Castelmauro, Province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy
Previously called Castelluccio Acquaborrana, the town had its origin in the Middle Ages on the slopes of Monte Mauro, amid thick woods of beech trees, along the left bank of the Biferno river.
Territory: mountainous -- Population: ca. 2300 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 86031 -- Phone Area Code: 0874 -- Patron Saint: San Leonardo celebrated on November 6
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In the Middle Ages this small center enjoyed a remarkable importance, thanks to the powerful feudal families of the Cantelmo, D'Evoli and Mormile, who surrounded the place with high walls where only three doors of Castello, Lavaturo and Popolo opened. After the unity of Italy, in the late 19th century, emigration was mostly directed to the Americas, while a true massive exodus took place in the aftermath of the Second World War, especially to the Belgian mining center of Herstal, which is now a twin town with Castelmauro.
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