San Pietro Avellana, Province of Isernia, Molise

The small town rises on the Celano-Foggia tratturo, on the border with the Abruzzo region, just below Monte Capraro (1730 mt.) surrounded by forests of beech and oak trees and two fine pinewoods, which make it a truly great tourist destination in the summer.


  • Altitude: 960 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 490 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 86088
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0865
  • Patron Saint: St. Amico, Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated on 29 June Pietro e Paolo
  • Frazioni & Localities: Alvani, Cerri, Masserie di Cristo, Scalo Ferroviario.
Follow Italy Heritage on Facebook
Provinces of Molise


The name comes from an ancient benedictine monastery dedicated to San Pietro, around which the population gathered and established a settlement, later called "Avellana" since on the site there was in the past Volana, an ancient Samnite town destroyed by Roman consul Suprius Carvilius.

The town was a Benedictine fiefdom from 1027 to 1785, and religion was a really great inlfuence in the character of the population. The economy was flourishing for centuries under the transhumance system, since the area was both a transit post and a place of summer pastures. With the crisis of the pastoral economy, a massive emigration began especially to the States, with main destination Pittsburgh.

Genealogy & Links

What to see

Events and Festivities

  • August: Emigrants' Festival
  • August: week of "Museo della civiltà contadina".