Macchiagodena, Province of Isernia, Molise

Province of Isernia
The municipality lies about 22 kms east of Isernia, on the border with the province of Campobasso, and enjoys a wonderful view of the Matese mountains.

Provinces of Molise


  • Altitude: 864 m a.s.l
  • Territory: hilly
  • Population: about 1800 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 86096
  • Phone Area Code: 0865
  • Patron Saint: St. Nicola di Bari, 3rd Sunday in May
  • Frazioni & Localities: Caporio, Incoronata, Camposaccone, Centomani, Collesorbo, Fosso San Biase, Gaudovito, Gauta, Santa Iusta Pisano, Santa Iusta, San Matteo, Santa Maria in Pantano, Santo Ianni, Santo Ianni Marinelli, Terriaca.

What to see

  • The church of Santa Maria Assunta, with a fine statue made by Francesco Saverio Citarelli from Naples, and a precious processional cross.
  • The Medieval Castle, today there are only the basements of the old walls and two towers.


  • A very peculiar tradition, still maintained in the population, is the "rapimento", that is the kidnapping of the future bride some time before the wedding is celebrated.
  • A local dance called "tuzzaculo".


  • On 17 may, on the occasion of the patron saint, a fine, large trade fair is held.


The present name appeared already in documents of the 9th century A.D. (year 964) as "Maccia de Godina". It was a garrison post between the lombard countdoms of Isernia and Boiano, and later on a sighting post along the Pescasseroli-Candela tratturo (tratturo= shepherds' track). A great number of feudal lords came one after the other, among them the most important in the place were the Pandoni and Mormile.