Santa Croce di Magliano, Province of Campobasso, Molise
It is located on the hills bordered by the river Fortore and the Tona stream. The area was inhabited since antiquity thanks to the fertility of the lands and the temperate climate.
- Altitude: 608 m a.s.l
- Territory: hilly
- Population: about 4300 inhabitants jn 2018
- Zip/postal code: 86047
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0874
- Patron Saint: Saints Giacomo e Flaviano on 22 August.
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The Romans, who liked to establish their towns in the plain, in the middle of rural areas, settled here probably during the first century BC, in the vicinity of the present Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria di Melanico. In the Middle Ages the Roman settlements gave rise to "casali", that is rural hamlets, the most important of them Santa Croce, which in the Swabian period (13th century) is recorded as a fiefdom of the Stipide family, to be later a fiefdom of the Monastery of Sant'Eustachio.
In the 17th century it belonged to the Ceva Grimaldi family, while the last lords, when the feudal system was abolished in 1806, were the Falconieri-Lante Della Rovere family.
What to see
- Ruins of the abbey of Santa Maria di Melanico. Built during the 12th century, it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1627.