San Polo Matese, Province of Campobasso, Molise

The picturesque little town rises on a rock all around an ancient tower. Once known in Molise as a place of origin of witches, it is still renowned all over central Italy for its "zampognari" (bagpipe players) who appear in the Christmastime along the streets of many Italian cities.


  • Altitude: 730 m a.s.l
  • Territory: mountainous
  • Population: about 500 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 86020
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0874
  • Patron Saint: St. Nicola di Bari on 6 Deceber
  • Frazioni & Localities: Fonteiaova, Sorbo, San Michele.

What to see

  • Ruins of the medieval castle.
  • The Parish Church of San Pietro in Vincoli (13th century), almost completely remade in the following centuries, with a fine baptismal monument, and wooden statue of Virgin with Child dated 1755, a masterpiece by Paolantonio Di Zinno.
  • In the house of the Rogati family, an artistic crib by Spanish artist Juan Mari Oliva, with figurines by Antonio Mazzeo.

Events and Festivities

  • The living crib on 26 - 27 December along the alleys of the medieval borough.

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