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Fossalto, Province of Campobasso, Molise

This little town was previously called "Fossacoeca" (=blind ditch) for its position on a hill at the far end of the Vallone delle Case.

Info

  • Altitude: 5 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 1600 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 86020
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0874
  • Patron Saint: St. Nicola on 9 May
  • Frazioni & Localities: Fossalto, Sant'Agnese.
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Provinces of Molise

History

In 1269 it is recorded in documents of the Angevin administration as belonging to Guglielmo Stendardo, an ambassador of king Charles I Anjou. Other feudal lords were the Sanfromondo in the 15th century, the di Capua in the 16th, then the Piscelli, Carafa and lastly the Mascione.

What to see

  • The Palazzo Baronale of the Mascione family.
  • The church of Santa Maria Assunta, In the apse, frescoes by Paolo Gamba from Ripabottoni, a painter of the 18th century, representing Isaac's sacrifice, the transport of the Ark, and Cain and Abel.
  • The church of Sant'Antonio from Padua, with a magnificent altar in carved gilted wood, the work of Sevignano Francesco, dated 1680, and a painting by Bartolomeo de Core from Naples, of the same period.
  • Grottos in Pietracupa, a few km away, used as homes until recent times.

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