altitude of over 700 meters overlooking the artificial lake, the symbol of the city: the Lake of Castel San Vincenzo. The town is home to the ancient Abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno, one of the most important of the Middle Ages. The abbey stood not too far from the sources of the Volturno, on the Piana di Rocchetta. It dates back to the beginning of the XNUMXth century AD and over time it became one of the most important monastic complexes in Europe, being in a strategic position, on the border between the kingdom of the Franks to the north and the kingdom of the Lombards to the south.
It is an artificial lake built in the late 50s for hydroelectric purposes. It is fed by the streams of the Montagna Spaccata, from the neighboring municipalities of Alfedena and Barrea. The waters of the streams feed the Enel power stations in Pizzone, Rocchetta a Volturno and Colli a Volturno. Near the lake there is an area equipped for camping, given its sandy shores and bathing facilities
We choose to start from Isernia by taking the Statale 627 towards Fornelli, which deserves a stop to taste their oil. After Rocchetta Alta we deviate towards the SS158 which will take us to Castel San Vincenzo where we will stop to visit the famous Abbey.
after having visited the village and its artificial lake, some hairpin bends still await us that will take us to Abruzzo, precisely to Barrea, where we deserve a dip in the lake of the same name