Offbeat Italy: The Beautiful Roman Ruins of Sepino

Offbeat Italy: The Beautiful Roman Ruins of Sepino

I felt awe-struck by the unexpected beauty of the Roman ruins of Sepino

Sepino Roman Column Detail

When I moved the first steps in the archaeological area including the Roman ruins of Sepino, I felt as if I was looking at a secret treasure.

Sepino Roman Theatre

That’s what I call the ‘Miracle of Italy‘, a country blessed with such historic and artistic heritage of immense value and so much beauty, that one could easily spend years and still haven’t seen it all.

There are regions, like Molise, which are widely unknown even to Italians, starting from me, who visited it last year for the first time.

Sepino Forum and Basilica

[pullquote]Oddly, the beauty and charm of the Molise region are little known, even to Italians[/pullquote]

Home to rugged mountain landscapes and enchanting old hamlets like Pesche, the Molise region also hosts the superb archaeological site in Sepino,whose Roman ruins were brought back to light starting from 1950, as well as the stunning ruins of Pietrabbondante.

Sepino the Columns of the Basilica

When I first spotted the Roman ruins, I could hardly believe I had never heard of such a wonderful archaeological site. Until then, if I has been asked where to spot the best Roman ruins in Italy I would have said of course… Rome, and Sicily. Never would it have occurred to me that Molise could also be the place.

Sepino Porta Boiano

As we walked along the beautifully preserved theatre, the magnificent entrance doors and the impressive basilica, I was so awe-struck that I couldn’t listen to the explanations of our excellent guide. I wanted to let my eyes wander around, fix on the details, assimilate the unexpected beauty surrounding me. I wanted to explore Sepino with my heart, and only afterwards let my brain enter in motion.

Sepino The Arches

Maybe I did not get much about the history of Sepino, but I hold a vivid memory of the blue sky, the scent of the grass, the wonder I felt in front of this impressive heritage from the glorious Roman Empire. Most of all, I remember the calmness of the site, not overflown by the crowd as it happens in other famous landmarks.

I was discovering a little more of my country, once again amazed by how Italy has wonders like no other country in the world. Too many of them, maybe…

Sepino Basilica Sepino Theater Sepino Porta Boiano Detail

Have you ever visited Molise and the Ruins of Sepino? What do you think of these offbeat areas in Italy?


Note: Big thanks to Antonella and Barak of Molise Discovery who invited me for a wonderful tour to experience this awesome Italian Region. Their passion is contagious, and the beauty of this off-beaten region made it easy to understand why they are so in love with Molise.


  • Paul Winchester
    Posted at 15:35h, 03 July Reply

    Italy is really magical place for travelers…so much history and so many places to visit and explore! This place looks amazing and congrats for the pictures, but if you let me say I wouldn’t mind some colored ones! Thanks for sharing this.

  • Thomas
    Posted at 13:29h, 30 May Reply

    I have not visited these ruins, but would love to! Your photographs are stunning – I want to go now 🙂

  • Kathryn Burrington
    Posted at 09:50h, 27 May Reply

    I love finding places like these but haven’t had much of a chance to do that in Italy yet. I spending a week in Bologna later in the year. Do you know the area? Any tips of off the beaten track places I can reach by train from there?

  • Jenna
    Posted at 20:11h, 31 March Reply

    I am looking to discover some less-known places in Italy soon, so I will put this on my list. Thanks! And beautiful photos!

  • Daniel M
    Posted at 06:00h, 29 March Reply

    I always loved travelling to old places with histories, they have this mysterious thing and I like to research about mysteries and histories. Lovely pictures BTW, this is a new place that I would love to visit one day.

  • Heather on her travels
    Posted at 11:28h, 27 March Reply

    I love places like this that are a bit off the beaten track, with loads to offer but without the crowds

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