Plebiscito square in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone. Molise region, central south Italy

Plebiscito square in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone. Molise region, central south Italy

Agnone is in the center of important archaeological vestiges of the old Oscan-Samnite civilization and is sometimes called “the Athens of the Sannio” due to the large number of ancient ruins of the Samnitic culture. According to the tradition, the name of Agnone derives from the old city of Aquilonia that was destroyed by the Romans.


Agnone appears on Roman maps under different regions at various times as Aprutium, Picenum, Sabina et Samnium, Flaminia et Picenum and/or Campania et Samnium. The Roman penchant for building seems to have passed Agnone over as Samnitic architecture still prevailed. Agnone was an important center during the rule of the Lombards, but then was left decaying in the centuries immediately preceding 1000, while the Verrino Valley and surrounding hills became a place of hermitages, monasteries and small agricultural colonies.

It is worth visiting the International Bell Museum and the Church of Saint Francis. No less interesting is the civil architecture of the village: the old town is of a clear Venetian style, in fact, venturing along the narrow streets of the ancient village you encounter frequently in the Venetian workshops and small stone statues depicting, Venetian lions. The Ancient Bottega Orafa, located in Corso Garibaldi, testifies to an ancient migration of lagoon artisans towards Agnone, which had happened centuries ago by the Borrello family. Interesting is the main square in the historic center, Plebiscito Square, formerly called Tomolo Square where, at the end of the nineteenth century, the Monument was inaugurated to the illustrious Libero Serafini citizen. Also in this square there are seven streets that start from as many other areas of the ancient village, which houses a characteristic marble fountain dating back to 1881 (the year of the construction of the first urban aqueduct of Agnese).

Attractions 

the XIV century Church of San Francesco, embellished by a façade with a rose window and a portal in Gothic style, Inside are preserved precious altars, decorative elements by the artist Piazza and frescoes by the artist Gamba, next to the church, the Monastery with its beautiful cloister. It houses the Municipal Library and the Exhibition of Ancient Books, an important collection of rare books;
the Church of St. Emidio, built in the XV century, which features a beautiful Gothic portal. Inside there are several artworks dating from the XVII and XVIII centuries, including some sculptures of the Dupré and twelve XVII century wooden statues of the Neapolitan school. Adjoining to the church, there is a small museum of ancient art;
the Church of St. Mark the Evangelist, founded in the XI century, which features a very simple façade, embellished with a Renaissance portal;
the XI century Church of San Biase
the Church of the Annunciation
the Church of St. Anthony
the Church of Santa Croce
the Church of Sant’Amico
the Church of San Nicola
the Church of San Pietro
the Church of the Trinity
the International Museum of the Bell

more information:

https://www.localidautore.com/paesi/agnone-1606

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnone

http://www.madeinsouthitalytoday.com/agnone.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontificia_Fonderia_Marinelli

http://www.comune.agnone.is.it/hh/index.php
The monument of Libero Serafini, the revolutionary Jacobean who died during the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799.

The monument of Libero Serafini, the revolutionary Jacobean who died during the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799. 

The monument of Libero Serafini, the revolutionary Jacobean who died during the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799.

The monument of Libero Serafini, the revolutionary Jacobean who died during the Neapolitan Revolution of 1799. 

View of characteristic street market at Agnone medieval village. Molise region, central south Italy

View of characteristic street market at Agnone medieval village. Molise region, central south Italy

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone. Molise region, central south Italy

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone. Molise region, central south Italy

Old butcher shop with typical wooden entrance in the medieval village of Agnone.

Old butcher shop with typical wooden entrance in the medieval village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

View of characteristic street market at Agnone medieval village.

View of characteristic street market at Agnone medieval village. 

View of characteristic street market at Agnone medieval village.

View of characteristic street market at Agnone medieval village. 

Buonarroti climb in medieval historic center of Agnone village.

Buonarroti climb in medieval historic center of Agnone village.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Church of St. Anthony in the historic center of the Agnone village.

Church of St. Anthony in the historic center of the Agnone village.

Church of St. Anthony in the historic center of the Agnone village.

Church of St. Anthony in the historic center of the Agnone village.

Church of St. Anthony in the historic center of the Agnone village.

Church of St. Anthony in the historic center of the Agnone village.

Church of St. Anthony in the historic center of the Agnone village.

Church of St. Anthony in the historic center of the Agnone village.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Plebiscito square in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Plebiscito square in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Interior view  of an elegant bar in the medieval village of Agnone. The bar which is called literary, has a decor beginning 900. 

Interior view  of an elegant bar in the medieval village of Agnone. The bar which is called literary, has a decor beginning 900. 

Interior view  of an elegant bar in the medieval village of Agnone. The bar which is called literary, has a decor beginning 900. 

Interior view  of an elegant bar in the medieval village of Agnone. The bar which is called literary, has a decor beginning 900. 

Interior view  of an elegant bar in the medieval village of Agnone. The bar which is called literary, has a decor beginning 900. 

Church of the Annunciation in the historic center of the village of Agnone.

Church of the Annunciation in the historic center of the village of Agnone.

Church of the Annunciation in the historic center of the village of Agnone.

Church of the Annunciation in the historic center of the village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Typical medieval architecture in the historic center of the medieval village of Agnone.

Church of Sant'Emidio in the historic center of the Agnone. village.

Church of Sant'Emidio in the historic center of the Agnone. village.

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