Pizzone, Province of Isernia, Molise
Pizzone has been included into the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio and Molice since 1929, and the Vallefiorita plateau, at 1400 meters above sea level surrounded by centuries-old forests, as well as the Meta mountains and the dolomite-like Mainarde peaks are popular destinations for nature lovers.
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- Altitude: 730 m a.s.l
- Territory: mountainous
- Population: about 300 inhabitants in 2018
- Zip/postal code: 86076
- Phone Area Code: 0865
- Patron Saint: San Nicola, celebrated on December 6
- Frazioni & Localities: Ara Antica, Aramerdiara, Ommaro, Pagliarone.
The economy was based on the features of the area, made of pastures and forests, therefore for centuries the main resources were timber, firewood and the raising of livestock, especially cows.
The first historical mention of the center as "Piczotum" in the "Chronicon Volturnense" of the 12th century. It seems that the monks had moved in the 10th centuries peasants from Marsica to the area and these latter had built villages called Iannini, Roccasecca, Cerquacupa and Viscurri. Under the Anjou it was a fiefdom of Andrea d'Isernia and in 1320 Pizzone was united to Abruzzo Citra (presently Province of Chieti). Later on it passed to the Della Leonessa family, then to the Caldoras and finally to the Cestori.
What to see
- The church of San Nicola, built in the year 1318, according to a stone inscription, by order of Abbot Nicola of San Vincenzo. Below the church there is however a crypt of many centuries before. There are beautiful 15th century silverworks inside.
- The Visitors' Center of the National Park of Abruzzo, Molise and Lazio
- Chapel of the Assunta, previously a cemetery, at the highest point of the center.