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Piazza San Pietro Celestino V Isernia molise

Piazza San Pietro Celestino V Isernia


The center of Piazza Celestino V is dominated by the majestic Fontana Fraterna, an imposing artwork from the 18th century that enchants the eyes of anyone who admires it. The fountain rapresents a symbol of unity and community, and it has become an icon of Isernia throughout the centuries.
Grotte Neolitiche Montenero di Bisaccia molise

Grotte Neolitiche Montenero di Bisaccia


The Neolithic Caves are a natural complex of sandstone caves dating back to 10,000 B. C. and provide a direct testimony on what was the story of Montenero di Bisaccia. They are located on the south-east side of Montenero di Bisaccia hill and precisely in Via G. Garibaldi in Valle delle Torri.
Monte Crocella Bojano molise

Monte Crocella Bojano


Standing 1040 metres above sea level on the Matese mountain range, Monte Crocella represents an ancient settlement chosen by the Samnites and those who inhabited the areas of Molise and Campania before them. On Mount Crocella there are traces of megalithic fortification almost with a kilometre of extention, present in places on the almost circular route. The boulders, made up of dry stones, are laid as if found in nature.
Monte Cavallarizzo Capracotta molise

Monte Cavallarizzo Capracotta


Cavallerizzo Mount has been declared by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, since 2011 as a site of archaeological interest particularly important. On its top, between 1516 and 1524 meters above sea level, there is the highest of the Samnite fortifications known so far, the so-called Cyclopean walls.
Villa Rustica Santa Maria del Canneto Roccavivara molise

Villa Rustica Santa Maria del Canneto Roccavivara


The rustic villa, of Roman times, is situated on the right side of the river Trigno. The villa consisted of three parts. The master's part (pars urbana) which included the house of the master, the rustic part (pars rustica) which included the rooms of the shepherds, slaves, stables for animals and the pars fructuaria to store products from agricultural activities. The main part and the rustic part were divided between them by the cell, or cellar, where currently there are the remains of terracotta barrels. In the villa were carried out agricultural activities for the production of oil and wine since the first century AD.
Palazzo Pistilli Campobasso molise

Palazzo Pistilli Campobasso


Palazzo Pistilli, declared of historical-artistic interest in 1996, rises in the highest part of the ancient nucleus of Campobasso along the salita di San Bartolomeo, so called because of the presence of the Romanesque church of the same name further up. A museum to immerse yourself in the history of art. A cozy and relaxing environment that allows you to exalt works that are part of a collection once private, now public at the behest of the owners.
Torre Angioina Colletorto molise

Torre Angioina Colletorto


The Angioina Tower was built during the reign of Giovanna I d'Angio' probably on a Norman preesitente plant. E'a circular plant, of strong mass, high 25 meters. The boundaries introduce to crown, in high, a series of beccatelli and battlements. It dominates on the valley of the S.Maria valley and the valley of the Fortore. We don't know the precise year in which such work was realized, but, since Giovanna I reigned from 1343 to 1382, the year of its edification is to make to go back around to 1369.
Castello Pignatelli di Monteroduni molise

Castello Pignatelli di Monteroduni


The Pignatelli castle, with its beautiful crenellated towers, dominates the Volturno plain on the Isernia-Venafro road. In the past it was a key point of entry into the "Contado del Molise" as a lookout on the Via Latina. A first settlement nucleus, in the places where today the castle rises, dates back to the Samnite age. The origins of the castle-fortress instead date back to the Lombard period, when the population was forced to retreat to face the violent Saracen raids. It was with the Norman domination, however, that the castle, for purely military needs, was enlarged compared to the original Lombard structure and strengthened with the erection of walls, which also included some homes. In 1193 the entire country paid dearly for its deployment against the Emperor Henry VI in favor of the Norman Tancredi.
Torre Costiera di Petacciato molise

Torre Costiera di Petacciato


The Coastal Tower of Petacciato rises along the State Road that runs along the Adriatic Sea (SS 16), towards the side of the coast, at the same level of the road and at about 7 meters above sea level. Situated at the foot of the homonymous Marina di Petacciato, this tower is the last tower of a defensive system against the Turks, the twenty-fifth according to the numbering given by Gambacorta. It communicated to the north with the Trigno Tower, 6-8 km away and to the south with the Sinarca Tower, 6.5 km away. Wanted by Charles V in the XVI century, the tower is located in a privileged position and it is the result of precise strategic choices. In fact, all the towers had to have the view on all four sides and to be in visual connection with each other and with the villages behind.
Ruderi Castello di Pesche molise

Ruderi Castello di Pesche


Like all the castle structures, also the one of Pesche, now reduced to the state of ruins, presents shreds of architectural elements that reveal a series of changes and adaptations occurred over time and that are not easily identifiable in their temporal location. In the highest part of the inhabited area, taking advantage of the natural conformation of the rock that presents a steep descent on the western side and a less steep degradation on the opposite side, remain the signs of an apical structure that, taking up the form of an irregular pentagon, should correspond to a donjon.
Castello Angioino di Roccapipirozzi molise

Castello Angioino di Roccapipirozzi


Roccapipirozzi is a hamlet of Sesto Campano and its fortress is located on the top of a hill around which the medieval village winds. During the Longobard domination the feud was owned by the counties of the Duchy of Benevento and then passed under Norman rule. At the beginning of 1300 the feud was assigned to Andrea and Nicola Rampini to whom succeeded the family of Ratta of Spanish origin hosted by the bride of Roberto d'Angiò. During this period were added to the fortress elements that better fortify it, think of the circular tower and the opening of the entrance, raised above the floor of the outer entrance.
Torre di Santa Croce di Magliano molise

