Pesche, Enchanting Hamlet in Molise. A Photo Essay

Pesche, Enchanting Hamlet in Molise. A Photo Essay

Built at the back of the mountain, the small hamlet of Pesche, in the Molise Region, is considered one of the most enchanting villages in Italy.
Pesche Village Molise

The name Pesche comes from ‘Pesclum‘, deriving from the Latin ‘Pesculum‘ which means ‘rocky basement’, to show the peculiarities of the village.

Pesche Hamlet Molise

The narrow streets climbing up the rocks are flanked by ancient houses built in stones with their old wooden doors, and it looks as if time stood still in this lovely village of Molise, where only 1,300 people live.

Molise colorful doors

The nicest way to explore Pesche is strolling up and down the cobblestone stairs, letting the gaze roaming around and resting on the little, lovely details. A bare 5 km from Isernia, it’s well worth spending a little time in this small enchanting village.


At some point, we stumbled into an old Ape Car, the perfect transportation to climb up the steep and narrow streets of this little gem of the Molise region.
Pesche Village Molise-5 Pesche Village Molise-10
Everything in Pesche reflects the features that make Molise so special. Being an offbeat destination, it remained wild, unspoiled and authentic.


Ordinary life in Pesche in calm and relaxed, far away from the hectic life of the cities and that’s part of its magic.

Old Green Door Pesche Village Molise

Molise can be reached by car or by train from Rome and Naples. A region of rugged beauty and unexpected artistic gems, it’s one of the areas of Italy where you’ll be at closes contact with authenticity.


Note: 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.


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  • fernanda zullo
    Posted at 17:35h, 05 March Reply

    This is my father’s hometown! I love Pesche– the people, the architecture, the history, the food, the mountains. Thank you for this beautiful photographic journey to my favorite place.

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  • Jeff Titelius
    Posted at 01:21h, 15 November Reply

    What a wonderful little village…and you’re right, time stands still here and it’s a wonderful thing! Your photos really capture its medieval charm and I must visit one day!!!

  • Jenna
    Posted at 00:51h, 15 November Reply

    Italy amazes me–there is so much to see there. What a beautiful little place this is! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Debbie
    Posted at 17:33h, 14 September Reply

    What a wonderful surprise to see this on Facebook. We travel to Pesche often and we have many wonderful friends there. It truly is an unspoiled authentic town. The people and the ambiance is undescribable!!! We never get homesick as they make us feel like we are at home there. We see something new everytime we go. It is what’s beyond those beautiful doors that keeps us coming back!!

    • Simon
      Posted at 23:04h, 30 September Reply

      How nice that you also know the little town of Pesche and love it. And you’re right, it’s very easy to feel at home there. People are so welcoming!

  • Tom @ Waegook Tom
    Posted at 04:16h, 14 September Reply

    This place looks beautiful – never heard of it before until now. Can somebody take me to Molise, please? See, it even lends itself well to rhyming.

    • Simon
      Posted at 23:06h, 30 September Reply

      Oh, I’m sure you’d love Molise, Tom. It’s so authentic,a piece of Italy that it’s hard to find in other touristic regions. Whenever you wish to explore Molise, just contact Antonella and Barak will be happy to show you around. There’s so much to do and see.

  • Charu
    Posted at 16:04h, 12 September Reply

    Totally beautiful and unspoilt! What a lovely find!

    • Simon
      Posted at 23:07h, 30 September Reply

      Yes Charu, it was a wonderful surprise for me too. And I hope to go back soon!

  • Antonella Molise Discovery
    Posted at 00:38h, 12 September Reply

    It was wonderful Simon to share Molise with you…and to show you Pesche, Molise Discovery home. Many thanks

    • Simon
      Posted at 23:08h, 30 September Reply

      And it was great to discover Molise with you and Barak. Your enthusiasm is contagious! Hope to be back soon and see more 🙂

  • [email protected]
    Posted at 15:21h, 11 September Reply

    Beautiful photos of a stunning village…one that time as thankfully passed by!

    • Simon
      Posted at 23:09h, 30 September Reply

      I was stunned as well, Jenny, as I was not expecting to find such a lovely hamlet still unspoilt. And I guess there are more places like that to discover.

  • Leigh
    Posted at 04:44h, 11 September Reply

    Looks like a place lost in time – and a very pretty one at that.

    • Simon
      Posted at 08:46h, 11 September Reply

      It’s truly pretty, Leigh. And what’s even better is the vibe that Molise offers and which is difficult to describe in words.

  • Angela
    Posted at 00:21h, 11 September Reply

    Beautiful village and great pictures, really typical Italian 🙂

    • Simon
      Posted at 08:45h, 11 September Reply

      Yes, it’s really typical Italian, and I would add of Southern Italy. An overlooked region and a wonderful discovery.

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