Baranello, Province of Campobasso, Molise
The name was already mentioned in the 11th century, and probably derives from Vairanum, a Samnite town whose ruins can still be seen on nearby Mount Vairano. Giuseppe Zurlo, a renowned economist and a minister in the Kingdom of Naples, was born here in 1757.
- Territory: mountainous
- Population: about 2600 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 86011
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0874
- Frazioni & Localities: Aia la Strada, Annecchiali, Calvario, Canale, Cappella, Castellaro, Colle della Corte, Coscia di Ponte, Fonte Ferrara, Fonte Garile, Fonte Polo, Gaudo, Lago Ranallo, Largo Zullo, Martine, Masserie Tomaro, Petrole, Piana Casale, Piana Macaro, San Nicola, Terranova, Valle.
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What to see
- The Museo Civico, in the Townhall palace, hosts a large collection donated by architect Giuseppe Barone in 1896, among them Roman stones with inscriptions and fragments of frescoes from Pompei; a rich pinacoteque with paintings by Arcangelo Ciampoli (late 19th century), Francesco Fracanzani and Luca Giordano; the "Bosco di Fronatine Bleu" by Giuseppe Palizzi, and other pictures by Neapolitan and Flemish artists; in another chamber, ceramic pieces of many origins, Murano and Bohemia glasswork.
- The Piazza Santa Maria, a Roman Funeral Monument representing two spouses holding each other's right hand.
- The church of Confraternita del Rosario, in the neoclassical style, with a fine Renaissance fountain in front.
- The church of San Michele Arcangelo, the parish church, recontructed after an earthquake in 1805, with paintings of the Neapolitan school.