For those who want to immerse themselves in uncontaminated nature for a totally relaxing and regenerating experience- come to the LIPU natural oasis in Casacalenda. Located in the Campobasso province of the Molise region, the oasis is immersed in the woods and characterized by a hilly oak forest with streams that give life to a multitude of species of flora and fauna.
Among the fauna species, there is the badger, roe deer, amphibians like the spectacled salamander and a hundred species of birds including the yellow-bellied toad and the pommel that fly peacefully thanks to the hunting ban. Among the flora are precious orchids and a variety of multicolored flowers that make the oasis a show not to be missed. In the spring months the paths are invaded by a hundred species of colorful butterflies.
For environmental enthusiasts, the LIPU Oasis organizes various events throughout the year dedicated to the various expressions of nature, from bird songs to forest blooms, from educational activities for children to days dedicated to butterflies.
Casacalenda is also characterized by the small medieval village full of history, culture and traditions. Walking through its alleys, you can see valuable eighteenth-century churches, ducal palaces and stairways.
The Civic Gallery of Contemporary Art, which is housed in the town hall, houses works by famous contemporary artists who stand out for their colorful paintings and for the arrangement of some modern objects in specific points of the municipal halls. In the building, moreover, you can admire the multimedia museum of the Bufù and the Giro del Cigno Gallery- a cycling race of national importance that is taking on ever more considerable proportions.
The Kalenarte open-air museum is spectacular: an original and unique project for the whole region where artists from all over the world have created enchanting and symbolic works, including the Cromoscala, the Guardiano del Bosco and the Poet of Casacalenda. Kalenarte was born as a street furniture project to enhance the entire territory.
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