A mountain area in the central Apennines, south-east of the town of Isernia. Habitats include extensive broadleaved woodlands (oak Quercus, beech Fagus), rocky areas, agricultural land, and a karstic lake, Lago del Matese (500 ha). The main land-uses are forestry and agriculture.
An important site for breeding birds of prey.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Matese. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/10/2020.