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San Pietro Avellana, Province of Isernia, Molise

Province of Isernia
The small town rises on the Celano-Foggia tratturo, on the border with the Abruzzo region, just below Monte Capraro (1730 mt.) surrounded by forests of beech and oak trees and two fine pinewoods, which make it a truly great tourist destination in the summer.

Provinces of Molise

Info

  • Altitude: 960 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 490 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 86088
  • Phone Area Code: 0865
  • Patron Saint: Sant'Amico, Saints Peter and Paul, celebrated on 29 June Pietro e Paolo
  • Frazioni & Localities: Alvani, Cerri, Masserie di Cristo, Scalo Ferroviario.

What to see

  • The church of Sant'Amico with 13th-century statues rises on the highest point of the town, where once the fortress was. Inside there is under the altar the original tomb of the Saint, a benedictine monk. In 1623 his remains were however moved to a stone ark.
  • Parish Church of SS. Pietro e Paolo
  • Municipality Museum.

Events

  • August: Emigrants' Festival
  • August: week of "Museo della civiltà contadina".

History

The name comes from an ancient benedictine monastery dedicated to San Pietro, around which the population gathered and established a settlement, later called "Avellana" since on the site there was in the past Volana, an ancient Samnite town destroyed by Roman consul Suprius Carvilius.

The town was a Benedictine fiefdom from 1027 to 1785, and religion was a really great inlfuence in the character of the population. The economy was flourishing for centuries under the transhumance system, since the area was both a transit post and a place of summer pastures. With the crisis of the pastoral economy, a massive emigration began especially to the States, with main destination Pittsburgh.