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Rocchetta al Volturno, Province of Isernia, Molise, Italy

The landscape around Rocchetta al Volturno, from the Meta to the Mainarde mountains and the springs of the Volturno river is a natural scenery of astonishing beauty, partly reminiscent of the valleys of Switzerland, though adding to the natural beauty a rich, important past.

The original borough of Rocchetta Alta was almost abandoned after WW2 and a landslide furtherly endangered the constructions, so most of the population now live in Rocchetta Nuopva, down in the plain. Tourist come in great numbers to walk the alleys of this 20th century Pompei, a ghost town speaking silently of a not too faraway past.

The economy of Rocchetta, after a massive emigration to the USA, especially the areas of Chicago and Philadelphia, is now enjoying a rebirth in the name of green tourism and the rise of many agritourist farms, favored by the unspoiled nature, the wealth of monuments, the genuine food and ancient traditions.

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Altitude: 552 m a.s.l
-- Population: ca. 1000 inhabitants -- Zip/postal code: 86070 -- Phone Area Code: 0865 -- Patron Saint: SS. Assunta -- Frazioni & Località: Castelnuovo al Volturno

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Province of Isernia

History

Originally the settlement was called "Vaccareccia", and belonged to the Abbey of San Vincenzo al Volturno. After a destruction by the Saracens, Abbot Marino of San Vincenzo convinced some families from his native Atina to settle in the territory of Rocchetta Alta, in order to defend the abbey against further invasions. The Abbey lost the possession of the area in the 15th century in favor of the Caldora family. Then in 1442 Antonio Caldora lost Rocchetta after his betrayal of king Alfonso I of Aragon. The new lord was the Venafro Count Francesco Pandone, then other families followed until in 1725 Candido Battiloro took possession of the fiefdom, and his family kept it until feudalism was abolished.
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