The Matese mountain range straddles a large part of the southern Appennines as is the natural border between Molise and Campania.
The incessant snow falls of early winter made the area the ski capital of Italy for a moment and if you were looking for snow in the first week of February 2005, this was the place to be.
The town of Campitello Matese sits at 1429 meters above sea level and the zone extends through oak, beech and chestnut woods to the 2050 meters of Monte Miletto.
The pistes off the high plain can't be missed and have been designed by Robert Plattner. They are run by a private company called InterSpa which is not the local football team. Further runs are planned at Roccamandolfi and Monte Gallinola.
There are 4 hotels and two old restaurants. They are 'Rifugio Iezza' and 'La Pinetina' where visitors can taste classic Molisan dishes.
Visitors to the above restaurants will probably find the local cheeses on the menu. There are three main types: 'burrino' which suggests a buttery flavor and texture, 'pecorino' and 'scamorza molisana'.
The latter is typically eaten wedged on a rack until it starts dripping onto your plate.