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Morrone del Sannio, Province of Campobasso, Molise

An ancient Roman castrum, used as garrison to guard the transit of men and sheep along the Tracturus Magnus Celano-Foggia, still has remains of Roman villas in the area of Casalpiano. A very typical dish of Morrone are the cookies called "pecellate" made with semolina, walnuts, cooked wine and orange peel.

Info

  • Altitude: 840 m a.s.l
  • Territory: hilly
  • Population: about 800 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 86040
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0874
  • Patron Saint: St. Modesto on 2 October.
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Provinces of Molise

History

In 1303 the names of two feudal lords are recorded, Giovanni and Adelmario, then in the 15th century it was a fiefdom of the Santangelo and then the Di Sangro.

A very beautiful tradition is repeated on the first Sunday in May when the statue of Mary is carried in a procession to the parish church of Morrone, and the second in October when it is carried back to the chapel in Casalpiano, in a symbolic seasonal migration parallel to the migration of shepherds to Apulia.

What to see

  • Villa romana
  • The Ruins of the Badia of Casalpiano, built on 12th century, destroyed by the terrible earthquake of 1456.
  • Convent of San Nazzaro, built in the 15th century, with a beautiful cloister
  • The church of Santa Maria Maggiore, 18th century.

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