Italian version

Index      Index
English version by:
Jason (Iacovino) Pierce,
New Jersey.



The Samnites
The Romans
The Normans
Historical chronology
The Charter of Carlo II d’Angiò
The Census of 1532
The appraisal of Morrone of 1593
Historical Events
1614 visit of Monsigor Eustacchio
1734 visit of Monsignor Tria
Luigi Cinelli
Parochial Archive
Weights and Measures
Markets and Fairs
The Feast of San Giuseppe
The Territory
Migratory route for herds
Surnames and Nicknames
Vanished surnames
Experts and Masters from Morrone
Famous People
Santa Maria in Casalpiano
Franco Valente: Casalpiano
The Toponymy of Morrone

Rural Life
A stroll around Morrone
Panoramic photo
Old prayers
Morronese cookbook
Postcards from Morrone
The portals of house
Morronese crafts


Morrone seen from:
Poetri in morronese dialect


Old photo album
Current photo album
Photos from viewers of the site
Songs from Morrone
Earthquake from Morrone
My page

I Miaban
The Newspaper of Morrone



The Molise territory
Molise in the norman period
The road system
Pre-norman fortifications and settlements
Urban development: the church and the castle
Relations with the Church
Architecture in norman times
Fortifications and castles
Molise at the time of the crusades
Molise and the Adriatic
The fortifications today

The South and the Unification of Italy


Exchange link

Screen saver of Morrone



Apartment for rent

 I am looking for Morronese relativen in America


I Sanniti
I Romani
I Normanni
Cronologia storica
1303 Carlo II D'Angiò
I censimenti dal 1532
L'apprezzo del 1593
1614 Mons. Eustacchio
1734 Mons. Tria
Inchiesta Murattiana
Archivio parrocchiale
I costumi
Le tradizioni
I pesi e le misure
I mercati e le fiere
La festa di San Giuseppe
Il territorio
Il tratturo
I cognomi e i soprannomi
I cognomi scomparsi
I maestri
Le persone famose
S. Maria in Casalpiano

Cli scavi di Casalpiano
Franco Valente spiega Caslpiano
Franco Valente: Casalpiano
Franco Valente: Araldica
La chiesa Madre
I Feudatari di Morrone
Toponimo di Morrone
L'Italia Meridionale
Vita rurale.
Quattro passi per Morrone
Panoramiche grandangolo
Antiche preghiere
Ricettario morronese
Cartoline da Morrone
I portali e lavori in pietra
Vecchi oggetti morronesi
lettere d'oltreoceano


Morrone visto da:
La poesia dialettale


Raccolta foto antiche
Raccolta foto recenti
Canzoni morronesi
foto inviate da Voi
Il terremoto a Morrone
Altri siti Molisani
La mia pagina

I Miaban
Il Giornale di Morrone



Il territorio del Molise
L'epoca Normanna
Le vie di comunicazione
Fortificazioni e insediamenti prenormanni
Sviluppo urbano: la chiesa
e il castello
I rapporti con la Chiesa
L'architettura Normanna
Opere fortificate e castelli
Il Molise e le crociate
Il Molise e l'Adriatico
Le opere fortificate oggi






Pagina link

Screen saver di Morrone




Il comune informa
The town hall informs

Notizie da Morrone. A cura di: Mariassunta Faccone & Valentina Saltarelli

Webmaster & Admin Site:
Giuseppe Buonviaggio


History of Morrone del Sannio.

English version by Jason
Italian  version

Scholastic Instruction:

s regards schooling (Galante Maria Giuseppe 1781), scholastic instruction was done in monasteries for the benefit of the state. Monks that did not teach had to pay 10% of their income to the state. Similarly, nuns that did not teach had to pay a portion of their income to the state, but only 5%. From this additional fund – as well as from other ecclesiastical revenues – the teachers were paid. Scholastic instruction consisted of history relative to Morrone and the province. Sending your child to a school was no different than condemning him or her to a form of torture.


The hospitals were considered the sewers of the nation and they dishonored and degraded the human race. The doctors that could not succeed in identifying and curing the pains of man cured all his sicknesses in the hospital.

 Hospital of Morrone:

Galante describes it as so: the Nunziata of Morrone does not have on file a record of its foundation; it has an annual revenue of 1,200 ducato. Monsignor Trìa spoke of the hospital while on his pastoral visit of November 30th, 1734. The hospital is at the Porta di Sant’Angelo (actually in Morrone there is a road called Via Ospedale) and it is situated in two rooms of a house, one above the other. It is lacking many medical supplies. At that time there was an 80-year old obstetrician called Giovanna del Pinto. Additionally, at the time of Monsignor Trìa’s visit, only the poor and the pilgrims used the hospital. There were two surgeons, Domenico Marchitto and Giovanni Fasano. In fact, the nearest hospital is in Larino. Morrone has a functioning general hospital that serves also Ripabottoni.


Common burial

The Roadways:

The first roadway built in Molise was the Consolare Sannitica with Regio Decreto 22/07/1778. To design the new road the authorities traced countless times the antique paths so as to not deprive some communities of the right of passage they enjoyed. The Consolare Sannitica passes through Campobasso and Termoli and is 90 miles long.


The toad. The toad was cancer-like and to eliminate it farmers used water with lime while sowing. The wheat, called also maize or Indian grain, is collected in September and is dried in the sun. It is estimated that around 4 tomolo (2 quintals) are needed per person.

Indian Millet:

Used to make brooms

Empirical Medicine:

Liquorice. Its roots were chopped, boiled and pressed so that the thick black syrup could be extracted and condensed. From the syrup tablets were made. The syrup was also used to dye clothing, color beer or used in medicine as an expectorant.


The church demanded decime, not only on the harvest but also on wine, sheep, kid and illegal businesses. Traditionally, only farmers payed decime. In the mountainous areas (Morrone) the decime were payed in August and September after the wheat harvest. In effect, this custom still lingers and is now carried out in the paying of the terraggio, a concession due to the landowner.
Translator’s note : (in Ancient Roman time a decima was 1/10 of one’s annual agricultural output. 1/10 of one’s production was owed to the church or other municipal authorities. The tradition of the decima dates back to an antique Jewish legislation that required 1/10 of everyone’s harvest to be given, on order of divine commandment, to the Levites.)

Universities (Associations):

Associations, or Università as they were called in the communities of Southern Italy from 1200 to 1800), were part of a social net. Chapels, congregations, agricultural entities, hospitals and old age homes were all parts of a welfare-like system. The Regia Camera was the Supreme Court and to it the task of reviewing public accounts was given. Weights, were the taxes, the fiscal contributions were divided into “ordinary” and “extraordinary”. L’udienza (the hearing) was the tribunal that governed the province. Molise until around 1800 depended on the tribunal of Lucera, which was the capital of Foggia. Ferdinando the IV of Borbone, son of Carlo III, was made king of the Kingdom of Naples in 1759.


the type of rent that one receives after having owned a specific plot of land in excess of 20 years.


a local judge of royal nomination.


lands that were given to civic use that were not subjected to any servitude. In Morrone the difesa was Collepizzuto, “a Dfenz”. 



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