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Montaquila, Province of Isernia, Molise

Province of Isernia
In a very picturesque position, near the Volturno river and enjoying a great view of the Mainarde mountains, the village rises below the hill of the same name, in the wide Volturno Valley. Leaving the village towards Isernia, there is a fine view of the "Ponte dei 25 Archi" (25-arches bridge).

Provinces of Molise

Info

  • Altitude: 470 m a.s.l
  • Territory: hilly
  • Population: about 2400 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 86070
  • Phone Area Code: 0865
  • Patron Saint: S. Rocco, celebrated on August 16
  • Frazioni & Localities: Carpinete, Colle Pepe, Masserie la Corte, Mastroleoni, Roccaravindola, Torrone.

What to see

  • The church of Assunzione, of medieval origin, was destroyed and completely rebuilt in 1850
  • The church of San Michele, hosting inside interesting frescoes.

History

The etymology is not very sure, though the name seems to derive from "Montis Aquili" or "Mons Aquilus". In the 10th century it was included in the possessions of the monastery of San Vincenzo. Montaquila was destroyed completely by a fire of 1464, then rebuilt by order of Ferdinand of Aragon. Until 1861 it belonged to the Province of Terra di Lavoro, and only after that it was joined to the Province of Molise, at that time included in the Abruzzi region.