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Pesche, Province of Isernia, Molise

This little town is built alongside a steep mountain with the houses following the terrain, which gives the center a very peculiar look, with extremely steep alleys, flights of steps, and arches connecting the houses with massive walls.

Info

  • Altitude: 732 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 1600 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 86090
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0865
  • Patron Saint: Saints Nicandro, Marciano and Daria, celebrated on June 17.
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History

The first historical mention is in 1088 when the castle of Monte Pesclaturo was donated by count Rudolph of Boiano to the Counts of Isernia. Until the 15th century Pesche was under the jurisdiction of Montecassino. In the 12th century lord of the place was Guglielmo De Pesclo, then it passed to the Spinelli family and finally to the Ceva Grimaldi, who were also the last feudal lords.

What to see

  • Ruins of the medieval Castle.
  • The church of Santa Maria dei Bagni, built in the Middle Ages on the spot where the Romans had erected their spas (Bagni meaning baths).
  • The church of San Michele Arcangelo.

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