If, instead, you are in search of something unusual, you will find something curious in Campolieto, where for a few years now, in the ethno-anthropological museum, a Museum of Artificial Fireworks has been set up. It has a permanent exhibition, “Disegnare nel Cielo”, that exhibits objects from the fireworks laboratory of Francesco Paolo Paradiso, 19th century master of the art of pirotechnics. From Campolieto, in 20 minutes, you reach Casacalenda, a village of 2,500 souls where history encounters the contemporary. Walking through the medieval centre, with its little churches and glimpses of the green valley below, you suddenly find yourself in front of the permanent works of the open-air museum of Kalenarte. Artists such as Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Adrian Tranquilli, Claudio Palmieri and Costas Varotsos have left their creations here.
However, it is in the summer that Casacalenda turns into a large open-air cinematographic stage. For 19 years now, the Festival MoliseCinema has taken place here, with a programme of short films, documentaries, feature films, retrospectives, exhibitions and meetings, transforming the squares and narrow streets of the village for a week. Thanks to the success of this event, the old cinema has also been reopened, proof of how small centres can be relaunched through cultural initiatives.