settlement of Macchiagodena occupies a commanding position over the valley of
the river Biferno. The castle is located at the western edge of the village
opposite the church of St. Nicholas. Dating back to an earlier period, possibly
of Longobard origin, (in 964 it was called Maccla de Godino), it was used
as an observation point for the Pescasseroli-Candela sheep-track. In Angevin
times it belonged to Barrasio, a knight of French origin. Later it came into the
hands of Cantelmo of Roccavivara and of the Counts Pandone of Venafro.
The castle was built on the remains of pre-existing military structures, of
which little is preserved as a result of the adaptations the castle underwent
over the centuries. It is a castle-palace with a steep escarpment along the main
façade and two circular towers; a third tower survives on the northern side.
Beyond the entrance, well protected by two towers, there is an irregularly
shaped courtyard. Traces of fortified structures are scarce.