Carpinone, Province of Isernia, Molise

This ancient borough rises on a hill surrounded by woods and derives its name from the Carpino river, north of the town.


  • Altitude: 623 m a.s.l
  • Territory: hilly
  • Population: about 1100 inhabitants in 2018
  • Zip/postal code: 86083
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0865


Under the Lombard dominion Carpinone was part of the Countdom of Isernia and later of the Countdom of Molise. In 1281, under the Anjou, it was a fiefdom of Tommaso d'Evoli. In the following centuries many different families followed one another, among them the Caldora, who built the fine castle, which was their favorite mansion.

Later on other lords were the Pandone, Cicinello, Carafa and Della Quadra families. In 1633 Carpinone was sold to Pesche, and the two places had a common political history in the following centuries. In 1748 it was bought by the De Riso family, who were the last feudal lords of the place.

What to see

  • The church of Santa Maria Assunta
  • The church of Santa Maria di Loreta, built by Biagio Martella in 1619.
  • Castello Caldora, which roses at the top of tha rock, with walls and towers still well preserved.
  • The church of San Rocco Confessore, preserving the remains of the Patron Saint, in whose honor a very interesting procession takes place on August 16th.
  • 2 km west of Carpinone there is a deep abyss, where a natural tunnel proceeds under the mountain.

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