Torre di Santa Croce di Magliano


Of the Castle of Magliano, attested in documents of XII - XIII and probably used until '600, only a tower and some other remains survive. In fact, a few kilometers from Santa Croce, in the district of Magliano, there are the remains of a cylindrical tower with the masonry at the bottom of the slope, a tower that has always been considered the symbol of Santa Croce. It is located on the top of a hill, it is surrounded by a thick vegetation and it is visible from the new road that leads to Rotello.
Castello delle Riporse Longano molise

Castello delle Riporse Longano


Located at an altitude of 550 m.s.l.m., the settlement is partly destroyed in the elevation, except in the south-eastern part. As far as building materials are concerned, the exclusive use of limestone makes the structure very solid and imposing. Few fragments of terracotta tiles have been found during the topographical survey, moreover it must be considered that in the realization of the roofs often and willingly were also used the limestone shingles, building tradition still preserved today in Molise.
Torre di Morrone del Sannio molise

Torre di Morrone del Sannio


The dovecote tower is an architectural form, used for the breeding of the pigeons, inside which there were the cells that hosted the birds for their breeding. Often, however, these towers had the double function of dovecote tower and watch tower, however, in general, they had no active defensive function, given their inadequacy to this task, and could only be of help to intimidate the enemy arriving, unable to distinguish, because of the distance, the real nature of the tower. The one in question, perched on a rock overlooking the Biferno river, presumably dates back to the fourteenth century AD.
Castello di Vastogirardi molise

Castello di Vastogirardi


Its typology brings to mind the castelli-recintos of the Abruzzo-Molise area, the closest example of which, not only geographically, is that of Pesche, where the strut is absent, as in our castle, unlike other examples of the same type. This castle was meant to appear as an authentic citadel in which the functions of government, both civil (the feudal lord's palace) and religious (the parish), are based, thus representing the center of the urban agglomeration.
Castello Ciamarra Torella del Sannio molise

Castello Ciamarra Torella del Sannio


Placed on the line of the tratturo Lucera - Castel di Sangro, it was attributed by someone the role of fiscal castle, by some other of castle-rags. Specifically, it is located on top of Colle Ciglione, high above the village, where the first Lombard tower was built in the ninth century. In the 13th century it was fortified as a true castle by the Angevins. In the fifteenth century it was enlarged by the Aragonese and then passed to various barons including Ferrante of Aragon, the Francone and Caracciolo, passing later to the family Ciamarra. The castle has the shape of an aristocratic palace with an irregular rectangular plan and brick walls. It has three circular towers with a top decorated with battlements and a cone-shaped hood for the roof and a lower square tower.
Castello di Lupara molise

Castello di Lupara


The castle dominates the upper part of the town of Lupara, formed according to a spontaneous urban planning defined as winding, because it follows the contours of the hill. The fortified structure (12th century) is articulated through scarped masonry, reinforced cantonals and angular bertesca. A portal to all sixth introduces in a small hanging garden from which it is approached the most ancient environments of the fortification, currently in ruin and lacking in coverage.
Anfiteatro Romano di Larino molise

Anfiteatro Romano di Larino


The amphitheater of Larino, located in the area of Piana S. Leonardo, the ancient Larinum, is certainly the testimony of the importance of the city in the historical period considered: built most likely between 70 and 150 AD, it was built thanks to the generosity of a rich and wealthy senator of the town, as attested by the stone inscription on one of the doors. Cicerone reports (Pro Cluentio, IX, 27) that in Larino, long before having a permanent amphitheater, public games and shows (ludi) were habitually practiced in the city. It is likely that, as was also the case in Rome, they used mobile wooden structures or were used, as was the case in Sepino, the spaces of the Forum.
Ruderi Castello Duronia molise

Ruderi Castello Duronia


On the hill of San Tommaso, north of the village, remain ruins of the ancient castle. In ancient times the name of the village was Civitate veteris; in the XVIII century many archaeological discoveries were made attesting the presence, already in ancient times, of a big urban center. In the inhabited center they are evidenced the massive structures of the medieval Castle, with beside the Church of Saint Nicola, realized almost surely in the epoch in which the castle has been built. Also in the inhabited center it is found a Cross in stone whose dating could go back to the century XV, in analogy to that one of Civitanova del Sannio.
Teatro Romano Venafro molise

Teatro Romano Venafro


The theater is located on the slopes of Mount St. Cross. The first plant of the building is not later than the first Augustan age: it was built with a staircase leaning against the slope of the mountain and included the ima and the media cavea, the lower parts of the staircase, separated by a semicircular passage; the scene, not yet completely brought to light, had to be rectilinear while, as a crowning, had to have a portico. The structure is in opus reticulatum with heads of the walls and ferrules of the arches in limestone blocks, according to a late-republican tradition; the architectural decoration, partly recovered, was in white marble; the walls were frescoed or covered with polychrome marble. Over time, the theater was the subject of several interventions: at a later time of the first century AD, should be attributed to an expansion, with the construction of the summa cavea, the highest part of the steps, supported by a robust system of substructures that also had the purpose of containing the land behind the theater. The technique used is the same as the reticulated work, but with elements of limestone and tuff alternating to form simple decorative motifs.

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