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Founded in 1963 by detachment of the province of Campobasso from the Abruzzi and Molise region, established in 1948, it borders Abruzzo and the Adriatic Sea to the north, Lazio to the west, Campania to the south and Puglia to the east; the provinces are Campobasso and Isernia, the latter established in 1970 by detachment of 52 municipalities from the province of Campobasso. The term “Molise” comes from the first feudal lords of the Contado, who had the surname “De Molisio”, while others claim that it derives from the municipality of Molise.

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